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PFAS: due diligence and risk assessment in real estate transactions

Thursday, 9 September, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Reed Smith’s Environmental, Health & Safety team invites you to join a discussion on managing environmental risks from PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and other “forever chemicals” (PFAS) in transactions. It is likely that more parties involved in real estate deals will start testing for PFAS on sites prior to closing. Insurance companies and investors increasingly consider these risks when balancing whether to insure or invest in a transaction. This in turn impacts real estate buyers and sellers, and the parties to any such deal must learn the new risk landscape in order to effectively negotiate within it. This session provides the latest insights from Reed Smith attorneys along with in-house counsel from the chemicals, manufacturing and real estate sectors, all of whom have experience in M&A transactions. Topics will include: * PFAS risk in land purchase and leasing * Proposed changes to ASTM 1527 (the Phase I standard) to address PFAS. A 15-minute Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.
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New York State (and Local Tax) of Mind: Return to the Office – is the Tax Department Prepared?

September 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
You are invited to attend the next installment of our series, New York State (and Local Tax) of Mind. Home to two of the most aggressive tax departments in the country, New York has a state and local tax climate that is constantly changing. This recurring series will cover up-to-date issues and events as they unfold. The series will discuss corporate income, sales and use, property, and personal income tax issues, as well as policy and administrative changes within the Department, and how they may impact your business. Our New York team will provide insight on refund opportunities, challenges to Department policies, and other unique strategies to help resolve tax controversies. This edition will highlight the continuing impact of remote and hybrid work environments, and the return to the office, on withholding, as well as sales and income taxes. The speakers will provide an overview of the current law in New York and then focus on things tax departments should be thinking about to ensure up-to date compliance. Topics will include: Updated withholding forms How to manage remote hires and employees with no designated office Office closures Responses to Department inquiries regarding 2020 withholding This episode will also feature an update on related labor and employment issues.
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California and New York – Tax Residency and Income Sourcing Refresher and Tips

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT
State personal income tax issues are hotter than ever. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more individuals are contemplating moves out of high tax jurisdictions. However, changing your tax residency is not always straightforward. States like California and New York have distinct and complex rules, and each are ripe with nuances that could jeopardize an otherwise clean break. We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar where we’ll provide a refresher on the following topics, with a focus on California and New York: * Tax domicile and residency rules * Sourcing rules for atypical compensation * Potential traps and pitfalls * Unique opportunities to escape taxation * How to plan for an audit
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Best Practices for the Legal Hold Process

13 July 2021
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
How and when to execute a legal hold is an important consideration for virtually every filed or anticipated litigation or government investigation, but it is an evolving area of law with multiple pitfalls to avoid. The legal hold landscape is evolving, due to rules amendments, and emerging case law. For example, proportionality factors have been given increasing weight in setting the scope of legal holds. In this session, you will learn legal considerations, best practices, and how to avoid the most common legal hold hazards.
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NFT ownership in the metaverse

Thursday, 8 July, 2021
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BST
Are NFTs the virtual world ownership solution? This webinar will discuss: * What is an NFT? * The endowment effect * Early use of NFTs: the example of the “art” NFTs * The (smart) contract issue * NFT regulations * The future of NFTs
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New York State (and Local Tax) of Mind: A New York City Update

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
2:00 - 2:30 pm EDT
You are invited to attend the next installment of our series, New York State (and Local Tax) of Mind. Home to two of the most aggressive tax departments in the country, New York has a state and local tax climate that is constantly changing. This recurring series will cover up-to-date issues and events as they unfold. The series will discuss corporate income, sales and use, property, and personal income tax issues, as well as policy and administrative changes within the Department, and how they may impact your business. Our New York team will provide insight on refund opportunities, challenges to Department policies, and other unique strategies to help resolve tax controversies. This edition of New York State (and local Tax) of Mind, “A New York City Update,” will include, among other topics: * NYC Commercial Rent Tax Refund Opportunities * NYC Utility Tax Audit Initiative * NYC UBT Apportionment Opportunities
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Lockdown deals – Lessons learned from aviation deals during COVID

Thursday, 17 June, 2021
5:00 – 5:45pm / SGT 10:00 – 10:45am BST
Join our partners and associates as they discuss some of the practical issues of doing aviation deals during the pandemic, and some tips and tricks on how to keep your deals moving. We also consider some of the developments which will likely end up becoming the new normal as the pandemic has pushed the virtual deal environment to the fore. Our team will consider: * Execution of documents and originals * Managing your transaction * Dealing with travel and movement restrictions * Considerations for your documents and drafting
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Hitting the pandemic wall: finding a way forward in a post-pandemic legal profession

June 10, 2021
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Feeling like you’ve hit a wall? Wondering how to shift gears and move forward? After more than a year into the pandemic, many are feeling some level of burnout, stress or fatigue, and the sense of having hit a wall. The upheaval around childcare, family care and the lack of support systems has only added to an increased sense of burnout and pushed our resilience to new limits. Join WINRS for an interview with Bobbi Liebenberg and Stephanie Scharf of the Red Bee Group, who will share their research for their new ABA study, “Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward”; and our client panel, who will discuss their realities and experiences related to the pandemic. Renowned burnout expert Paula Davis will advise on what individuals and organizations can do to combat the effect of pandemic-related stress and burnout.
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Illinois 2021 Spring Legislative State Tax Roundup

Thursday, June 10, 2021
1:00 PM CDT - 2:00 PM CDT
Join Illinois Chamber Tax Institute Executive Director Keith Staats and Reed Smith Chicago State Tax Partner David Dorner on June 10 for a conversation on what taxpayers need to know following the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative session. Topics will include the “good” and the “bad” in what was passed and what trends to be on the lookout for moving forward.
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The Reed Smith SALT Room: Status of Pennsylvania’s Corporate Income Tax Add-Back Assessments

Wednesday 9 June 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
In this recurring webinar series, attorneys in Reed Smith’s national State and local Tax practice will address state specific, regional, and mulita-jurisdictional issues and opportunities across all tax types. Installments will be structured not only based on geographic regions, but will be industry and topic specific. Be sure to tune into The Reed Smith SALT Room for regularly scheduled updates and useful analysis as to how they may impact your business specifically. The landscape of state and local tax is complex, and always changing, and The Reed Smith SALT Room is here to keep you informed.  In this episode we will discuss the status of assessments under Pennsylvania’s corporate income tax add-back for intangible and interest expenses.  Topics will include:  * How to defend a PA add-back assessment  * The difference between add-back and sham transaction assessments – and why the different matters  * Can an intangible holding company have nexus with PA?  * Pending litigation and decisions of Administrative Boards
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Understanding the Complex History of Asians in America

Thursday, 27 May, 2021
12:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. CT / 3:00 p.m. ET
The 22.6 million Asian Americans in the United States today make up approximately 6 percent of the total u.s. population. According to the Pew Research Center, by 2016, the number of U.S. Asians is projected to rise to 35.8 million, more than triple their 2000 population. Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics. This presentation was created as a guide to assist you in learning and understanding the rich historical and cultural diversity within Asian American communities, as well as where things stand today in light of the surge of Anti-Asian attachs and the mass shootings in the Atlanta area and Indinanapolis FedEx. These moments of crisis present an opportunity for social justice advicates to collaborate more and work collectively to bring about real change.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Reed Smith have postponed all upcoming in-person events.

As with many global organizations, we are generally following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, we are also monitoring guidance at the state level in the US as well as guidance issued by other public health authorities as it applies to our offices. Where there is any ambiguity, we are erring on the side of caution.

We look forward to hosting you again in person in the future. In the meantime, please visit our webinars page for a full listing of our virtual events.