BUSINESS LAW SECTION SPRING MEETING
May 24, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harvard Club of New York City | 35 W. 44th Street, New York, NY
Keep your knowledge current and connect with colleagues in business law!
Updates in: Banking; Bankruptcy; Mergers and Acquisition; Business Organizations; Franchise, Distribution & Licensing; Securities Regulation and Private Investment Funds; Technology and Venture Law
$40 Business Law section members
$65 NYSBA Members | $90 Non-Members
$15 Law Student Members of BLS
Fee includes lunch and choice of committee meetings.
* Not a member of the Business Law Section? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership. Join online or call 800-582-2452 to add the Business Law Section onto your NYSBA membership, and you'll save $25 on this program!
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10:30am-Noon | Committee Meetings Block 1 (select one)
• Banking Law | Blockchain Technology and Banking
• Bankruptcy Law | Business Valuations in the Context of Insolvency
• Mergers and Acquisitions | Impacts of the New Tax Bill on Mergers & Acquisitions
Noon-1:30pm | Reception and Lunch
1:30-3:00pm | Committee Meetings Block 2 (select one)
• Business Organizations Law | S-Corp and Partnership Taxation, and Potential Implications of the New Tax Code
• Franchise, Distribution & Licensing Law | Cannabis, from a Legal and a Business Perspective
• Securities Regulation and Private Investment Funds | Regulatory Activities Affecting Investment Advisers
• Technology and Venture Law | Blockchain and Smart Contracts
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS (Alphabetical):
Blockchain Technology and Banking:
- Blockchain and ICO basics—what you need to know
- Regulatory paradigm
- Implications of blockchain and tokens on the banking industry
Speakers: Michelle Gitlitz, Esq. and Scott E. Wortman, Esq., Blank Rome LLP
1.0 MCLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice; appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys.
Also approved for 1.0 CAMS credit (view ACAMS course accreditation details)
Note: This program was originally planned as a "Bankruptcy Fraud" update. The topic has since been been updated to the following:
Business Valuations in the Context of Insolvency
Speaker: Pasquale Rafanelli, CPA/ABV, ASA, CVA, CBA, CFE, MAFF, CDFA, Valuation Manager of Grassi & Co.
- Business Valuation Basics
- Common reasons to conduct a bankruptcy valuation
- Use of Valuation Experts in Bankruptcy
- Analytical issues that practitioners face in performing bankruptcy valuations
- Valuations in the Context of Solvency Analyses
- Caveats for valuation analysts performing bankruptcy valuations
- Case Study – What to look for in a Solvency; Valuation Analysis
This will be a non-CLE presentation.
Business Organizations Law
A panel discussion comparing S-Corp and Partnership taxation and potential implications of the new tax code. The speakers will go over best practices and tips regarding taxation of different business entities; followed by Q&A to engage in discussion. Speakers: Matthew Moisan, Esq., Managing Partner of Moisan Legal P.C.; Prof. Bradley Borden, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; and Russell Kranzler, CPA, Certified Forensic Accountant, CFF, Held, Kranzler, McCosker and Pulice, LLP.
1.0 MCLE credit in Areas of Professional practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years).
Franchise, Distribution & Licensing Law
Cannabis, from a Legal and a Business Perspective: How NY And NJ Medical Cannabis Regulations Are Evolving
The wheels of government move slowly, but they do move. And nowhere is that more evident than in the gradual legalization of cannabis. This presentation examines the history of cannabis regulation in New York and New Jersey, along with what lawyers advising such businesses should know about potential coming changes.
Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq., Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC (Woodland Park, NJ)
G. Malik Burnett MD, MBA, MPH, Tribe Companies, LLC (Washington, D.C.)
Robert Karl Kurz, Tribe Companies, LLC
1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice; appropriate for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys.
Mergers & Acquisitions
This meeting will feature a presentation by an accounting firm on the Impacts of the New Tax Bill on Mergers & Acquisitions. Speakers: Jeff Bowden, Tax Principal, Anchin; E. George Teixeira, CPA, MS, Tax Partner, Anchin; James Rieger, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.
The balance of the meeting will be devoted to ongoing organizational matters for this recently formed committee, including setting a future meeting schedule and soliciting speakers and topics for upcoming meetings.
1.0 MCLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years).
Securities Regulation & Private Investment Funds
Laura Grossman, Associate General Counsel, and Sanjay Lamba, Assistant General Counsel, from the Investment Adviser Association will discuss various regulatory activities affecting investment advisers, including a potential SEC rule proposal on standards of conduct for brokers and advisers that could alter advisers' fiduciary duty, latest developments involving the Custody Rule, the potential for a "retrospective review" of certain core rules governing advisers, and the SEC’s examination and enforcement priorities for 2018.
1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys (admitted more than 2 years).
Technology & Venture Law
“Blockchain and Smart Contracts”: includes what “smart contracts” in the Blockchain space are, how legal practice may be affected by them and how we, as lawyers, can have effective practices with them. Speakers: Christopher S. Edwards, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC; Peter W. Rothberg, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC.
1.5 MCLE credits: 1.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 0.5 in Law Practice Management. Appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys.
Stay tuned for updates! Details will be posted as available.
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Questions? Contact [email protected] or call Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681.
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