Structuring Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate: Entity Selection and Transaction Structures

This CLE/CPE webinar will provide tax counsel with a thorough and practical guide to structuring strategies and tax considerations for foreign investors in U.S. real estate, outline best practices for determining the purchasing entity, and review tax planning opportunities in structuring the deal. The United States remains the most popular destination for foreign real estate capital investment. Critical for tax and investment advisers representing non-U.S. persons investing in U.S. real property is a comprehensive examination of optimal structures for the ownership vehicle and the mechanics of the purchase transaction itself.
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Seniors Housing — Using Technology to Reduce Operational Costs & Enhance the Resident Experience

In the last 18 months, seniors housing communities have been faced with many challenges, including higher operating expenses, staffing shortages and new requirements for infrastructure upgrades. As a result it has never been more important to reduce expenses and keep residents happier and more comfortable in their homes. Smart thermostats are a perfect solution. Leveraging the intelligence of these powerful devices will lead to savings in operational costs and energy usage through features such as remote scheduling and occupancy detection.
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Structuring Preferred Equity Investments in Real Estate Ventures: Impact of True Equity vs. "Debt-Like" Equity

PEIs, together with mortgage loans and mezzanine loans, are often a critical part of the capital structure used by sponsors to fund real estate ventures. The terms of PEIs can vary considerably. On one end of the spectrum are PEIs that are economically and functionally equivalent to a mezzanine loan, though structured as equity and not debt. On the other end of the spectrum are PEIs that are pari passu with the sponsor's equity. In any context, a PEI's equity is subordinate to all of the real estate venture's debts. PEIs typically earn a higher rate of return on the investment than debt financing. They may earn a share of cash flow beyond a stated rate of return and any capital appreciation. The preferred equity investor generally has consent over "major decisions" (the list of which can range from a small handful of items to an extensive list), may have buy-sell rights, forced sale rights or put rights, and typically have removal rights (the right to remove the managing member or general partner of the real estate venture and replace it with the PEI or its designee). Removal rights can run the gamut from being limited to bad acts or being performance-based. To achieve all the benefits of PEIs and mitigate the risks, counsel to investors and the recipient entity must negotiate and structure key terms that address matters such as exit strategy, remedies in the event of the entity's default, issues surrounding a change in control, and the impact of an entity bankruptcy. Also, counsel must anticipate and address tax implications for the entity and the investor in the PEI agreement. Listen as our authoritative panel prepares counsel to real estate lenders, investors, and borrowers to structure, enforce, or challenge PEI agreements in the current real estate market. The panel will compare and contrast PEIs vs. mezzanine financing. The panel will also outline the key points of negotiation and agreement provisions for the equity investor and the real estate developer, including remedies for default, change in control, exit strategy, the impact of bankruptcy, and tax implications.
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Commercial Leases: Structuring Tenant Build-Out, Improvement, Maintenance, and Repair Provisions

Some of the most overlooked but potentially costly lease provisions address pre-leasing improvements, build-out, repair, and maintenance issues. Provisions regarding the build-out of premises must address cost issues, completion dates and delays, warranties, and defects. Maintenance and repair provisions address critical issues of reasonable repair period, rent abatement, lease termination, waivers of tenant rights, breach of implied warranty of suitability, and tenant self-help remedies. Parties must also address obligations to restore property after a casualty loss. Listen as our authoritative panel of commercial real estate practitioners discusses drafting and negotiating lease provisions regarding pre-commencement improvement, build-out, and functional maintenance and repair, as well as indemnification provisions to allocate risk.
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Building a Hedge Fund Allocation

There is a minefield of options for hedge funds to consider given the proliferation of choices and the low barrier to entry. In this presentation, guest speaker, Mark Kress, will discuss one approach that focuses on AUM size, boutique strategies, replicability, operational considerations, and diversification. The result is a process that builds a multi-manager portfolio that helps diversify away from core asset exposure often invested through mutual funds and/or ETFs. In aggregate the portfolio has limited market exposure where the managers capitalize on volatility-induced mispricing and fundamentally driven exposures. Join us Wednesday, September 14th, at 1:00 P.M. EDT to hear how to build a hedge fund allocation with guest speaker Mark Kress. Register now!
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