Featured Publications

July 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zones: What We Know From New Regulations

Interest continues to increase in a promising new program contained in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provides significant tax incentives for investors in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).After releasing the first set of QOZ proposed regulations on…

Opportunities & Trends in Real Estate Private Equity

In a low interest rate environment and with plenty of undeployed capital, Private Equity firms continue aggressive investments in commercial real estate assets. The real estate market in which these firms invest is facing a variety of challenges and opport…

The Expanding Definition of Retail: Incorporating Alternative Uses in Retail Shopping Centers

As retail real estate continues to evolve, landlords are increasingly looking for tenants with alternative uses to fill vacant spaces in shopping centers. What once may have been a toy store, might now be outfitted as a fitness center. A storefront that on…

Tariffs, Taxes, and Trade Wars: Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

Current economic conditions and recent changes to trade policy governing the importation of goods crucial to construction activities—aluminum, steel, fuel, etc.—have had a significant impact on the cost of these and other goods in recent years. As a re…

June 2019

FAQs on Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law

On June 20, 2018, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave (PFMLA) into law. Since then, the newly-created Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave published two sets of draft regulations on the PFMLA. In addition, last week Go…

Legal “Gray Area” Surrounds CBD-Infused Food and Beverages

2018 was a busy year for the cannabis industry in the Northeast. David S. Hirsch explains what it will take for the production, distribution and sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products to move out of the legal "gray area."