The Biden Infrastructure Plan and Its Impact on the U.S. Real Estate Industry: Seizing Opportunities, Navigating Risk

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The Biden Administration recently unveiled its American Jobs Plan, a sweeping proposal to invest more than $2 trillion in the nation’s infrastructure. Though the White House has pulled back some of its proposals during negotiations with Republicans, adoption of even portions of the Plan would affect massive change in nearly all segments of the economy, not least of which the real estate industry. Some of these impacts appear in the text of the plan, including investments in affordable housing development and in energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits. Other impacts require a deeper look to uncover and analyze. Join our panel of industry leaders to gain a deeper understanding of both the opportunities and the risks involved with the American Jobs Plan – and why you should pay attention now – even though the negotiation has just begun.

Attendees will learn how the American Jobs Plan would create:

  • Opportunities in the new built environment, including housing, manufacturing, clean energy and zoning changes
  • Impacts on the already built environment, including NHIA tax credits for rehabilitation and energy efficiency, infill investment, and energy efficiency and retrofits.
  • Indirect real estate opportunities stemming from expansions of public transit, transportation infrastructure and sustainable real estate development.

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This event is part of the iGlobal Forum Client Event Series, virtual events hosted by iGlobal Forum in partnership with some of the most trusted firms in the industry.

These events are free to attend and bring together thought-leaders, active industry players, and hundreds of attendees in a knowledge exchange that will prepare you for overcoming challenges, improving business processes, and optimizing future opportunities.

  Included is the new segment, Overtime with Duane Morris, an open discussion forum for attendees to ask questions in a live video chat with panelists.

 

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David Amerikaner is a member of Duane Morris’ Real Estate Practice Group and focuses his practice on land use, project development, environmental law, eminent domain, and sustainability.

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David Amerikaner

Special Counsel

Duane Morris

 

Mr. Amerikaner advises developers, energy companies, and other large users of land through the process of obtaining permits and approvals to develop their land.  This practice includes representation before local and state planning commissions, boards, councils, agencies, and other decisionmakers, as well as outreach to and negotiation with project opponents.  Mr. Amerikaner’s experience spans several states and local jurisdictions, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other environmental and municipal regulations in California.  He also handles litigation matters that arise from land development.

Mr. Amerikaner handles eminent domain matters for utilities seeking to condemn private properties for public use, and on behalf of private property owners whose properties have been condemned.  He also represents private property owners in tax assessment appeals.

Mr. Amerikaner regularly counsels private equity firms, banks, sovereign wealth funds, and other entities on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.  He is experienced in performing due diligence, negotiating and drafting contractual provisions, and providing strategic advice in the context of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, debt and equity financing, real estate transactions, and project finance.

Mr. Amerikaner has an active practice in the field of environmental commodities, including advising clients on the generation and trading of carbon credits and various types of mitigation credits.  He also counsels clients on reducing their carbon footprints and complying with environmental mitigation requirements, on both voluntary and mandatory bases.

In addition, Mr. Amerikaner maintains a robust pro bono practice, including work on behalf of disadvantaged individuals related to land use, government approvals, real estate transactions, immigration, and Holocaust reparations.

Mr. Amerikaner is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and California. He is a member of the California and New York State Bar Associations.  He is a former advisory board member of the Trust for Public Land New York State Chapter, and is active in fundraising and team building for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Mr. Amerikaner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard University, and also received a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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John Jacobsson is Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, of Related Companies.

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John Jacobsson

Executive Vice President, Capital Markets

Related Companies

Mr. Jacobsson is responsible for sustaining and building upon Related’s relationships with the global institutional investor community. In addition to sourcing debt and equity for The Related Companies’ development projects and for Related Fund Management’s funds, Mr. Jacobsson pursues new investment and business opportunities.

Prior to joining Related in 2013, Mr. Jacobsson was a partner at Apollo Real Estate Advisors (later known as AREA Property Partners). Mr. Jacobsson joined Apollo Real Estate at the time of its founding in 1993 and was a Partner and the leader of AREA’s North America Opportunity Funds business, overseeing opportunistic investments in the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Jacobsson started his career in real estate in 1990 as a member of the acquisitions group of Trammell Crow Ventures in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Jacobsson serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of HEAF, a comprehensive supplemental education and youth development organization based in Harlem, New York. Mr. Jacobsson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

 

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As Founding Principal of TANTUM Real Estate, Debra Tantleff operates a certified Women’s Business Enterprise development and advisory firm focused on creating boutique multi-family and mixed-use communities in the New Jersey region.

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Debra Tantleff

Founding Principal

TANTUM

Prior to founding TANTUM, Ms. Tantleff was a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company, where she established a highly-acclaimed reputation for delivering exceptional mixed-use projects, with a portfolio that grew to more than 5,000 residential units and 200,000 square feet of retail space.

Ms. Tantleff serves as Builder Vice President to the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) and is a member of the Executive Committee at the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School; she sits on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowlands Regional 2040 Foundation and the Board of Directors for Downtown New Jersey. She has been listed on ROI-NJ’s Real Estate Influencers List, named a “Top Forty Under 40” both by Real Estate Forum and NJBiz, and received the Women Builders Council’s Outstanding Women Award. She has been recognized numerous times by the National Association of Home Builders and the NJBA, including twice being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Political Action and the Special Service Industry Award.

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Remy-Raisner

Remy Raisner

Founder & CEO

The Raisner Group 

Mr. Raisner is the Founder and CEO of The Raisner Group, a real estate investment firm headquartered in New York City.

To date, it has been a leader in the rebirth of Brooklyn and has purchased and repositioned over 30 properties.  Its vision is to contribute to the reshaping of the local urban landscape, hand-in-hand with local stakeholders and communities.

Most of the firm’s acquisitions have taken place in the emerging neighborhoods of Bushwick, Bed Stuy and Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Prior to creating The Raisner Group, he worked as an equity trader in New York and a private equity investor in Argentina.  Mr. Raisner holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from Columbia Business School with Dean’s List honors.  He is a CFA Charterholder and a Foreign Trade Advisor to the Government of France.  He is a Founding Member of the Transatlantic Forum of the French-American Foundation and an Advisor to Concordia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering Public-Private Partnerships for social impact. He has also been a Sponsor of the Real Estate Private Equity Class at Columbia Business School.

Starting 2013, The Raisner Group also became involved in PropTech, through its affiliate Raisner Tech Ventures, and made early stage investments in such real estate technology startups as TheGuarantors, Enertiv, RealCrowd and LeasePilot.  The Raisner Group also undertook its first co-living project in 2019 in Bushwick.

He has been a Contributor on real estate, urbanism and foreign affairs topics for publications and organization such as The Huffington Post, The World Economic Forum, Forbes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Observer and Le Monde. Prior to his career in business, he played professional basketball.

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Alexander Heil is Vice President for Research at the Citizens Budget Commission.

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Alexander Heil 

VP for Research at Citizens Budget Commission and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University & NYU

He manages CBC's research agenda and covers areas ranging from public sector capital spending, infrastructure operations, and government policy impacts. Alexander is an economist with more than twenty years of experience in the private and public sector and with a long track record of communicating complex economic issues to a variety of audiences.  He joined CBC from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he held the position of Chief Economist for a decade.  As Chief Economist, Dr. Heil was responsible for developing and managing the agency’s economic research and analysis agenda, helping to ensure that the agency’s major investment and policy decisions are informed by sound economic principles and analysis.  Specifically, he focused on capital prioritization of the agency’s multi-billion-dollar capital plan, economic forecasting of transportation activities and revenues, and cost-benefit analysis of resilience investments.  In addition, he played an active role in supporting sustainability and environmental analyses throughout the agency.

Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, he was an Economist at CDM Smith, where he conducted management consulting for government entities and private industry clients in the water, wastewater and energy sectors. He also worked at Cambridge Systematics Inc., Commonwealth Research Group Inc., and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. He currently teaches at the Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Dr. Heil holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Economics from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and his master’s degree in Economics from Golden Gate University. 



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