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Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Section 355 Guidance: More Clarity and New Tests on Device, Active Trade or Business and Distribution of Control

The recent guidance under section 355 is a significant attempt by the IRS to clarify in a formal way what it historically has been able to do on a case-by-case basis through the private letter ruling process....more

Treasury and IRS Issue New Spin-Off Proposed Treasury Regulations On Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements

On July 14, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued proposed regulations under Section 355 on spin-off transactions (the “Proposed Regulations”) that provide guidance with respect to the spin-off device prohibition...more

Proposed Regulations Would Block Some Spinoffs

Proposed regulations issued on July 14, 2016 generally would prevent tax-free spinoffs involving companies with less than 5% active business assets and spinoffs where one company holds a substantial amount of nonbusiness...more

Five Things about the IRS’s Proposed Regulations on the Spinoff Device and Active Business

On July 14, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed long-anticipated regulations tightening the “device” and “active trade or business” tests that are necessary for a corporation to distribute a subsidiary in a...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Defers to the Court of Chancery’s Fact-Finding and Witness Credibility...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Supreme Court—CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox, C.A. No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016)—Justice Holland, writing for the majority, affirmed a Court of Chancery post-trial decision that found...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

IRS Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations Focused on REIT/RIC Conversion Transactions

The regulations affect both real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulated investment companies (RICs) that receive appreciated property from a C corporation in a so-called “conversion transaction.”...more

Federal Tax Advisory: General Utilities Repeal and Spins

Notice 2015-59, 2015-40 IRB 459, issued last September, suggests that the IRS has concerns about several aspects of Section 355 tax-deferred spinoffs. One of these is the relevance of the 1986 repeal of the General Utilities...more

On Remand, District Court Rules for the Fiduciaries in Tatum v. R.J. Reynolds

The R.J. Reynolds defendants have again prevailed against allegations that they breached their fiduciary duties by divesting the RJR 401(k) plan of funds invested in Nabisco stock. Following remand by the Fourth Circuit, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.18.16

The Fed’s patience on rate hikes coupled with surging commodities prices (including oil over $40/barrel for the first time since December) helped push the Dow into positive territory for the year – WSJ... So apparently...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Ask For Permission Or Beg For Forgiveness? A Primer For Startups Dealing With Regulators - Possible regulatory obstacles should be on the mind of all...more

Private Equity Market Intelligence: Retail Acquisition & Development in Primary Markets Quarterly Report - Q4

Key Findings - ..The retail industry is becoming more complex and changing at an ever increasing speed. Shifting demographics, household downsizing, more educated consumers, new channel formats, among other trends,...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

New FIRPTA Reform Creates PATH to Potential Benefits for Existing REITs and Foreign Investors in the United States

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among other changes, the PATH Act significantly modifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

More Flexible and Efficient, with Emphasis on Stakeholder Protection: Taiwan Amends the Business Mergers and Acquisitions Act

On January 8, 2016, an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Taiwan’s Business Mergers and Acquisition Act (the “Act”) has become effective. Through this amendment, the government hopes to encourage M&A activities in Taiwan by...more

New PATH Act Changes Rules for Foreign Investment in US Real Estate and for REITs

The PATH Act exempts certain foreign pension funds from taxation under FIRPTA and significantly modifies the tax rules applicable to REITs. On December 18, 2015 (Enactment Date), US President Barack Obama signed the...more

Extenders Bill Puts an End to Tax-Free REIT Spinoffs but Includes a Number of Favorable Changes to the Taxation of REITs

On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) into law. Notably, the Act contains a number of substantive changes to the tax laws applicable to “real estate investment trusts”...more

PATH Act Brings Important Tax Changes for REITs

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 ("PATH Act"), a permanent extenders package. Several provisions of the PATH Act are of particular importance to REITs. The...more

Senate Passes Extenders Legislation – Moves to President for Signature

Last week the Senate voted 65-33 to pass the Extenders bill (H.R. 2029) and it moves to the President where it is expected to be signed.  As discussed in more detail in this blog, the legislation makes permanent or creates an...more

"Extenders Bill Makes Important REIT Reforms and Closes Door on REIT Spinoffs"

President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Most notably, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) prevents companies from...more

Congress Proposes Legislation Which Would Eliminate REIT Tax-Free Spin-Offs; Provision Would Also Fund FIRPTA Relief

In our December 3, 2015 REIT Alert we suggested that the Prop Co/Op Co structure implemented by a tax-free REIT spin-off may not be dead. On December 7, 2015 House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX)...more

Darden Restaurants and MGM Resorts International Take Different Paths in Unlocking Real Estate Value

In recent years, a number of public companies have sought to unlock the value embedded in their corporate real estate assets by separating the real estate and other assets into two separate entities – a so-called PropCo/OpCo...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 3

Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, And Some Ugly: On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m),...more

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

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