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West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...more

UK real estate opportunities – Brexit fallout

The decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union was taken in the early hours of June 24, 2016. As no Member State of the European Union has previously withdrawn from EU membership, the so-called "Brexit" is...more

What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs

In February 2016, Hilton Worldwide announced its plans to spin off the bulk of its hotel real estate into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be owned by its shareholders by the end of the year. 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

Treasury Expands Scope of REIT Spin-Off Rules in New Regulations

On June 7, the Treasury Department released temporary regulations (the “Temporary Regulations”) that expand the types of spinoff transactions subject to the rules under Section 337(d)2 requiring gain recognition where either...more

My “Flippín” House?

Tax Strategies to Reduce Taxation and Build Wealth for House Flippers - Overview - I seem to be perpetually out to lunch. When I step on the scale too, this point is further confirmed. I do not know why I have...more

Are You Within Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement? The Tentacles of Money Laundering Schemes Affect Real Estate Investors...

The U.S. Treasury Department has signaled the latest focus of its enforcement: real estate ventures with ties to money laundering schemes. Individual real estate investors and companies involved in luxury real estate, real...more

Treasury Department Issues New REIT Spinoff Rules

The Treasury Department today released new temporary and proposed regulations that will impact spinoffs and REIT conversions and modify the definition of “converted property” with respect to REIT transactions....more

Reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and REIT Taxation - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The reforms generally encourage foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) contains numerous reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act...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

Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015: The Highlights

The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015 (Qld) (Bill) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 10 May 2016. The Bill gives effect to outcomes from the statutory review of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Act). Key...more

Another Case Addressing a Potential Trap for Real Estate Investors: Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a prior post, Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public: the Law is Unsettled, we saw that California courts have struggled with the interpretation of Civil Code section 1009, which generally makes it more...more

Real Estate Market Intelligence - Retail Development Quarterly Report - Q1 2016

Key Findings - The U.S. retail sector remains commercial real estate’s most sluggish sector, partially due to robust building during the 2000s, which left a hangover of space, and partially because the U.S. recovery...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

"Key Takeaways: Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate"

On May 4, 2016, Skadden presented the seminar “How FIRPTA and REIT Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate.” Congressman Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., gave the introductory remarks, and panelists included Jeffrey DeBoer,...more

When is a Wrongful Foreclosure Case a “SLAPP”?

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16) arms a defendant with an early method to challenge a lawsuit known as a “SLAPP” — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are...more

"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been...more

Amendments to real estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Federal Law No. 431-FZ dated 30 December 2015 “On Geodesics, Cartography and Spatial Data and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” The law under...more

IRS Withdraws Controversial Pronouncement on “Bad Boy” Guarantees

In a client advisory dated February 25, 2016, we described a legal memorandum released by the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Memorandum”) which took the position that a typical “carve-out” or...more

San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax – Frequently Asked Questions from the Real Estate Industry

The extended due date to file 2015 San Francisco Gross Receipt Tax (“GRT”) returns is April 29, 2016. In anticipation of preparing these returns, below are frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) posed by commercial real estate...more

Plan Ahead to Avoid or Minimize US Estate Tax

If you are not a US resident or a US citizen and are considering buying assets in the US, there are ways to avoid or minimize US estate tax on those assets. ...more

Sustainable Retail – Eco-Friendly Shopping at the Mall

Sustainability experts claim that “a good building- efficiency rating is quickly becoming the real estate equivalent of a motor vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating and helps bring capital to owners and investors.” The National...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

Let’s Buy a Beach House Together! Or Maybe Not.

When friends decide to buy vacation property together, they may not consider the legal status of their relationship—at least until litigation starts. Importantly, they may not be aware that they might have formed a general...more

The U.S. Treasury Releases New FIRPTA Regulations

On February 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury released new regulations (the New FIRPTA Regulations) that reflect changes that the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) made to the Foreign Investment in Real...more

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