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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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