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Robert J. Le Duc, Partner, DLA Piper LLP to Speak at KC’s US REITs for Foreign Investment: Understanding Advantages Under FIRPTA Proposed Reforms Live Webcast

New York, NY, March 06, 2014 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Robert J. Le Duc, Partner, Co-Chair, National REIT Tax Practice, DLA Piper LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “US REITS for Foreign Investment: Understanding Advantages under FIRPTA Proposed Reforms.” This event is scheduled for Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET).

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About Robert J. Le Duc

Robert J. Le Duc concentrates his practice in federal and international income taxation. Mr. Le Duc also has extensive experience in the real estate and mortgage-related areas, including representation of real estate funds, debt funds, and publicly traded and privately owned equity and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs). He has structured dozens of debt and equity offerings, REIT mergers and acquisitions, formations of private REITs, partnership roll-ups and various mortgage REIT transactions. In addition, Mr. Le Duc has provided tax advice regarding numerous cross border real estate investments and cross border financing transactions, with particular focus on advising non-US governmental investors.

Legal 500 names Mr. Le Duc for his REIT practice, calling him “extremely responsive.”

About DLA Piper LLP

DLA Piper is a global law firm, with approximately 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Event Synopsis:

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been considered to be tax-efficient vehicles for foreign investments in U.S. real estate. Recently, the Obama administration and members of Congress have issued various legislative proposals that encourage private infrastructure investment. These proposals are intended to attract foreign capital to the U.S. real estate market by reducing existing tax barriers to investment, primarily under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (commonly known as FIRPTA).

Many (but not all) of these reforms could enhance the value of REITs as vehicles for foreign investment in the United States. However, since REITs are subject to complex rules related to income, assets, share ownership, and distribution of income, they can represent challenges to adopters and investors.

In this 2-hour live webcast, their panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will offer insight with respect to the latest and significant issues surrounding foreign investment in U.S. real estate through REITs.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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