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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

SEC, United Settle Internal Controls Case

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was passed, a key portion of the statute centered on the books and records and internal control provisions written by the Commission. While the bribery provisions only apply to foreign...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

Payments on Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Loans Cannot be Avoided in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code gives a trustee the power to avoid pre-petition fraudulent and preference transfers made by a debtor, except that a trustee may not avoid a transfer that is “made by or to (or for the benefit of)” a party...more

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2016

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

All those traders excited about a burgeoning US economy ahead may want to keep an eye on the commercial real estate market, which is seeing a rise in defaults and delinquencies as pre-crisis 10-year loans come due....more

CMBS Loans In Hard-Hit Detroit, Cleveland, Take Creativity

Kenneth Fields was quoted in Andrew McIntyre’s Law360 article looking at hard-hit markets, including Detroit and Cleveland, that are having difficulty refinancing commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loans as the...more

Risk Retention and the CRE CLO

As we are just inking one of the very first pre-risk retention effective date risk retention deals (Potemkin Village anyone?), we are also seeing an increased flow of what are generically referred to as CRE CLOs. It’s time to...more

ISS Proposed 2017 Voting Policy Would Result in Recommendations Against NCG Committee Members of Many REITs

On October 27, 2016, ISS released certain proposed changes to its voting policies for 2017 for comment. One of its proposed changes is to recommend against the election of NCG committee members of any company that eliminates...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Interest Rate Hedging for Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions - November 16th,...

This webinar will cover the basics of hedging interest rate risks of commercial finance transactions. Including a brief overview of the state of the current derivatives market, an overview of the ISDA Master Agreement and...more

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

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