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Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook...more

What You Should Be Doing with Your Replacement Reserves

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Most association governing documents contain provisions requiring the association to establish and maintain one or more reserve accounts that are used to set aside funds for the future maintenance or replacement of components...more

Nevada Supreme Court Rules HOA Super-Priority Liens Can Be Revived after Release

Homeowners’ associations have a more robust tool for forcing mortgage lenders to pay delinquent assessments following a September 14 decision by the Nevada Supreme Court. Nevada HOAs have enjoyed a super-priority lien under...more

Tenants Beware – The Ninth Circuit Has Ruled That The Bankruptcy Code Can Be Used By A Landlord To Strip A Tenant’s Right To...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Just last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Matter of Spanish Peak Holding II, LLC, that is potentially devastating to a tenant that leases property from a landlord that files for bankruptcy relief....more

Transfer To Non-Existent Corporation Held To Be A Transfer Nonetheless

by Allen Matkins on

Sometimes, the law is just weird. The case of PGA West Residential Ass’n, Inc. v. Hulven Int’l, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E064270 (Aug. 9, 2017) is weirder than most. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant had tried to...more

Direct Issuance is Here – A New Paradigm for Single Asset Single Borrower (SASB) Securitization

by Dechert LLP on

A standalone securitization of a portfolio of properties closed in June. To our knowledge, this was the first transaction in recent memory done in a direct issuance format. In this case, direct issuance means that the...more

15 Creative Ways Large Real Estate & Infrastructure Developers Raise Millions Outside of Traditional Debt and Equity (Part II)

by Slim Ventures LLC on

There is an expression that land development is a wealthy man’s game. Indeed, in our recent meeting with a very seasoned developer (over 30,000 lots before the Recession, now, licking his wounds, down to only 900), he...more

Cash Purchasers of Real Property Face Renewed Focus

by Sanford Millar on

In the course of our practice we represent foreign investors in real property. In addition to providing tax advice on how to best structure a real property investment we focus on advising our clients on how comply with...more

Can a Receiver be Sued for Not Paying a Pre-Receiver Creditor?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am the Receiver for a condo project. A pre-receivership creditor has threatened to sue me because I won’t pay for the services he provided the defendant. I have explained to the creditor that the receivership is...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Replacement Value in Cramdown Even If Lower Than Liquidation Value

In a decision that addresses the value to apply to a secured creditor’s collateral facing cramdown, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, reaffirms that, in determining cramdown value, a secured creditor is only entitled to the...more

Stay out of TROUBLE: Make sure your CPA is asking you the right QUESTIONS regarding Foreign Accounts!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

US International tax is complicated. It often overwhelms US Taxpayers. That is why an international tax specialist CPA is the best choice for the work. Nonetheless, many Taxpayers seek the help of tax return preparers...more

Day 17 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Uncovering Shell Companies

by Thomas Fox on

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, who in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. Shell companies can come in different shapes and sizes. Shelf companies are those formed but...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

by Miller Canfield on

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

Disposing of Real Property in a Tax-Advantaged Manner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Many of our clients are heavily invested in real property. In some cases, this investment may be a single property in a prime location; in others, the client (and maybe his family) is in the business of owning and operating a...more

Real Estate Gazette: focus on Africa’s burgeoning real estate sector and investment opportunities Issue 26

by DLA Piper on

Think of Africa and chances are you will be transported to a sun-blushed savannah, where beautiful wild elephants roam across the plains. Or you may think of the monolithic churches of Ethiopia, the reggae and hip hop sounds...more

Slam on the Slam – A California Court Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

There has been much recent California case law regarding the sham guaranty defense and for good reason – success for a guarantor on this defense can eliminate a lender’s recovery of a deficiency against a guarantor of a...more

The Benefits of Using Multiple “Single-Asset” Limited Liability Companies for Investment Properties

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Practicing real estate law means that I’m constantly talking with all types of clients, including large scale developers as well as individuals simply looking to do a little investing in real estate. Interestingly and...more

CFPB Publishes Updated Versions of Small Entity Compliance Guide and Guide To Forms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has posted on its TILA-RESPA implementation webpage updated versions of its Small Entity Compliance Guide and Guide to Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure Forms.  The updates focus on various guidance provided in...more

GAO Issues Report on CFPB SBREFA Panels

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The...more

GAO issues report on CFPB SBREFA panels

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the CFPB’s use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The report, “Observations from Small Business Review...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs In: Nevada "Superpriority" Law for HOA Liens Violates Due Process

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In October 2014, we blogged about cases from Nevada and D.C. giving priority of so-called HOA "superliens" over first position mortgages....more

Use of Shell Companies To Shield Identity Further Limited

by Sanford Millar on

On July 27, 2016 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) of the Department of the Treasury issued expanded Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will...more

Major Tax Legislation Enacted by the Short Session of the 2015-16 General Assembly

by Smith Anderson on

This Alert summarizes the major tax provisions included in legislation passed by the 2015-2016 North Carolina General Assembly in its short session, which concluded earlier this month. The most widely discussed tax...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

Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a...more

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