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Weekly show featuring interviews with opportunity zones professionals and experts. If it impacts opportunity zones or the opportunity funds industry, we cover it here.
46 Episodes
Can Opportunity Zones address the nation's housing crisis? Show notes and transcript at
Are colleges and universities an untapped resource for Opportunity Zone development? Plus, what can we expect to learn from the census tract level sales transaction data that the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth is releasing later this month? Anu Varadharajan is a tax professor at Tulane University. Dr. Michelle Thompson is a planning and urban studies professor at the University of New Orleans and data fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Show notes and transcript at
On Tuesday, July 9, the IRS held a public hearing on Qualified Opportunity Funds. Who spoke at the hearing and what are some of the biggest issues that the IRS needs to clarify? Full recap available at
Full audio recording of the July 9 IRS public hearing on proposed regulations: "Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds" [REG-120186-18]. Recorded live on site at the IRS New Carrollton Federal Building Auditorium on July 9, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Timestamps and recap at
What are some strategies for maximizing Opportunity Zone investment returns? What should investors be aware of and what pitfalls should they avoid? Kevin Shields is founder, chairman, and CEO of Griffin Capital, an alternative investment firm with over $17 billion in assets under management. Show notes and transcript on
It's been one year since Virtua Partners launched the very first Qualified Opportunity Fund. Since then, they have raised $100 million, roughly half of which has already been deployed; they've broken ground on numerous projects, and have a pipeline of about 100 more. Quinn Palomino is principal at Virtua Partners, a global private equity firm that specializes in commercial real estate, and manager of four Opportunity Zone funds. Show notes and transcript on
Should Qualified Opportunity Funds best practices include third-party administration? And what are some Opportunity Zone trends being noticed by the industry's largest service provider? Reid Thomas is executive vice president and general manager of NES Financial, a Silicon Valley-based fintech company that provides a purpose-built administration solution for Qualified Opportunity Funds. Show notes and transcript on
What is the biggest problem in the Opportunity Zone space today? And why is there pushback from potential investors with capital gains? Justin Wolk is a capital advisor for StackSource, a New York City-based real estate technology company that connects commercial real estate developers with lenders. Show notes and transcript on
What are some of the most important legal considerations when forming an Opportunity Zone Fund? What are some of the pros and cons of corporation, partnership, REIT, and synthetic fund structures? Jessica Millett is partner, chair, and "Wizard of OZ" of the tax practice group at Duval & Stachenfeld, a real estate law firm headquartered in New York City. Show notes and transcript on
The second tranche of regulations that were published two months ago clarified many questions regarding opportunity zone businesses. What are some strategies for operating business investment that OZ funds should consider? M&A attorney Ashley Tison is founder and CEO of the Charlotte, NC-based Ōz group of companies (pronounced OHz). Ōz is an opportunity zone consulting group and manager of a qualified opportunity fund that invests in operating business. Show notes and transcript on
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