Considering a Family Office

Beyond estate planning, a family office allows a high-net-worth family to transfer current wealth and future appreciation to the next generations. A family office is a structure that manages the financial and personal affairs (e.g., managing travel arrangements) of one or more wealthy families. Depending on the investment strategy, the family office may invest in

PATH Act Creates Changes in FIRPTA for Foreign Investments in U.S. Real Estate

Foreign investors in U.S. real estate as well as sellers of domestic real estate to foreign investors should be aware of changes in the FIRPTA (Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act) brought on by a new amendment signed into law called PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015). On December 18, 2015, the

Dealing with Buyer’s Remorse: What to do when Deals Go Wrong

The energy industry experienced a renaissance in recent years. The combination of hydraulic fracturing and GIS software led to remarkable expansion of US oil and gas production. Unfortunately, the industry has become the victim of its own success. The dramatic drop in oil prices in the past year have been the result of a glut

Is Setting Up a Permanent International Investment Court the Way to Go?: The EU Proposal for Resolving Disputes in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Between US and EU

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Between US and EU: The EU Proposal on Setting Up a Permanent International Investment Court The US is about to resume its negotiations with the EU on the ambitious trade and investment Agreement called “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”. Once in effect, the TTIP should significantly expand trade and

Special Issues in Technology Acquisitions

Technology is so ever present in our lives and our businesses that nearly any deal could be described as a “tech deal”.  Acquisitions of a software company, the manufacturer of a drillship’s dynamic positioning system, or healthcare information technology provider involve some similar legal issues despite the differences in their industries. This brief article will

National Security Clearances for Foreign Investment in the US

Generally, US law makes it simple for foreign companies and individual investors to acquire US assets and invest in US companies. However, the President of the United States has the authority to block or unwind foreign acquisitions of sensitive US assets on the grounds of national security. Voluntary CFIUS National Security Reviews Parties to a