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New draft regulation on REITs

On 14 October 2016, the Polish government published a long-awaited draft of a new law on real estate investment trusts (REITs) (Polish: spólki rynku wynajmu nieruchomosci). The draft has now been referred to public...more

The Dawn of CMBS 4.0: Changes and Challenges in a New Regulatory Regime

Commercial real estate has been financed in the U.S. capital markets through creation of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) since the early 1990s, peaking at $240 billion in 2007 and representing about 25% of all...more

Washington Insight - September 2016

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank - On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010...more

Southern District of Texas Case Holds That Americold Does Not Apply to Mortgage-Backed Securities Trusts Because Such Trusts Are...

On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1012 (2016), holding that the citizenship of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on REIT Parking Facility Income

In the recently released Private Letter Ruling 201628020, the IRS considered a situation where affiliated entities owned various properties in an office park; the IRS determined that the entities’ income from leasing space in...more

Regulations Finalized on REIT Real Property Rules

The Department of Treasury and IRS have finalized the regulations defining “real property” for purposes of the REIT rules. The regulations essentially adopt the proposed regulations...more

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow...more

Client Alert: Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute

The predictable landscape of foreclosing real property is no longer that for mortgagees, potential investors, construction professionals or municipalities in Florida. Last week, the Fourth District Court of Appeal confirmed...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect Against Risks

Real estate investment involves many risks with which real estate investment managers are familiar. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance, to “macro risks” such as negative...more

A Primer on EB-5 and Key Issues in its Renewal

What is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program? The EB-5 immigrant investment visa program provides a “fast track” to obtain permanent U.S. residency (a “green card”) to qualified foreign investors who satisfy...more

Selected Risk Retention Questions and Answers for CMBS Securitizations

On October 22, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing...more

The NPL Circus: the Italian Tightrope

This summer, fans of the non-performing loan (NPL) circus, are in for a treat with the launch of the Italian tightrope trick. Spurred on by the recent European Banking Authority stress tests, the news last week that...more

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

Brexit: Property investment commentary

Does the fall in sterling present enhanced property investment opportunities for overseas investors? In short the answer is likely to be yes for those investors dealing in currencies that have strengthened against the...more

Supreme Court Rules that Citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity is Based on Citizenship of its Members, Which Includes...

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) ruled that the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity (“REIT”), for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, is based on the citizenship of its...more

Brexit: The Impact on Commercial Real Estate

Brexit has presented increased opportunities for investment in the UK commercial real estate market, with property funds offering discounted real estate assets and with overseas investors looking to invest in what they see as...more

PROMESA Shields Puerto Rico Behind a New Automatic Stay

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law. The most significant portions of PROMESA are found in titles I and II, which establish an...more

Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners

On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by foreign individuals and legal...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

CREFC Annual Conference 2016: Headwinds or Head First Into the Wall?

The slow start to 2016 did not dampen the enthusiasm at CREFC’s Annual Conference, held last week in New York City. The conference saw record attendance, with standing-room-only crowds at virtually every panel. As with the...more

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

Delaware Supreme Court Weighs In On “Direct v. Derivative” Question Certified By Second Circuit

In Citigroup Inc. v. AHW Investment Partnership, No. 641, 2015 (Del. May 24, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law presented by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals allowing shareholders...more

An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

Since the Land Registration Act 1925 the register of land in England and Wales has been interested only in legal title. All this is set to change. The Prime Minister announced on 12 May 2016 that any foreign company looking...more

The Class X Factor: It’s a NO from the Chancellor

It’s not been a good month for Class X Noteholders. Following the judgment in the Windermere VII case in which Snowden J found against the Class X Noteholder, the Chancellor of the High Court, Etherton J, in Titan Europe...more

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