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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

SEC Interpretive Guidance Permits Tacking of Rule 144 Holding Period for REIT Common Stock Acquired Upon Redemption of OP Units in...

On March 14, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) affirming that, in a traditional UPREIT structure, the...more

Investment in UK Real Estate - Considerations for overseas investors

There are no controls on foreign ownership or occupation of UK real estate. As a result the UK market continues to benefit from large amounts of overseas investment, attracted by its settled legal and planning system and...more

EB-5 financing accelerates in 2016 and favors (1) Hotels, (2) Mixed-Use and (3) Multifamily as top 3 targets for EB-5 funding.

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles at the latest EB-5 Summit - If you have been thinking about tapping into EB-5 financing for your development project, this is the time to make your decision and act quickly. If you need...more

Real Estate Update: Australia's foreign investment regime reloaded and recent developments

On 22 February 2016, the Australian Federal Government announced the introduction of various tax compliance obligations that are to be included as conditions of future Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)...more

FIRPTA Withholding Amounts Change

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The new PATH Act reforms the Foreign Investment in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FinCEN Issues Advisory on Update to List of FATF Identified Jurisdictions - FinCEN has issued an advisory to financial institutions summarizing updates made by the FATF to the list of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

Money and Dirt: Reviewing 2015; Previewing 2016

We’ll end 2015 with a quick look back at some of the important developments in California real estate and secured lending law covered in this blog, and a look forward to issues that will get attention in 2016....more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired...more

Congress Passes New Tax Laws Affecting REITs - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act provides for a number of favorable and flexible REIT-specific tax provisions, and implements...more

Risk-retention rule for asset-backed securities finalized

On October 22, 2014, the federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing regulations under Dodd-Frank finalized the risk retention rule for asset-backed securities (the “Risk Retention Rule“). For the securitization...more

The Death of EB-5 Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Earlier this year we discussed the uncertain future of the EB-5 Visa Program, one of the most successful inbound investment programs of recent years, as evidenced by the $5.2 billion dollars the program has generated in the...more

Overview of Affordable Housing Programs

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has rating criteria for municipal and corporate bonds, the proceeds of which are to be used to finance the acquisition, refinancing, or renovation of affordable rental housing communities. These...more

California’s Secured Promissory Note Exemption

The line between real property transactions and securities transactions is not always clear.  California Corporations Code Section 25100(p) provides an exemption for a promissory note secured by a lien on real property...more

SEC Cites Firm’s Inadequate Books For Delaying Investigation

The SEC took the unusual step of citing the inadequacy of the books and records of the firm for “adversely impacting” its investigation and “causing unreasonably prolonged uncertainty concerning” the company’s historic...more

FINRA Releases Revised 4210 Margin Rule Proposal

The reproposed amendments to Rule 4210 attempt to address commenters’ concerns that the original proposed rule would impact business activity in the TBA market....more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Proposes Rules for Funding Portals - On Oct. 9 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change to adopt Funding Portal Rules 100 (general standards), 110 (funding portal application),...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 24, DBRS published a report describing its approach for monitoring European CMBS ratings. On September 25, DBRS published its methodology for rating European RMBS transactions issued in Europe with residential...more

Crowdfunding and Real Estate Development

The real estate development market continues to open up to crowdfunding, and the changes to capital raising for real estate projects could be significant if only a small portion of the potential of these new methods take...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud, Microcap Fraud Actions

Microcap fraud and offering fraud cases are staples of SEC enforcement. The agency added to its totals in these areas, filing an additional offering fraud and microcap fraud action. SEC v. Mogler, Civil Action No. 15-cv-01814...more

Bank of America and Midland Settle RMBS Litigation

On September 8, 2015, Bank of America NA and Midland Loan Services settled Bank of America’s lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that it did not breach the representations and warranties in connection with a CMBS...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 27, 2015, Fitch updated its criteria for analyzing large loans in U.S. CMBS transactions. On August 28, 2015, Fitch updated its UK Whole Business Securitization rating criteria. On August 28, 2015, Fitch updated its...more

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

SEC Regulations on Investment Securities Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has created a revolution in the raising of funds for startup companies and for other projects, including both for-profit and not-for-profit projects. Crowdfunding is a process by which a company or project can...more

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