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Distress, Restructuring and the Pandemic: The Winners and Losers (03/25/2021)

Program Number: 3173 Presenter: Keith M. Aurzada, Esq., Aaron Javian, Esq., Michael Venditto, Esq.

During 2020, the U.S. economy, weighed-down by record levels of unemployment and the largest drop in quarterly gross domestic product, experienced the highest volume of bankruptcy activity since the 2008 financial crisis. As the economy tries to shake-off the effects of the pandemic, some businesses are burdened by too much debt while others face uncertain demand for their goods or services. This seminar will discuss the factors that will determine which businesses will be able to reorganize and which will not. The program will also focus on industries that will experience significant continued stress in 2021.

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In the Midst of the Pandemic, Where Does the “Gig Economy” Stand? (03/05/2021)

Program Number: 3153 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, D. Porpoise Evans, Esq., Aleida Martinez-Molina, Esq.

Before COVID-19 dominated the headlines, the gig economy was big news as it evolved, matured, and disrupted the modern workforce. Will gig workers prove essential to economic recovery, or detrimental to companies already struggling to survive? An employment attorney and a bankruptcy attorney break out their crystal balls to tackle these and related issues – all with the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic and the new Biden/Harris administration

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Cryptocurrency: Current Tax and Bank Secrecy Act Regulatory and Enforcement Environment (02/26/2021)

Program Number: 3149 Presenter: John D. (Don) Fort, Esq., Lawrence (Larry) Sannicandro, Esq.

Virtual currencies, including cryptocurrency, have recently received significant attention from the IRS, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, and other law enforcement agencies. The panelists, led by the former chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, will explore recent guidance from FinCEN and/or the IRS with respect to: (1) the collection, retention, and disclosure to the U.S. government of certain transactions involving cryptocurrency; (2) the taxation of, and tax reporting standards for, cryptocurrency; and (3) Bank Secrecy Act reporting, such as the Foreign Bank Account Report. The panelists will also discuss strategies to mitigate the risk of civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance with the internal revenue laws, including the availability of the qualified amended return and the IRS’s voluntary disclosure practice. This webinar is a must-attend for all professionals and practitioners who operate in the space of, or advise on, cryptocurrency. Objectives:

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Is Financial Crime Going Viral? Money Laundering, Fraud and Ponzi Schemes in the Pandemic Era (01/26/2021)

Program Number: 3136 Presenter: Ross S. Delston, Timothy Dunfey, Esq.

Financial crime is a constant whatever the era but in times of crisis criminals become even more creative. Coronavirus ‘cures’, PPEs, testing and vaccines all present attractive opportunities for fraudsters to take advantage of our collective anxiety by selling fakery. Ponzi schemes, a ubiquitous phenomenon, often come to light in times of financial crisis since old investors demand redemption and new investors are hard for fraudsters to find. Finally, in the pandemic, trade-based money laundering, another common criminal scheme, can be used to greater effect due to price gyrations and scarcity in previously available goods and commodities. Learning Objectives: • Distinctions between and among different types of fraud, money laundering and other financial crime; • How to recognize commonly used financial crime schemes; • Why red flags are crucial to legal practitioners in banking, securities, contract, M&A, and consumer fields; Topics are targeted to attorneys in the regulatory, compliance, litigation and criminal

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The SEC’s Whistleblower Program in 2021 and Beyond (02/24/2021)

Program Number: 3129 Presenter: Jay A. Dubow, Esq., Robert L. Hickok, Esq., Kaitlin L. Meola, Esq.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Program was created in 2010 to assist the SEC in discovering securities law violations by providing incentives for individuals to report possible violations. The Program has been successful; to date, the SEC has received tens of thousands of whistleblower tips, resulting in more than $2 billion in monetary sanctions, and has awarded more than $700 million to whistleblowers whose tips resulted in enforcement actions. On September 23, 2020, the SEC voted to amend the Program’s rules in order “to provide greater clarity to whistleblowers and increase the program’s efficiency and transparency.” The amendments—effective December 7, 2020—include changes to the way the SEC determines awards, changes that streamline the process for submitting and evaluating tips, and clarifies various definitions. The changes may incentivize whistleblowers to report possible securities law violations, and companies should ensure that their internal whistleblower policies are current and provide adequate internal processes for

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Hiring from the Competition: Trends and Takeaways from the Pandemic (02/25/2021)

Program Number: 3128 Presenter: Jayme Butcher, Esq., Leigh Ann Buzniak, Esq.

This program provides an update on the law, risks, and challenges in hiring top executives from the competition. We will provide a legislative update on the changing state law regarding non-compete agreements. We will cover some of the business trends we have been seeing and the legal and financial risks of those business strategies. We will touch on how the pandemic has highlighted some of the more difficult issues in placing valuable relationships and information in the hands of third parties. We will highlight cases we are watching in California and an interesting trend in the analysis courts apply to enforcing confidentiality agreements. We will close with some practical tips and tricks to help add value to the business and its talent acquisition and hiring strategies.

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The Trouble with TikTok & Other Cautionary Foreign Investment Tales: Navigating the New CFIUS Landscape (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3117 Presenter: David Hall, Esq., Tahlia Townsend, Esq.

As headline grabbing actions around TikTok, StaynTouch, Grindr, and PatientsLikeMe demonstrate, the risks associated with foreign investment in the U.S. have substantially increased. New regulations significantly tightened the rules governing overseas investment into U.S. businesses in 2020, dramatically expanding the circumstances in which pre-investment notification to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is either mandatory or recommended. This session will cover when foreign investments in the U.S. may trigger mandatory pre-transaction notification requirements, and when voluntary notification may be advisable; the impact of the recent increased focus on security of sensitive personal data; why understanding U.S. export controls is now essential to the CFIUS analysis; the key steps and timelines for making a CFIUS filing; the consequences of not making a filing when required or recommended; and key recommendations for investment due diligence and planning.

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Evolving Foreign Trade Risks Under CFIUS: What Lies Ahead? (02/10/2021)

Program Number: 3112 Presenter: Michael Clark, Esq., Alan F. Enslen, Esq., Aldo M. Leiva, Esq., Hon. Joe D. Whitley, Esq.

The panelists will provide an overview of key changes to U.S. dual-use export controls in the past 18 months and enforcement initiatives relating to ongoing interagency efforts to designate and safeguard U.S. emerging and foundational technologies, and the continued evolution of regulations and policies governing national security reviews of foreign direct investment into the United States—along with observations about the anticipated status of these initiatives in the next year. Attention will also be given to cybersecurity due diligence for covered transactions, how investigations get launched, opportunities for assisting clients, such as internal investigations and examining compliance issues, and an overview of potentially applicable federal statutes that may be implicated.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Blockchain But Didn’t Know to Ask (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3110 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Valerie Pennacchio, Esq., Teresa Walker

You may be familiar with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies but do you know anything about the underlying technology and why it will become so important to the legal industry? Of all the emerging technologies, blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT) might be the least understood. We are all searching for truth these days and to find resources upon which we can depend, especially in the legal industry. Learn about how blockchain technology is already in use in the legal industry and consider ways in which it will continue to grow in the industry.

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What You Don’t Know, But Need to Know, About Hotel Investments in 2021 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3108 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Yariv C. Ben-Ari, Esq., Jonathan Falik, Esq.

This session is intended to present a practical approach to understanding basic hotel industry financial terminology, definitions, and applications. The package includes debt terms, equity terms and investment terms and issues. Speakers will discuss the critical legal issues in the purchase and sale of a hotel property, considering the unique aspects of this asset class. The program will focus on seller representations and warranties, key contract provisions in the purchase and sale agreement, and retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation. The program will also address the significance of the terms of the hotel management agreement. The presentation will relate to the current hospitality environment in Q1 2021.

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