May 17, 2022

NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business to Host the 2022 Federal Real Estate and Partnerships Tax Conference In-Person on June 9-10 in Washington, DC

This Year’s Conference Will Focus on the Latest Developments, Legislation, and Rulings Affecting Real Estate and Partnership Taxation, including Opportunity Zones, Like-Kind Exchanges, Cross-Border Investments, Debt Workouts, and Section 752 Regulations and Transactions

NEW YORK, May 17, 2021 On June 9-10, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) Division of Programs in Business’ Finance and Taxation programs will host the 2022 Federal Real Estate and Partnerships Tax Conference in person at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

This year’s NYU Federal Real Estate and Partnerships Tax Conference will focus on recent rulings, regulations, and issues affecting real estate and partnership taxation. Panel topics include how to navigate the federal income tax issues associated with debt forgiveness and workouts, issues arising in leasing transactions, current trends in opportunity zones and like-kind exchanges, and new opportunities in cross-border real estate investment, debt workouts, Section 752 regulations, and transactions.

The Conference, co-chaired by Andrea M. Whiteway, Esq., principal, National Tax Group, EY, and Paul H. Wilner, CPA, managing partner, Grossberg  Company, is designed for accountants, attorneys, and tax and real estate professionals, at all levels, who are involved in the planning and transactional work related to partnerships and real estate taxation. Participants qualify for CPE and CLE credits.

Registration and Vaccination Compliance
All attendees, including conference speakers, must upload proof of vaccination, including the booster into VEOCI, NYU’s Campus Safety Systems for event access. Steps to upload proof of vaccination into VEOCI will be provided via email to all attendees and must be satisfied prior to the event in order to be admitted.

Registration Deadline
Due to COVID-19 health and safety procedures for this conference, attendees will be able to register for the conference until June 3, 2022, 11:59 pm, to allow for adequate time to process registrations in accordance with NYU vaccine mandates. On-site registration may not be allowed for this conference. For more information, please contact Kathleen Costello at 212-992-3320 or email

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Day 1: Thursday, June 9
8:00 a.m.
Registration, Distribution of Materials, and Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

  • Kathleen Costello, CMP, Assistant Director, NYU School of Professional Studies

8:30 a.m.
Working with the Section 75 Partnership Liability Allocation Rules

The Section 752 partnership liability allocation rules present planning opportunities. This presentation explores the regulations and transactions, and cases in which the Section 752 regulations apply.

  • Andrea M. Whiteway, Esq., Principal, EY

9:30 a.m.
Estate Planning for Real Estate Entrepreneurs, Estate Freezes Using Partnerships

This presentation explores the various planning techniques available to real estate entrepreneurs in the estate planning context.

  • Stephen M. Breitstone, Esq., Partner, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone
  • Jerome M. Hesch, Esq., Counsel, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone
  • Joseph Medina, CPA, Managing Director, EY

11:00 a.m.
Opportunity Zones

Panel discusses the basic requirements, recent regulatory updates, and the real world aspects of investments in opportunity zones, as well as recent legislative proposals impacting opportunity zones.

  • Brian J. O’Connor, Esq., Partner, Venable
  • Paul H. Wilner, CPA, Partner, Grossberg Company

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m.
Post-Luncheon Address: As the Experts

Session provides an outstanding opportunity for the audience to raise tax questions with a panel of leading experts.

  • Brian J. O’Connor, Esq., Partner, Venable
  • Robert D. Schachat, Esq., Managing Director, BDO USA
  • Steven R. Schneider, Esq., Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Andrea M. Whiteway, Esq., Principal, EY
  • Paul H. Wilner, CPA, Partner, Grossberg Company

1:45 p.m.
Creative Deal Structures

This session covers creative real estate deal structures related to transactions involving the formation of joint ventures with appreciated property or built-in loss property, contributions by non-owners (government subsidies, grants, and TIFS), recapitalizations, book-ups, book-downs, preserving negative capital accounts, conversion of debt into equity, and similar tax-driven transitional planning.

  • Brian J. O’Connor, Esq., Partner, Venable
  • Steven R. Schneider, Esq., Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

3:15 p.m.
Hot Topics in Like-Kind Exchanges

Panel covers a wide variety of recent developments impacting like-kind exchanges of real property, including related party transactions, leases, parking arrangements within and outside the safe harbor, construction exchanges, and refinancing before or after the exchange and foreclosures.

  • Glenn M. Johnson, Esq., Principal, EY
  • Robert D. Schachat, Esq., Managing Director, BDO USA

4:30 p.m.
Update on Recent and Pending Developments from the Government Perspective

An overview of recent and pending developments in partnership and real estate taxation from the government perspective. This is an opportunity to hear firsthand the view of a key government official about what’s important, why it’s important, and what the government is doing about it.

  • Holly Porter, Esq., Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), Internal Revenue Service
  • Andrea M. Whiteway, Esq., Principal, EY
  • Paul H. Wilner, CPA, Partner, Grossberg Company

5:15 p.m.
Networking Reception


Day 2: June 10

8:30 a.m.
Back to Basics, Built-In Gains and Losses, Section 704(c)

Presentation will cover the mechanics of section 704(c) and reverse Section 704(c) allocations: the traditional method, ceiling limitation principles, traditional method with curative allocations, remedial allocation method, various operating rules in the Section 704(c) regulations and Section 704(c)(1)(C); anti abuse provisions, tax distribution considerations, and planning concepts.

  • Paul H. Wilner, CPA, Partner, Grossberg Company

9:45 a.m.
Troubled Business Workouts

Given the impact of the pandemic on business, understanding how to navigate the federal income tax issues associated with debt forgiveness and workouts is more important than ever. This presentation covers the issues associated with troubled businesses and debt restructuring/workouts with a focus on partnerships and real estate.

  • Audrey W. Ellis, Esq., Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • James B. Sowell, Esq., Principal, KPMG

11:15 a.m.
Deferred Revenue in Partnership Transactions

This session explores the treatment of deferred revenue in partnership transactions, including distributions of the associated cash, transfers of interests in partnerships that have deferred revenue, and contributions to partnerships that have deferred revenue.

  • Steven Gilbert, Esq., Managing Director, Deloitte Tax
  • Jennifer Ray, Esq., Principal, Deloitte Tax

12-1:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m.
Post Luncheon Panel: Legislative Outlook for Real Estate

This presentation focuses on current key national public policy issues and legislative actions under consideration as they affect the real estate industry as well as the overall economy.

  • Ryan P. McCormick, Esq., Senior Vice President and Counsel, The Real Estate Roundtable

2:00 p.m.
Creative Planning for Cross-Border Real Estate Investment

This presentation discusses how to structure foreign investment in US real estate, joint ventures with offshore investors, debt versus equity structures and withholding requirements and traps.

  • David Friedline, Esq., Partner, Deloitte Tax
  • Michael Hirschfeld, Esq., Managing Director, Andersen Tax

3:30 p.m.
Lease Modifications

This panel addresses issues arising in leasing transactions, including identifying a true lease, tax issues that arise with stepped or deferred rent, leasehold improvements, landlord work letters and other inducements, and tax treatment of lease terminations.

  • Glenn. M. Johnson, Esq., Principal, EY
  • Robert D. Schachat, Esq., Managing Director, BDO USA

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