Real Estate

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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Luxury real estate in Venice

By Elena Moretti, Studio Dalla Libera & Partners

According to the Bank of Italy, the value of real estate is represented by "the estimated amount for which the property should be exchanged on the date of valuation between a willing seller and a potential purchaser. This is in accordance with normal market conditions after adequate sales promotion, in which the parties have acted with knowledge of facts, prudently and with no constraint.

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What are the consequences of buying a property in France? Focus on French inheritance tax

by Prof. Robert Anthony and Dr. Michael Annett, Anthony & Cie

In the last article we provided an introduction to the consequences of buying a property in France. Here we continue our analysis of the consequences of buying a property in France by developing the topic of French inheritance tax: France offers several options as to how property can be held, as property does not simply have to be owned directly in the names of the purchasers. It is also possible to own property through a French civil or commercial company. However, ownership of a French property by a commercial company can lead to financial nightmares, the issues relating to which invariably require the ownership to be restructured1.

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Green lease contracts: Good for the environment and profit

By Dr. Reinhard Nacke, FPS Rechtsanwälte & Notare

Ever more companies are trying to set themselves apart from their competitors through extraordinary commitments to sustainability in order to gain further market shares. For example, companies are using electric cars in their fleets, recycled paper and “save paper” messages in email correspondence. For a growing number of companies, this also includes concluding a green lease contract. In addition to the company’s external image, such a move is prompted by the desire to assume corporate social responsibility because there is a general feeling that we cannot rely solely on the state and non-profit organisations, but must also take responsibility ourselves.

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