NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two Duval and Stachenfeld LLP partners spoke on panels at the spring conference of the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association in New Orleans on April 3–4 , 2017. Evan Hudson, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Capital Markets Practice Group, and Heather Wyckoff, chair of the firm’s Fund Formation, Investment Management & Compliance Practice Group, shared their expertise with some of the over seven hundred issuers, broker-dealers and fellow members of the bar that attended the conference.
Mr. Hudson moderated the panel on the use of the new Regulation A, or Regulation A+, to raise capital for REITs. Regulation A allows REITs and other issuers to offer up to $50 million of securities per year without registering the same – allowing issuers to comply with less stringent requirements while still offering their securities to the broader public. Mr. Hudson said, “This has become a crucial new tool in a real estate sponsor’s toolbox, both for franchise-level capital raises and for specific transactions. Since the new Regulation A went into effect in 2015, our firm has been eyeing it closely and advising our clients on its applicability. In the coming years, we see significant expansion of its use.”
A prominent attorney in the REIT space, Mr. Hudson centers his practice on the representation of middle-market REITs, representing clients who have less than $3 billion dollars in market capitalization.
Heather Wyckoff spoke on a panel about best practices and the use of customer relationship management (“CRM”) tools by investment advisers, on which she offered insights into the various operational and regulatory advantages of utilizing a CRM system. Ms. Wyckoff has over ten years of experience advising sponsors of private investment vehicles, registered and unregistered investment advisers, family offices and financial institutions. She regularly counsels clients on the detailed registration and compliance requirements that apply to the day to day operations of their investment management businesses. Ms. Wyckoff noted “Whether it’s establishing the suitability of a new prospect, documenting a pre-existing and substantive relationship for a private placement, creating an audit log of communications to facilitate email searches and review customer complaints, setting up standing meetings between investors and management, documenting distribution of periodic and annual reports and privacy notices, or responding to a regulatory audit or litigation proceeding, many investment managers are turning to CRM systems to streamline various administrative and regulatory compliance processes.”
D&S is known for regularly handling the most complex and sophisticated real estate transactional work throughout the United States and globally. With close to 55 full-time real estate attorneys, the D&S Real Estate Practice Group has one of the largest real estate law practices in New York City. The Firm distinguishes itself with its pure play focus on real estate law. For more information, please visit www.dsllp.com.