Real Estate and Construction

The Curious Attraction of Israel to Foreign Law Firms

For a foreign law firm, Israel is no easy market to crack. Israel is the ‘Lawyers’ Nation’, a country which boasts 126 lawyers per capita, with no signs of a slowdown. Imagine: for every couple of public buses that goes past, there’s one lawyer. Attend a ball game? Probably three dozen lawyers in the stands.… Read More

Disputes in Real Estate

1. Introduction The Swiss real estate market is very important for the Swiss economy. A 2014 study by the Federal Office for Spatial Development summed up all real estate activities (from construction to real estate lawyers to portfolio managers to cement mixers) and concluded that the Swiss real estate market contributes about 18 percent to… Read More

Where Are Private Equity and Real Estate Funds Being Domiciled? What’s Changing?

The world we live in is constantly changing. It feels as if new regulation is appearing almost every day. With over 400 funds under administration, Augentius, the specialist Private Equity and Real Estate fund administrator, put together a panel to discuss what changes they are currently seeing in the market, if any, and what we… Read More

The Spanish Reits: A Valuable Instrument for Spanish and International Investors to Take Advantage of the Recovery of the Spanish Real Estate Market

1. The Socimi Regime SOCIMIs (Sociedad Anónima Cotizada de Inversión en el Mercado Inmobiliario) are Spanish collective real estate investment vehicles that enjoy a privileged tax regime, provided that certain legislative requirements are met. The law governing SOCIMIs (the “SOCIMI Law”) was passed in 2009 but created a more restrictive and unattractive legal and tax… Read More

Strategic Development Zones - A look at Dublin Docklands

In Ireland, Strategic Development Zones (SDZs) are designated by the Government pursuant to Section 166 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. The advantages of a Strategic Development Zone designation is that special planning and development rules pertain in an SDZ. Essentially the rules make it simpler and faster to obtain planning permission for a… Read More

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