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  • October 2009

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The Special Investors and Investment Structure Group

The Special Investors and Investment Structure Group addresses specialized investments in real estate, including pension plan investments, insurance company investments and foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The Group also addresses specialized structures for investment and financing, including limited liability companies, partnerships, REITs, land trusts and real estate investment funds. To address these matters, the Special Investors and Investment Structure Group has seven committees: Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, Pension Plan Investments, Life Insurance Company Investments, Land Trust, International Investment in Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds (in combination with the Pension Plan Investments Committee) and Federal Taxation of Real Estate.

The Group holds monthly leadership calls to coordinate our activities and is planning to launch a Group blog and a Group newsletter. The objective is to inform our members of timely issues in the investment field, publish articles written by our members and coordinate our presentations. We also encourage lawyers who may not yet be active in the Group or in the Section to join one of the Group’s committees.

The Group also has an active calendar of substantive programs. We hold quarterly Hot Topics calls. The subject matter of these Hot Topics calls generally rotates among the committees. Recent topics have included the global financial crisis, and how the crisis has affected international investments in real estate. The next call is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th, at 11:00 A.M. Eastern and is entitled “Levin Bill v. NCCUSL: The Lesser of the Two Evils?”  Further information is already posted on the Group’s webpage - http://www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=RP289000.

The Group is already planning on its Group Program at the 2010 Spring Symposia, in Philadelphia. The Group's Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee is working to put on a joint program with the Real Estate Financing Group and the Business Law Section on the General Growth case and its impact on SPE entities and securitized debt.

We welcome your ideas for programming or topics which need to be addressed by our Committees.  Please contact Dennis Horn, Group Chair ( dennis.horn@hklaw.com) or Luis Moreno, Group Vice-Chair ( luis.moreno@haynesboone.com) with your thoughts and suggestions.


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