Real Estate

Amendments to Policies on Foreign Investment in the Chinese Real Estate Market

By Yuling Zheng, Shimin Law

On August 19, 2015, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, the People’s Bank of China, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange jointly released the Amendments to Policies Concerning Access by and Administration of Foreign Investment in the Real Estate Market (Jian Fang [2015] No.122, the “New Policies”).  The New Policies have modified the former Opinions for Regulating the Access by and Administration on Foreign Investment in the Real Estate Market (Jian Zhu Fang [2006] No.171, the “Former Policies”) to relax the restrictions on foreign investment in the Chinese real estate market. 

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Purchasing farmland in Paraguay

By M. Yolanda Pereira Z. & Antonio Villa Berkemeyer, Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors

Paraguay has excellent land for agriculture, forestry and cattle rearing at relatively lower prices in comparison with neighbouring countries. This has attracted many investors. The acquisition of land is open to foreigners except for the restriction that the border security law imposes on nationals or companies from neighboring countries, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil. It prohibits ownership of land within fifty kilometers of the border. The restriction may be waived by decree on public interest grounds.

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The Housing Market in Berlin: Recent developments, legal framework and investment opportunities

By Tilo Drebes, AIOS GmbH

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989,the city and its housing market have experienced quite a volatile development. The years up to the middle of the 1990s were euphoric, followed by a slump and stagnation until around 2010. Since then, prices have gone up again due to low interest rates, money inflow from other countries and the increased attractiveness of Berlin in general. Berlin currently has 3.5 million inhabitants. Projections of the population in the year 2030 vary between  3.6 million and 3.9 million.

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UK Property - Firm Foundations

By Paul Simmons, Haines Watts

Does UK property still present a path to robust returns for investors in 2015? Can the UK property growth seen in recent years be sustained? Property still features strongly in the UK pension and investment portfolios of business owners, but there’s one word upon which this sector’s growth hangs – stability.

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A land of sweeping plains: Australia changes its regulation of foreign investment in agricultural land

By Elizabeth McDonald, McCabes Lawyers

Investors looking to acquire an interest in Australian agricultural land will have to comply with new regulations in the wake of the Australian Government's changes to its Foreign Investment Policy. While there is no suggestion that the Government will limit foreign ownership of Australian real estate, it has introduced a number of changes to enable improved monitoring of foreign investment.

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Investing in UK residential property

Andrew Lee, Haines Watts

In recent years, we have seen a steady growth of overseas individuals investing in the UK residential property market particularly around London and the South East of England. Traditionally, the UK has been a hotspot for wealthy overseas property investors from North America, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East and now Russian and Chinese investors are joining the ranks. This is not surprising, as the UK has always been popular for its liberal legal and tax regime and it has long been recognised as one of the most stable democracies in the world. London properties in particular have a long history of attracting investments from wealthy individuals from all corners of the world. The attractions of London include its world class educational, cultural and sporting and leisure facilities.

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Dividing types of premises in Dutch rental law

By Joost Donkersloot, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

Foreign investors wishing to lease premises or companies wishing to rent space (business space or housing for employees) are advised to be aware of the division that exists in Dutch law between leasing and renting. This division entails several differences in the legal rules of rent law.

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Structuring Business and Real Estate Opportunities in the U.S.

By Gary J. Freedman and Vanja Habekovic, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

As the world’s economies continue to struggle making investments and seeking business opportunities internationally, a critical analysis of how to structure, finance, operate, grow and eventually liquidate the opportunity is imperative. Ambitious plans are often derailed or delayed and certainly made more costly, because at the outset the crucial aspects and phases in the life cycle of investments, whether real estate or business, have not been carefully considered.

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