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Carl J. Riley, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP to Speak at TKG’s Event

New York, NY, September 29, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Carl J. Riley, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Significant Changes to the REITs and FIRPTA Rules in 2016 and Beyond Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for October 04, 2016 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (ET).

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About Carl J. Riley
Carl J. Riley is a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s New York Office. Carl focuses his practice on complex tax matters, specializing in real estate-related matters, including initial public offerings, formations and other securities issuances, with particular emphasis on transactions involving REITs. He is experienced with tax rulings and treaties, administrative practice before taxing authorities, and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). In addition, Carl advises clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and transactions involving regulated investment companies (RICs), partnerships, pension funds and other tax exempt entities, and sovereign wealth funds. He is also experienced in the formation, diligencing, structuring and implementation of various investments and acquisitions involving private equity funds. He received his J.D. and LL.M. from the New York University School of Law.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite and among the most “Tech Savvy.” It was on the 2013-2015 BTI Client Service 30 listings of firms “most recognized by clients for providing excellent client service,” and one of the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard “Power Elite,” based on the nature and strength of its client relationships.

Event Synopsis:
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 that contains significant changes relevant to the rules governing real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The modifications, including the new FIRPTA exemption for qualified foreign pension funds, are highly significant to certain classes of non-U.S. investors.

Other key changes include, among other modifications, an enhanced FIRPTA exemption for holders of small interests in publicly traded REITs; a new exception for certain qualified foreign shareholders of REITs; elimination of the FIRPTA "cleansing rule” for REITs; and an increase in the rate of withholding now required under FIRPTA.

In a two-hour live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth discussion of tax rules governing investments in U.S. real estate, including FIRPTA and REITs. They will also discuss significant issues and provide the latest insights relevant to the reforms made to REITs and to the FIRPTA rules by the new PATH Act as they relate to foreign investors in U.S. real estate. The speakers will offer their expert thoughts and opinions on how best to take advantage of these changes.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

Overview of U.S. tax rules applicable to foreign investors
Specific tax rules for real estate, including FIRPTA and use of REITs
FIRPTA exceptions
Comparison of structural alternatives
Recent reforms affecting REITs and FIRPTA
New rules applicable to “Qualified Foreign Pension Plans”
Other available FIRPTA exemptions
The “cleansing rule”
Impacts on and advantages to investments in U.S. real estate
Current legislative and other developments

About The Knowledge Group /The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group 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 for an event, please visit:
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