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Proposed U.S. Tax Reform May Impact Investments in U.S. Real Estate

by Mintz Levin on

Last week, the long-awaited proposed bill for a comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code (the “Proposed Tax Reform”) was finally released. While the Proposed Tax Reform is likely to be heavily negotiated further and possibly...more

Trends in Tenant Leasing Positions

by King & Spalding on

Recent statistics indicate that tenants are asking for more from landlords in a variety of different asset classes, and most landlords are left with having to say yes. The leverage in lease negotiations appears to have...more

Claims Stemming from Government Regulated Flooding After Hurricane Harvey

by Zelle LLP on

In August, Hurricane Harvey directly hit the city of Houston, leaving substantial wind and flood damage in its wake. Many home and business owners who avoided flood damage breathed a sigh of relief on August 28 when the...more

Strategic Alternatives for Real Estate Portfolios Part III – Initial Public Offering (IPO) Transactions

by King & Spalding on

The review of strategic alternatives can be a daunting task even for the most seasoned executives and directors of real estate companies and real estate investment trusts. This is particularly true in today’s real estate...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

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...more

Why Do I Have A Hurricane Harvey Claim From Hoboken?

by Zelle LLP on

As businesses and insurers sort out the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, it will take time to assess the physical damage and resulting business interruption losses. Invariably, however, business interruption impacts from Harvey...more

Hurricane Harvey: Don’t Get Shortchanged on Your Insurance Recovery for Property Damage and Business Interruption Losses

by King & Spalding on

After making landfall early Saturday morning as a major hurricane, Tropical Storm Harvey has left a widespread path of destruction, significantly damaging the infrastructure in the Houston area and Southeastern Texas,...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

Hurricane Harvey: Insurance Implications

Hurricane Harvey, projected to be the most powerful storm to strike the United States since 2005, is bearing down on the Texas coastline and may make landfall as soon as Friday, August 25. Forecasters say it will likely have...more

CA Supreme Court: Entity Ownership Change Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

Many entities are formed for the sole purpose of buying and holding real estate. In this setup, legal title is held by the entity itself (not the entity’s owners), but the entity’s owners have a “beneficial interest” that...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...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

California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles,...more

REIT Advisor - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

Business Disruption Risk - Given the recent events around the world, including both terrorist attacks and severe storms, REITs continue to cite business interruption risks as a significant concern for implementing...more

Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

by Dechert LLP on

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...more

New Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The provincial government announced today that effective April 21, 2017, it is imposing a 15-percent non-resident speculation tax on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

by Sanford Millar on

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges – Part Two: Structuring Partnership/LLC 1031 Exchange Cash-out Transactions

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This is part two of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange transactions. The first article provided an overview of the basic rules that govern 1031 exchanges. This article describes...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

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