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BEPS and real estate investment funds: What are sponsors to do?

The final reports on the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project were issued on 5 October (the "Reports") after a two-year consultation period during which 62 countries and many other stakeholders (such as...more

ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment

On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes for 2016. The three proposals are as follows...more

Fibra E Trusts | Energy and Infrastructure Investment Vehicle

On 29 September 2015, the Fourth Set of Amendments to the Annual Tax Regulations for the 2015 fiscal year (“Tax Regulations”), which create and regulate a new investment vehicle called an energy and infrastructure investment...more

IRS Limits Ability of REITs to Obtain Private Letter Rulings on Tax-Free Spin-Off Transactions

In the recently released Revenue Procedure 2015-43, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that it no longer will issue private letter rulings with respect to certain tax-free spin-offs where, immediately after the...more

IRS Adds Certain Spin Transactions to the “No Rule” List

Treasury and IRS announce that certain “cash rich” and REIT/RIC conversion spin-offs are under study and are added to the “no rule” list. On September 14, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (the Treasury) and...more

Fibra E | Energy and Infrastructure Investment vehicle

On September 17, drafts of the Fourth Set of Amendments to the Annual Tax Regulations issued by the Ministry of Finance for the fiscal year 2015 (“Tax Regulations”)1and the amendments to the general provisions applicable to...more

The Treasury and the IRS Issue Spin-Off Revenue Procedure and Notice Announcing No-Rule Areas That Are Under Study

On September 14th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2015 43 (the “Rev. Proc.”) announcing new “no-rule” areas with respect to spin offs involving substantial amounts of investment assets, small amounts of active trade or business...more

Crowdfunding and Real Estate Development

The real estate development market continues to open up to crowdfunding, and the changes to capital raising for real estate projects could be significant if only a small portion of the potential of these new methods take...more

IRS No Rule Policy Expected to Cool Down Spin-offs

On Monday, the IRS released Notice 2015-59. In it, the IRS announced that the IRS will no longer issue private letter rulings on whether a distribution satisfies the requirements of Section 355 for a tax-free spin-off where...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases. Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex...more

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

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