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Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities

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Recorded on: Nov. 11, 2014

THERESA MESA: It's my pleasure to introduce Michael Blecker. And I also wanted to thank Swords to Plowshares and the Veterans Justice Center's Nicole Perez for being so generous with your time and making their expertise available. We're so lucky to have this kind of experts today with us. I'd like to introduce Michael Blecker, who's the executive director of Swords to Plowshares. He has got quite a biography, and you should look in your materials ...

Service Connected Disability Compensation

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Recorded on: Nov. 11, 2014

KATE RICHARDSON: Great. So welcome back to hour two of our training today. We're going to dive right in to service-connected disability compensation in this hour. Let's get started. So we're going to start today, we're going to go in depth with service-connected disability compensation in hour two, and we're going to start with the elements required for a service-connected disability compensation claim. We're going to follow that with a sort of an ...

Challenges in Building Today's Tenant Improvements

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: Welcome back. You're halfway through. Boston, we just want to tell you and Philly that we understand you both have baseball teams. I can't remember their names. Well, it really doesn't matter. We're here for leasing. But we understand you guys are great. Chicago? Wow. Do they have a team? White--? MICHAEL E. MEYER: We're coming off a bad century for the Cubs. And for the White Sox? Maybe a couple years away. JOHN B. WOOD: Ah! All ...

The Defense Perspective: Responding to the Changing Landscape of Securities Enforcement

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

SPEAKER: We're going to move directly to our next panel, which will present a defense perspective on the current enforcement environment. Robert Khuzami is the moderator. Rob is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis Government and Internal Investigations Practice Group. Prior to joining the SEC, Rob was at Deutsche Bank AG including as General Counsel for the Americas. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Rob served for 12 years as an Assistant US Attorney ...

The Developing Playbooks for Activists' Challenges and Corporate Responses

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

ALAN BELLER: We are now going to turn to a different subject, but a very timely subject, which is the developing playbook for activists challenges-- I wrote this, I can't read it-- the developing playbook for activists' challenges and corporate responses. A, B. We have a great panel with diverse viewpoints on this subject. And I think it's going to be a very entertaining hour, and I'm going to get out of the way very quickly. I want to introduce ...

Dealing with Large Hidden "Big Ticket" Items

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: OK, welcome back. Hope you had a good break. And we're going to move right through to lunch, so it's going to be interesting. Michael is going to sort of lead the charge on dealing with large, hidden big ticket items in leases. And there's usually you have your top 10 that are a lot of dollars per square foot. And then you start going down to $1 a square foot, $0.25 a square foot. So it's kind of fun to focus on the biggies. Up on board ...

Hot Issues in Retail Leasing in the Current Environment

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: Great, welcome back. Hope you had a good lunch. If we didn't depress you to death with the last presentation, which was tricky, clever, and typical for New York City. Buyer beware. And if it's what you think it is, it's not, really, honestly. So you got to be really careful. This group is really sneaky. We're talking retail sneaky. The other stuff has been wholesale sneaky, this is retail. And they really like what they do, which is ...

Ethical Considerations in Enforcement Actions and Investigations

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

SPEAKER 1: Our next and last panel will discuss ethical issues presented in the enforcement context. And my partner, Dixie Johnson, will be moderating. Dixie is also a partner in the special matters in government investigations practice group, and leads the firm's securities enforcement and regulation practice. She represents clients in government securities investigations, counsels clients regarding their regulatory and disclosure obligations, assists ...

Real-World Crisis Management: Considerations and Challenges of Navigating Through a Crisis

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

DAVID: As we move through the agenda here, we're going to the next program, which is Real World Crisis Management Considerations and Challenges of Navigating Through a Crisis, which dovetails well with the panel we were just talking about. And I couldn't think of anybody better to serve as a moderator for this panel then John Olson, who's been involved with this program for many, many years. And is somebody who has been in the trenches in dealing ...

Issues Surrounding Insurance and Damage and Destruction

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: OK, welcome back. We had to start right now. Our program attorney just showed up and she was about to go through, like, why are you folks not broadcasting? Now she's leaving. We can all go home. Just kidding. What's going to be really fun is you know how boring ethics used to be? We had a good time yesterday. It was not boring at all. Do you remember how boring insurance was before we had terrorism and everything else, and insurance ...

Negotiating Today's Tenant Options

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: Welcome back. Now, we're on the home stretch for today, and we're going to be doing negotiating today's tenant options. And notice that the word "options," that could be illusory. rate If you negotiate them wrong, they may not be. And so our team is going to pick up where they left off, hitting each other, throwing things. And will you take over, please? You're the team. NANCY ANN CONNERY: Who did you? JOHN B. WOOD: All three ...

Unanticipated Limitations in Long-Term Planning and Lease Restructuring

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

NANCY ANN CONNERY: Sure. JOHN B. WOOD: OK, Nancy's going to take a moment to talk about her practice area-- what's sort of her sweet spot-- and then she'll go into something that is really cool and important to you all. And if you look at those two ugly leases I gave you as an example at the NYU course of the predatory leases, you'll see everything she's talking about. And if you signed those leases you can never, never, never do what she's trying ...

Fundamentals of Structuring for Buildability and Financing; Industrial International Distribution Leases

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: Welcome back. For the next section-- which will be really fun, because this is what I call the "sneaky section"-- we're going to talk about things like takeover leases. But we're going to start off with Good Guy guaranties. And Good Guy guaranties are basically a misnomer. It's really a Bad Guy guaranty. But you're trying to be good. So we're going to go through those vehicles. And it will help if you go to www.leasingnyc-- ...

Working Lunch: Disclosure Effectiveness - Step #1: Improving the MD&A and CD&A

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

DAVID M. LYNN: We're going to get started now, and hopefully everyone got your lunch. We're going to do this panel that I think will be really interesting. We're trying something a little bit different this year. Based on the concepts around disclosure effectiveness that we talked about yesterday with the staff panel, I think the idea here was really to move into some practical things that we can do today, and the focus here will be on MD&A and ...

Changing Lease Forms and Negotiating Tactics in the New Improving Economy

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

MEGHAN CARNEY: And now it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the chairs of today's program, John Busey Wood, and Michael Meyer. John is a partner in Akerman LLP's commercial real estate group and works out of the New York office. He focuses his practice on financeable ground and master releasing, multistate sale leasebacks, commercial mixed use and retail leasing, large project greater than one million square feet assemblage and fast track ...

Remedies, and Complex Real Estate Issues: Arbitration vs. Litigation

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: All right, folks. Don't worry. We're here. I'm going to give you good housekeeping so you know what's going on in the other cities as well. So what we're doing now is sort of a bifurcated A and B section. And the bifurcation, the two topics obviously intertwine and dovetail together. And they're really important. So for the first time we're doing this, so it's going to be a little awkward for us to try it. If it works well, you folks ...

Ethical Gaps, Mishaps and Traps in Real Estate Practice

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B. WOOD: Welcome back. We are closing out in New York City. This is the Broadmoor coming out to you-- just kidding. Did anybody think we were at the Broadmoor in the spa? OK. Some people think that this is the most boring and unnecessary thing in the world. And I will guarantee you, if you're in commercial real estate, you're already jaded. You're probably unethical, close to immoral, stealing from tenants, or trying to steal from landlords. ...

Ethics in the Deal Context

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

DAVID LYNN: All right. If everybody could take their seat we're going to start our next panel. This is, as Alan mentioned yesterday, we have two ethics panels at this year's Institute and this is it the first panel dealing with ethics in the deal context, which I think will be a very interesting discussion. And really happy to have Stan Keller serve as our moderator for this panel. Stan's a partner in the Boston office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. ...

Interview with Past Directors of Enforcement

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

SPEAKER 1: Thank you very much, and is now my pleasure to turn the program over to David Lynn. DAVID LYNN: Thank you Lauren, and welcome back everyone. First we're going to jump right into our very first panel of the day, which is the interview with past directors of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. And I'm pleased to introduce our moderators for this panel. Carmen Lawrence, who Alan introduced yesterday will be serving as a moderator. And I'm ...

Communications to Investors in the Era of Social Media and Activist Investors

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

ALAN BELLER: We're going to turn to the subject of communication to investors in the era of social media and activist investors. And we've got another great multidisciplinary panel-- lawyers, outside lawyers, inside lawyers, investor relations types-- some flown in all the way from London just for the occasion. Hello, John. Nice to see you. JOHN ANDREWS: Alan, how are you? [LAUGHING] ALAN BELLER: We have Meredith Cross to moderate this panel which ...

Hot Topics for Dealing with Long Term Lease Structures, Audits and Credit Support

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

JOHN B WOOD: Cool. OK. Let's move to the next one. Same panel, this is really good. Hot topics for dealing with long term lease structures, audits, and credit support. Well, we've done a lot on credit support. The first one is FASB 13, which can go quickly. Because remember, I gave you a hint that the Financial Accounting Standards Board said, investors really need to know what the true liabilities are of the companies they are investing in. So at ...

Private Securities Litigation

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Recorded on: Nov. 10, 2014

CARMEN LAWRENCE: So we're ready to resume, and we're going to pick up with the Private Securities Litigation panel, and that's going to be moderated by Brad Karp. Brad is chairman of Paul Weiss, and prior to being named chair of the firm in 2008, Brad chaired the firm's litigation department. Brad has extensive experience defending financial institutions and other companies in bet-the-company litigations and regulatory matters. With that, I'm going ...

SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules: What We Learned from 2013 and What Happens Next

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Recorded on: Nov. 7, 2014

SPEAKER 1: It is now my pleasure to turn this briefing over to Michael Littenberg. MICHAEL R. LITTENBERG: Thank you very much, Amy. It's a pleasure to be here with everybody today. And I would also like to thank Chris and Bev them for inviting me to be on today's program with them so I'm very excited to be doing this. Chris and I have spoken on many other programs in the past. So it's always a pleasure to work him, and of course to work with Bev ...

Data Review Process

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Recorded on: Nov. 6, 2014

ADAM COHEN: So just to finish up on preservation. This notion of Judge Schiendlin's that it's negligence, per se, if you don't have a written litigation hold notice. That's been rejected by the Second Circuit in a case called the Chin Case. And many of us don't handle big cases all the time. We may represent clients who are smaller businesses, couple of people involved, and there's no per se rule that you have to have them issue to each other a written ...

Opening Remarks and Introduction

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Recorded on: Nov. 6, 2014

SPEAKER 1: Now I'd like to introduce the chair of today's program. Andrew Bridges is a litigation partner at Fenwick & West. He practices complex litigation involving cutting-edge technologies, business models, and legal issues, as well as broader commercial and intellectual property issues. He also participates in global IP and internet policy debates. He has won landmark copyright cases involving MP3 players, payment processing, and internet ...

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