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2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Property Purchase

The conventional wisdom about the UAE is that it was built on oil first and property second. The country's most populous city Dubai is a living shrine to the role property has played in building society from the ground up;...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 7

When this Chapter was published in the preceding edition to this book in 2012, the main focus of the discussion on intercreditor agreements was the A/B intercreditor as such senior/junior lender arrangement was, and for the...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 5

As highlighted throughout this book, a significant development in the capital markets over the last two decades has been the arrival of real estate debt on the global stage as an asset class in its own right. Based on its...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 20

In late 2011 and early 2012, the fragile green shoots of recovery began to peek out from the barren blasted heath of the crisis-blown financial markets. Market activity was spurred by a rare confluence of secular trends,...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - December 2016

Significant Changes in US Tax System Likely - In the short time since the surprising election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, much already has been written about the likelihood and likely...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 19

CRE has been an increasingly important asset class for Islamic-compliant transactions and banks since the publication of the first edition of this book in 2006. During this period, Islamic-compliant finance has proved to be...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 11

In the last edition of this title, in 2012, a view point was taken that loan servicers were front and centre of European CRE loan workouts and restructurings in the post GFC era and their role would become increasingly more...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 1

Commercial real estate (CRE) is a tremendously important asset, as the content of this book will discuss. However, the CRE lending and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) markets are, at the time of writing, largely...more

New attractive real estate investment fund in Belgium

Belgium recently introduced the regulatory framework for an attractive new real estate investment vehicle, the specialized real estate investment fund (gespecialiseerd vastgoedbeleggingsfonds (GVBF) / fonds d’investissement...more

On safari: South Africa hunts deals in CEE and SEE

The real estate community was abuzz in March 2016 when South Africa's Redefine Properties acquired a 75 per cent stake in Poland's Echo Prime Properties' 18-asset portfolio, a deal valued at EUR 1.2 billion....more

New Regulations Issued Regarding CFCs and Investment in U.S. Property

Income earned abroad by U.S. controlled foreign corporations can often qualify for deferral of U.S. income tax. If the foreign corporation is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), its U.S. shareholders may be taxable on...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

Recent Developments for Indonesian REITs

On 17 October 2016, President Joko Widodo signed Government Regulation No. 40 of 2016New Tax Incentives for Indonesian REITs"). 1 ("GR 40"). GR 40 changes the tax rate imposed on the transfer of property (land and building)...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

UK Regulator Finalizes Standards for Underwriting Buy-to-Let Mortgages

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and Supervisory Statement setting out its final policy approach to underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts. The Supervisory Statement sets out...more

International focus - Taking security over real estate in the Commonwealth of Independent States

For better or worse, we live in an increasingly globalised world. And in the lifetime of many businesses, there comes a time when they need to expand into new markets in foreign lands. Rather than taking the well-trodden road...more

(UK) Rentcharges: beasts of burden or burdensome beasts?

Rentcharges are, in theory, a very useful way of securing a positive obligation to pay against freehold land owners. They are mainly now created to cover estate service charges to ensure freeholders will pay common expenses...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Medio Oriente es un gran participante en el mercado de bienes raíces del sur de la Florida

No es ningún secreto que Miami se ha convertido en uno de los mercados más atractivos del mundo para los inversores internacionales. Los latinoamericanos, en particular, han tenido una gran influencia en el sector...more

(UK) Business Rates Update

There have been a number of developments on business rates which affect investment management and lettings to corporate occupiers. Exactly what use qualifies as charitable and benefits from reduced rates is clearer, as is...more

EU: Injunctions against intermediaries available also in the offline world

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently confirmed that the ability of rightholders to apply for an injunction against intermediaries whose services are used by a third party to infringe an intellectual...more

Opportunities in challenging markets: Sale-and-Leaseback, Build-to-Suit and other new Real Estate deal structures in the UAE

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and reduced government spending, real estate markets across the UAE have softened in recent times, resulting in tightened liquidity and contracted asset values. However, challenging...more

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