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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

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

The Special Economic Zones system extended to cover the entire territory of Poland

by Dentons on

The Polish government has just announced plans to replace the existing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) — scheduled to expire in 2026 — with a new system of permits providing a tax exemption for investments made anywhere in...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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy-to-Let Investors Turn to Commercial Property

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Buy-to-let investors are increasingly turning away from residential properties, with some reports stating that the number of those jumping ship to the commercial sector has recently tripled. This shift has been spurred...more

The Evolution of Real Estate Crowdfunding — Some Links

Real estate crowdfunding remains one of “fin-tech’s” hottest stories in 2016. While crowdfunding remains a tiny percentage of overall real estate debt or equity deals, the share continues to grow....more

Risk Retention in CMBS: A Look Back and a Look Forward

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Industry participants looked forward to 2016 with a great deal of anticipation considering both the implementation of the risk retention rules, and the expected wall of maturities. By mid-year the first commercial...more

On safari: South Africa hunts deals in CEE and SEE

by DLA Piper on

The real estate community was abuzz in March 2016 when South Africa's Redefine Properties acquired a 75 per cent stake in Poland's Echo Prime Properties' 18-asset portfolio, a deal valued at EUR 1.2 billion....more

New draft regulation on REITs

by DLA Piper on

On 14 October 2016, the Polish government published a long-awaited draft of a new law on real estate investment trusts (REITs) (Polish: spólki rynku wynajmu nieruchomosci). The draft has now been referred to public...more

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow...more

Client Alert: Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute

The predictable landscape of foreclosing real property is no longer that for mortgagees, potential investors, construction professionals or municipalities in Florida. Last week, the Fourth District Court of Appeal confirmed...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect Against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Real estate investment involves many risks with which real estate investment managers are familiar. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance, to “macro risks” such as negative...more

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

by Reed Smith on

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

Brexit: Property investment commentary

by Dentons on

Does the fall in sterling present enhanced property investment opportunities for overseas investors? In short the answer is likely to be yes for those investors dealing in currencies that have strengthened against the...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

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

by Goodwin on

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Since the Land Registration Act 1925 the register of land in England and Wales has been interested only in legal title. All this is set to change. The Prime Minister announced on 12 May 2016 that any foreign company looking...more

SEC Interpretive Guidance Permits Tacking of Rule 144 Holding Period for REIT Common Stock Acquired Upon Redemption of OP Units in...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 14, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) affirming that, in a traditional UPREIT structure, the...more

Investment in UK Real Estate - Considerations for overseas investors

by Dentons on

There are no controls on foreign ownership or occupation of UK real estate. As a result the UK market continues to benefit from large amounts of overseas investment, attracted by its settled legal and planning system and...more

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