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16th Annual Tax & Securities Law Institute

"What Lies Ahead?"
When
2/22/2018 - 2/23/2018
Where
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa 5350 East Marriott Drive (480) 293-5000
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Program

   

A. General Sessions

 
What happens when an attorney engaged in the private practice of municipal bond law decides to leave that practice, but remains connected to the municipal marketplace? Our panel will be comprised of lawyers who have taken legal or business positions with corporations and government entities involved in the bond market. Our panelists will provide their perspectives on the issues that are most critical to them when dealing with bond lawyers in private practice, how those relationships succeed (or fail), and what they look for (and avoid) when seeking outside counsel to represent them.
Track
A. General Sessions
Time
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
2/22/2018 8:15 AM

B. Luncheon

 
Andrew Arruda is the CEO and Cofounder of ROSS Intelligence, a pioneering artificial intelligence company in the legal space. ROSS builds AI tools for lawyers to enable them to provide new services and create efficiencies for their clients. Arruda, an attorney by education and training, will talk about the development of artificial intelligence generally as well as its evolving application to the practice of law. Although most of us are aware that artificial intelligence exists and is expanding, we are likely to think of it in terms of our livelihood and potential threats to us . Arruda will speak to these concerns and explore the types of benefits that can be realized by tailoring artificial intelligence to our practices today, as well as how AI is already changing industries such as health, finance, and transportation. Spoiler alert: lawyers are not getting replaced by robots.
Track
B. Luncheon
Time
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2/22/2018 12:30 PM

Breakout 1

 
The Joint Panel will discuss tax, securities and general law issues in the context of the anticipated cessation of the LIBOR interest rate index in 2021. The panel will consider the effect of the discontinuance of LIBOR on various LIBOR-based provisions in interest rate swaps and bond documents and explore strategies for substituting a replacement index. The panel also will examine the effects of discontinuance under tax reissuance rules and securities disclosure laws and general considerations affecting bondholders.
Track
Breakout 1
Time
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
2/22/2018 9:45 AM

This panel will be dictated by the then-most current issues facing securities practitioners.
Track
Breakout 1
Time
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
2/22/2018 9:45 AM

This panel will focus on new developments and areas of current concern, including a review of any new guidance (such as the revised proposed TEFRA regulations and current guidance on audits).
Track
Breakout 1
Time
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
2/22/2018 9:45 AM

This panel will explore advanced topics in refunding trans-actions, including application of the hedge bond and the multi-purpose allocation rules applicable to refunding transactions.
Track
Breakout 1
Time
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
2/22/2018 9:45 AM

Breakout 2

 
This panel will take an in-depth look at the ethical issues affecting counsel in municipal finance transactions and the application of ethics rules to selected topics, with an emphasis on the effects of cyber-security and technology. The panel will consider the concerns that arise with the continuing expansion of the use of technology and its interaction with rules relating to client confidentiality, file retention, and competency. The panel also will discuss insurance issues relating to information technology security.
Track
Breakout 2
Time
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2/22/2018 11:15 AM

This panel will analyze specific enforcement scenarios as well as any recent legislative or regulatory initiatives or administrative or judicial determinations.
Track
Breakout 2
Time
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2/22/2018 11:15 AM

This panel will explore advanced issues regarding measuring private business use and private payments, public-private partnerships, and multipurpose issue allocations.
Track
Breakout 2
Time
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2/22/2018 11:15 AM

Breakout 3

 
This panel will examine current primary disclosure issues, including the extent to which increased regulatory scrutiny and enforcement (e.g., MCDC) has affected primary disclosure of "financial" and "operating" information and disclosure issues relating to potential tax reform and the phasing out of LIBOR.
Track
Breakout 3
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2/22/2018 3:00 PM

This new panel will focus on how specific tax issues (e.g., refunding and reissuance issues) affect the manner in which transactions must be structured as well as the range (and purposes) of tax law disclosures in offering documents.
Track
Breakout 3
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2/22/2018 3:00 PM

This panel will focus on new developments and areas of current concern, including a review of any new guidance (such as the revised proposed TEFRA regulations and current guidance on audits).
Track
Breakout 3
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2/22/2018 3:00 PM

This panel will review and evaluate current tax enforcement initiatives and questions relating to handling investigations and audits in light of the IRS' announcement that it will no longer identify the basis for an examination.
Track
Breakout 3
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
2/22/2018 3:00 PM

Breakout 4

 
This panel will be dictated by the then-most current issues facing securities practitioners.
Track
Breakout 4
Time
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2/22/2018 4:30 PM

This panel will explore the distinctions among these vehicles for the sale of municipal securities and the roles of investment bankers and municipal advisors in these offerings.
Track
Breakout 4
Time
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2/22/2018 4:30 PM

This panel will explore advanced issues regarding measuring private business use and private payments, public-private partnerships, and multipurpose issue allocations.
Track
Breakout 4
Time
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2/22/2018 4:30 PM

This panel will introduce, reacquaint, and expand tax lawyers' knowledge of the securities laws applicable to municipal finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on materiality, change in law disclosure issues, and continuing disclosure obligations.
Track
Breakout 4
Time
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2/22/2018 4:30 PM

Breakout 5

 
The Joint Panel will discuss tax, securities and general law issues in the context of the anticipated cessation of the LIBOR interest rate index in 2021. The panel will consider the effect of the discontinuance of LIBOR on various LIBOR-based provisions in interest rate swaps and bond documents and explore strategies for substituting a replacement index. The panel also will examine the effects of discontinuance under tax reissuance rules and securities disclosure laws and general considerations affecting bondholders.
Track
Breakout 5
Time
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
2/23/2018 8:00 AM

This panel will analyze specific enforcement scenarios as well as any recent legislative or regulatory initiatives or administrative or judicial determinations.
Track
Breakout 5
Time
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
2/23/2018 8:00 AM

This panel will review and evaluate current tax enforcement initiatives and questions relating to handling investigations and audits in light of the IRS' announcement that it will no longer identify the basis for an examination.
Track
Breakout 5
Time
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
2/23/2018 8:00 AM

Breakout 6

 
This panel will take an in-depth look at the ethical issues affecting counsel in municipal finance transactions and the application of ethics rules to selected topics, with an emphasis on the effects of cyber-security and technology. The panel will consider the concerns that arise with the continuing expansion of the use of technology and its interaction with rules relating to client confidentiality, file retention, and competency. The panel also will discuss insurance issues relating to information technology security.
Track
Breakout 6
Time
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2/23/2018 9:30 AM

This new panel will focus on how specific tax issues (e.g., refunding and reissuance issues) affect the manner in which transactions must be structured as well as the range (and purposes) of tax law disclosures in offering documents.
Track
Breakout 6
Time
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2/23/2018 9:30 AM

This panel will introduce, reacquaint, and expand tax lawyers' knowledge of the securities laws applicable to municipal finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on materiality, change in law disclosure issues, and continuing disclosure obligations.
Track
Breakout 6
Time
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2/23/2018 9:30 AM

Breakout 7

 
This panel will examine current primary disclosure issues, including the extent to which increased regulatory scrutiny and enforcement (e.g., MCDC) has affected primary disclosure of "financial" and "operating" information and disclosure issues relating to potential tax reform and the phasing out of LIBOR.
Track
Breakout 7
Time
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2/23/2018 11:00 AM

This panel will explore the distinctions among these vehicles for the sale of municipal securities and the roles of investment bankers and municipal advisors in these offerings.
Track
Breakout 7
Time
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2/23/2018 11:00 AM

This panel will explore advanced topics in refunding trans-actions, including application of the hedge bond and the multi-purpose allocation rules applicable to refunding transactions.
Track
Breakout 7
Time
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
2/23/2018 11:00 AM

C. Welcome Reception

 
On Thursday evening, NABL will host a reception for all attendees. This Welcome Reception always provides a great opportunity to visit with bond lawyers from across the country and meet with government and industry representatives.
Track
C. Welcome Reception
Time
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
2/22/2018 5:45 PM