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Less Form, More Substance: The SEC Staff’s Recent Functional Approach to Section 3(c)(5)(C)

by K&L Gates LLP on

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in recognition of the evolution of the real estate business over the past 70 years, has been incrementally expanding the scope of a “qualifying asset” for purposes...more

Blockchain: Coming to a CMBS Near You

by Polsinelli on

Although at first glance the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and mortgaged backed securities have little in common, blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize securitizations because it permits value and...more

Certain Financing Considerations When Investing in Ground Leased or Net Leased Real Estate

This note briefly looks at an issue that continually arises in connection with the financing of ground leases (as well as long-term triple net leases generally), of which any real estate fund looking to invest in such...more

SEC Files Another Action Centered on Trading in Opaque Markets

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another action centered misrepresentations made in opaque trading markets for mortgage backed securities. Unlike its earlier actions in this area, however, the case settled simultaneous with filing....more

SEC Grants Principles-Based Section 3(c)(5)(C) Relief

On February 12, 2018, in no-action relief granted to a mortgage REIT, the Staff of the SEC acknowledged that the real estate finance business has evolved substantially since the enactment of the Investment Company Act, with...more

2018 CREFC January Conference – Plateau or Status Quo?

by Dechert LLP on

South Beach played host to the 2018 CREFC January Conference last week, as roughly 1,800 of our best friends in the CRE lending and securitization industry assembled in Miami to reflect on another year gone by and to muse...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 29 | September 2017

by Jones Day on

Corporate Governance - Tokyo Stock Exchange Introduces Disclosure System for Information about Advisors and Counselors - On August 2, 2017, the Tokyo Stock Exchange announced new amendments to the Guidelines for...more

UK Real Estate Predictions 2017-18: Uncertainty is the new status quo

by Dentons on

In January 2017 the Dentons UK Real Estate practice formed a panel of three real estate experts comprising Nick Leslau, Chairman at Prestbury; Morgan Garfield, Managing Director at Ellandi LLP; and David Phythian, Regional...more

A Tale of Two Years; This Time Will Be Different

by Dechert LLP on

The Wall Street Journal reminded us this month that it was ten years ago, August 9, 2007, that the first regulatory domino in The Great Recession fell as BMP Paribas froze a series of resi investment funds for lack of a...more

IRS Issues Guidance on RIC and REIT Stock Distributions

by Morgan Lewis on

The IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2017-45, which provides that certain distributions of stock by a publicly offered RIC or publicly offered REIT made pursuant to a “cash or stock election” will be treated as a taxable...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Stock/Cash Dividends for REITs and RICs

On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance allowing publicly offered real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies to distribute earnings in a combination of cash and stock as long...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Going Strong to the Mic. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposed special purpose nondepository national bank charter for FinTech companies (FinTech Charter) has long been the source...more

The Fair-Haired Dumbbell Regulation A+ Offering

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On the corner of NE MLK and Burnside in Portland, the new Fair-Haired Dumbbell building is nearly complete. The building has garnered attention for its unique architectural design and painting plans. But more important for...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 26 | June 2017

by Jones Day on

The amendment to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act ("Amended FIEA") was enacted on May 17, 2017, and promulgated on May 24, 2017. The Amended FIEA will come into force no later than one year from the date of...more

It’s Time to Bring Back the Square State Conduit:  If We Build It, They Will Come.

by Dechert LLP on

What in the world have we done to ourselves? Our CRE Securitization business, or at least the conduit part of our business, continues to shrink: $800 billion in outstanding principal balance in 2007 and now, $400 billion? ...more

2017 CREFC Annual Conference: Into the Heart of the Swamp

by Dechert LLP on

CREFC held its Annual Conference last week in Washington D.C. Given the current politically charged climate, 2017 felt like a very appropriate time to move the Annual Conference from its traditional home in New York to...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - Minnesota Appeals Court Addresses Accounting for Trustee’s Fees and Expenses

In a short decision, In re that Certain Indenture Date as of April 1, 2010 (MN Ct. App. April 3, 2017), the Court of Appeals of Minnesota recently addressed a challenge to the award of trustee fees and legal expenses brought...more

Landmarks - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

There continues to be very strong demand for high-quality commercial real estate. From 2011–2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions nationally grew at an annualized rate well in excess of 10%, and projections...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Nutter Bank Report, March 2017

Fed Raises Threshold That Triggers Review of Systemic Risk of a Proposed Merger - In a recent decision on a proposed merger of two bank holding companies, the Federal Reserve indicated that it has increased the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Commercial Real Estate Property Analysis Criteria....more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its rating criteria for U.S. municipal short-term debt. Report. On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its criteria assumptions for analyzing securities backed by UK residential mortgage...more

Capital Markets Disruptor: Real Estate Crowdfunding in the United States

by Goodwin on

Public REITs and other sponsors of real estate funds and projects have traditionally enjoyed the benefit of a broad range of choices to raise capital. Public REITs can obtain financing on a project-by-project basis or at the...more

Second Circuit Finds Special Servicer's Repurchase Claim Barred by Statute of Limitations, POLSINELLI'S Loan Originator Client...

by Polsinelli on

The Second Circuit recently REVERSED a S.D.N.Y decision granting summary judgment in favor of a CMBS Trust whose Special Servicer sued POLSINELLI'S commercial loan Originator client seeking repurchase of a loan due to the...more

Class X Litigation: Not So Appealing

by Reed Smith on

Following their loss at first instance in Titan Europe 2006-1 P.L.C. and others [2016] EWHC 969 (Ch), the Class X Noteholder appealed the decision in respect of the central issue in the proceedings – when calculating the...more

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