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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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Discovery Issues in Litigation Finance (03/24/2021)

Program Number: 3171 Presenter: Andrew Goldenberg, Esq.

Litigation finance is where a nonparty funds a plaintiff’s lawsuit in exchange for an interest in the recovery. Some recent estimates place the size of the litigation finance market at over $100 billion. This burgeoning industry has allowed for greater flexibility in how individuals, businesses and law firms approach litigation. Litigation funding opens up opportunities for litigants which would otherwise not exist due to the risk, complexity and expense associated with litigation. In this program, Andrew Goldenberg of Goldenberg Law, LLC (www.glawnyc.com ), will address the basics of litigation finance and how the increased use of litigation funding has resulted in more demand for disclosure of documents and communications concerning litigation funding arrangements, as well as recent court decisions that have impacted litigation finance discovery.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About SPACs But Were Afraid to Ask (03/12/2021)

Program Number: 3164 Presenter: Eden P. Quainton, Esq.

The course will explain what SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) are, when then emerged historically, how they are structured, how they are being used, how they work, why they are so popular, how they are regulated, what issues frequently arise and what risks they pose. The course will focus in on a few recent SPAC transactions to explain how the target is selected, how the merger with the SPAC occurs mechanically, what documents are negotiated and what documents are filed with the SEC. The course will also discuss some of the recurrent issues that frequently arise, including fair market value of a private target, valuation and status of options and deferred compensation, preparation of audited financials, the use of a simultaneous PIPE (private investment in public equity) transaction, the “promote,” registration rights, earn-outs, lock-ups, management, disclosure and insider self-dealing.

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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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Ordinary Course in Extraordinary Times: Lessons from The Recent Delaware Decision of AB Stable v. MAPS by the Litigators That Tried the Case (03/01/2021)

Program Number: 3143 Presenter: Rollo C. Baker IV, Esq., Jonathan E. Feder, Esq., Christopher D. Kercher, Esq.

In the first terminated transaction to go to trial during the pandemic--AB Stable v. MAPS--the Delaware Court of Chancery decided important questions around contractual obligations in light of the crisis. Although the decision is limited to the facts of that case, it contains important lessons for M&A practitioners considering deals in light of the pandemic and negotiating future transactions. In this program, a team of the litigators that represented the buyer in AB Stable v. MAPS explain important takeaways from the decision.

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IOLTA – The Basics – What Lawyers Need to Know (02/03/2021)

Program Number: 3141 Presenter: Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

Mismanaging an IOLTA is one of most common ways lawyers find themselves in disciplinary proceedings. Commonly, the problems arise because lawyers do not know the rules that apply to handling their IOLTA accounts, generally because they were never trained in the best practices. This course will explain the basics of IOLTA accounts, and offer practical advice how to set up an account, how to handle the required accounting, and offer detailed information about IOLTA account do’s and don’ts. The program is based upon the American Bar Association Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 and the Model Rule on Financial Recordkeeping.

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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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