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Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 25, S&P released its updated criteria for rating government-related entities. On March 25, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in Asia-Pacific (APAC), including...more

CMBS – Risky Business?

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) loans are on the rise and many familiar with the market are concerned with the relaxed underwriting standards. Interestingly, looser underwriting standards and increased loan...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ECON Votes in Favor of the MIF Regulation - On January 27, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ("ECON") released a press release stating that it had voted in favour of the proposed Regulation on multilateral...more

"Unlocking Value Through REIT Spin-Offs"

Real estate investment trust (REIT) spin-offs provide a means for companies to unlock the value of their real estate. Due to current economic conditions, more companies in more business sectors are considering separating...more

OSC Expects REIT Distributions Disclosure to Yield More Information

In the current low interest rate environment, yield-hungry investors have been particularly attracted to real estate investment trusts (REITs), which, as tax-efficient, flow-through investment vehicles, aim to pay regular...more

Of Broken Leases and ‘Broken Windows’

On Dec. 3, 2014, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought an enforcement action against two former top executives of Assisted Living Concepts LLC, a large provider of senior living...more

Barbarians at the (REIT) Gates: REITs Should Be Prepared for a New World Order of Shareholder Activists, Hostile Overtures and...

Publicly traded REITs today face an increased risk of potential shareholder activism, proxy fights and otherwise hostile overtures. In response to this growing trend, public REITs should examine their corporate governance...more

Overview of UK Real Estate Structures and Transactions

This Overview provides a general summary of the different corporate structures that may be used to hold, and transact in, UK real estate (such as special purpose vehicles, property unit trusts, partnerships and REITS), the...more

Global Financial Markets Insight

Welcome - As 2014 comes to a close the Financial Markets will look back on the year with mixed views. It has been a year driven by policy uncertainty and the impact of regulatory change. Policy uncertainty continues in...more

Condo hotels: Don’t forget the secret sauce!

Condo hotels are back in vogue as “securities” - Developers particularly like the “new model” where condo hotel investments are offered as a “securities” using the new SEC Rule 506(c) for private placements with public...more

How Falsifying Compliance With A Lease Became Securities Fraud

The CEO and CFO of a successful senior living firm sought to expand the business by acquiring the operations of another firm and leasing its facilities. Despite warnings that the lease terms were far to onerous, the deal was...more

Regulators Adopt Risk Retention Rule with Few Changes

A final credit risk retention rule was recently issued with respect to asset-backed securities (ABS) by the prudential bank regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Risk Retention for Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities: Fact Sheet

On October 22, 2014, the federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing regulations under Dodd-Frank finalized the risk retention rules for ABS transactions, including CMBS transactions. The final rules come more...more

CMBS Issuer wins negligence claim against valuer in English High Court

In a judgement of major significance for the commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) market, the High Court has ordered a negligent valuer to pay €32 million damages to a CMBS issuer. This is the first time a...more

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and...more

Condo Hotel Branding: Benefits and New Risks with Rule 506(c) - Condo Hotel Projects Sold as Exempt Securities Require Informed...

Condominium hotels are a subject of renewed interest, buoyed by the rising tide for real estate generally. These projects are also encouraged by favorable trends for financing under the SEC's new Rule 506(c) that allows...more

Editorial: Recent Changes in SEC Rules Creates Opportunities for Condo Hotel Developers

The real estate market is back and with it has come renewed interest in building condo hotels, especially in popular vacation destinations like Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas. Condo hotels were very popular among foreign...more

How Brokers Can Navigate SEC Rule 506(c)

How does the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Rule 506(c) impact commercial real estate brokers? What can real estate brokers do to meet securities broker-dealer requirements? And is it possible to obtain dual...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In Win For Condo-Hotel Developers

We recently posted about condo-hotels and their apparent comeback in the marketplace. Now, a recent Supreme Court decision that decreases the restrictions historically inherent to these types of properties could intensify the...more

"Chairman Camp’s Proposals Place REITs in the Crosshairs"

On February 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R. Mich.) proposed a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code (the Code). While the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” (the Proposals) contains a number of previously...more

Condominium Hotel Units: On the Benefits of Being a Security

The potential application of federal and state securities laws to the sale of condominiums when coupled with the opportunity to participate in a rental program (sometimes referred to as a "condohotel," "condominium hotel," or...more

Are Condo Hotels Making A Comeback?

Condo hotels offer private individuals the opportunity to purchase a condominium unit for personal use part of the year and for rent to the general public as part of a hotel when it is not in use by the owner. These projects...more

Properly Structured Sales and Marketing Programs for Condo Hotel Developers Are Imperative Under Salameh

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important opinion that could establish a safe harbor to protect condominium hotels from being characterized as securities under federal and state securities laws. In...more

Optional Rental Program Did Not Transform Hotel-Condominium Units into Securities, Ninth Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative securities class action concerning the sale of 420 hotel-condominium units at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego....more

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