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A Summary of Comments From the DOL Hearing on the Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) concluded a four day public hearing on its proposed conflict of interest rule (the “Proposed Rule”). The approximately 75 witnesses generally fell into two groups: the...more

SFC Reports Hong Kong’s Growth As International Investment Hub

As the Chinese stock market continues to spiral down, news agencies continue to report on the efforts of the government to abate the crash. In contrast, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong is reporting another...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Indian Private Equity: Taxation and Trends

With a new government at India’s center and positive macroeconomic fundamentals working in its favor, the private equity industry is expected to invest more actively into India over the short to medium term. In the past year,...more

Retail Real Estate: Quarterly Summary Report - Q1 2015

In this Issue: - National Market Trends - Leasing Trends - Major Industry Transactions - Retail in Ohio - Excerpt from National Market Trends: As more millennials move into urban...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more

Benesch Health Care Market Intelligence - Private Equity Summary Report 2015

- In this Issue: - Key Findings - Industry Trends - Industry News - Transactions - Fund News - Outlook - Excerpt from Key Findings: Private equity firms continue to be active investors...more

Ski Lift Towers Held to Be Good REIT Asset

In order to qualify for the tax advantages available for real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), the majority of a REIT’s assets must qualify as “real property”. As the areas that REITs are investing in continue to grow, we...more

IRS Treats Rotating Digital Display Income As Good REIT Income

In PLR 201522002, the IRS clarified that REITs can earn good rent income from outdoor advertising displays even if multiple tenants rent the same display area for rotating ads. In the ruling, the REIT owned outdoor...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tax Code Amendments Proposed to Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), both members of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation intended to encourage foreign investment in United States real...more

FIRPTA Changes Coming?

It is a pleasure to see something coming out of Congress these days that seeks to attract foreign investment, instead of repelling it. A recent bill by Representatives Brady and Crowley seeks to modernize FIRPTA by expanding...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

Court Decision Helps REITs Strategize for Successful Acquisitions in the Face of Shareholder Litigation

Decision of note for REITs contemplating asset acquisitions involving stock consideration that requires stockholder approval, even if the transaction does not effect a change-in-control. Background – Following...more

Renewable Structures: Choices and Challenges

Since the first wind deal utilizing a partnership in 2003 (also known as a “partnership flip,” a “pre-tax after-tax partnership,” or a “wind safe harbor partnership structure”), there has been a constant evolution of...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 19 (Global)

In This Issue: - INTERNATIONAL: Key Issues For Real Estate In The Implementation Of The AIFMD Across Europe - ASIA: Understanding Four Key Changes To The Hong Kong REIT Code -...more

BIG DEAL MONDAY – Health Care REIT Announces Ambitious Investment Goal for Q1 2015

While 2015 has gotten off to something of a slow start in the number of deals closing, Health Care REIT has big plans for the early part of the year. Following its report of a record year of earnings to industry...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...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

SEC Approves Amendments to NASD Rule 2340 and FINRA Rule 2310 to Address Values of Direct Participation Program and Unlisted Real...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 15-02 regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approved amendments to National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Rule 2340 (and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 1

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds - ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and...more

FINRA Issues a Packed Priorities Letter for 2015

FINRA opened 2015 with a lengthy and ambitious agenda of regulatory priorities. This year’s Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter is much longer than those issued the last two years, and repeats many of those years’...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015

Editor’s Note: FINRA Rulemaking: In this issue we report on three recent FINRA rule amendments. The first amends the NASD rule on the use of customer account statements to require that member firms use more accurate...more

REITs and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

The implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive throughout the European Union may have implications for REITs in the United States if they are determined to be alternative investment funds or “AIFs”....more

Private Equity Summary Report 2014

In This Issue: 1. Key Findings 2. Disruptive Forces 3. Health Care Private Equity Overview 4. Transaction Value 5. Subsector Activity 6. Venture Capital 7. Accountable Care Organizations 8....more

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