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    Michael Zetlin

    Commercial Observer and REBNY hosted the 3rd Annual Future of New York Forum on Thursday, March 30th. Zetlin & De Chiara founding partner Michael Zetlin lead a panel on the future of housing.

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    Zetlin & De Chiara Celebrated Our 30th Aniversary!

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    10:15 - 11:45

    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel

    Patricia Harris, Zetlin & De Chiara Special Counsel, will speak at the Small Firm Symposium, sponsored by AIA NYS, AIA New Jersey, and AIA Pennsylvania. She will discuss Ownership Transitions.

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    MGM Grand Las Vegas - Conference Center

    Rachel John

    Rachel John will speak on the importance of negotiating a comprehensive teaming agreement when pursuing a design-build project award on a panel entitled, So You Think a Teaming Agreement is Too Much Trouble? She will also discuss updates to the DBIA family of design-build contracts and comparison of key terms with other industry forms in another panel, Fair and Balanced – What Makes DBIA’s Family of Contract Documents Different? The panels will take place at the Design-Build Institute of America's 2022 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.

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    8:00-10:00 AM
    The Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York

    Michael Zetlin Esq. (Moderator) - Senior Partner, Zetlin and De Chiara LLP

    Don Naber - EVP, Safety, Risk and Insurance, Gilbane Building Company

    Jack Frasier - SVP, American Global LLC

    Brian Palmer - AVP, Claims Advocate Lead, Alliant Insurance Services/Construction Services

    Nadeem Mir - Clinical Director, First Care

    Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, moderated a panel discussion hosted by the New York Building Congress -"ADR" Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Legal Alternative to Workers Compensation Insurance for Infrastructure and Construction on July 14th, at the Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York.

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    Rachel John, a lawyer at Zetlin & De Chiara, will speak as a member of the panel on Green Hues in Contracts during Brooklyn Law School's Introduction to Sustainability and Future Cities Boot Camp on June 23rd.

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    Virtual and Sheraton New York Times Square

    Michael J. Vardaro, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Joeann Walker, Con Edison

    Michael Hanahan, Perkins Coie

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of . . . Good Contracts): Understanding and Navigating the Ancillary Contracts in Construction

    Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner, will join a panel at the ABA Forum on Construction Law to discuss the nuances of construction contracts. In-house counsel frequently draft and negotiate core construction contracts, but projects often require a variety of other specialized ancillary agreements, including joint venture arrangements, special project access issues, non-disclosure and confidentiality, unusual project finance, letters of intent, and other issues. You can sleep soundly when you have adequately papered the deal for these critical, and often unique, situations.

    This session will equip counsel to recognize the need for an ancillary agreement as well as the purposes, principal components, and strategies for negotiating such specialized contracts.

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    8:15 AM - 12:30 PM EST
    605 3rd Ave, 7th Floor New York, NY 10158

    Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner

    Zetlin & De Chiara senior partner Michael Zetlin moderated the keynote session of The Commercial Observer’s latest commercial real estate forum — “The State of CRE: A Forward-Looking Industry Outlook & Vision for Market Growth.”

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    Albany Capital Center 55 Eagle Street Albany, New York 12207 United States

    Michael Vardaro, LEED AP, Managing Partner | Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Tabitha M. Croscut, Shareholder and Chair | Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.

    Steve Gido, CFA, Principal | Rusk O'Brien Gido + Partners

    Campbell Wallace, Esq., NYS Director of Government Relations | ACEC New York

    Moderator: Rob Brewer, CPA, CCIFP, Partner, Architecture & Engineering Practice Leader | Grassi Advisors & Accounting

    Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner, will participate in a panel on Mergers, Acquisitions and ESOP: The Future of A/E/C Management at the ACEC New York Winter Conference. The panel, part of the CFO/Business Managers Agenda will feature industry leaders who will provide their views on how mergers and acquisitions, as well as pending ESOP legislation, will affect engineering firms in the near and distant future.

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    Union League Club & Virtual

    Michael De Chiara, Zetlin & De Chiara

    Rick Cook, COOKFOX Architects

    Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

    Rocco Giannetti, Gensler

    Sabrina Kanner, Brookfield Properties

    Yasemin Kologlu, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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    Loryn Riggiola, Partner

    Loryn Riggiola, Partner will join a panel discussion on the Design Build process. The panel will include NYC DOT’s Tanvi Pandya, PE, DBIA, Executive Director of Design-Build (Bridges) as well as members of WBC’s Design Build Committee who will share their insights and perspectives on best practices for MWBEs as well as managing risk on these type of projects.

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    4:00-6:00 ET

    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel

    Zetlin & De Chiara Special Counsel Patti Harris has been invited to speak on "Professional Business Entities & Licensure: Rules to Live by Whether You’re Starting Out or Growing Your Practice" on the EntreArchitect podcast Context & Clarity LIVE.

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    Loryn Riggiola, Partner

    Loryn Riggiola, Partner will speak as a member of a panel at The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation 25th Annual Connections Conference on November 8-10, 2021. The conference will address The "New" P3: Past, Present and Post-Pandemic DBs.

    The panel, Champion or Challenger - How the DRB Process is Viewed Through the Lens of the Designer and Engineer will address how engineers / designers think about the DRB process.

    We often hear from project owners, CMs, and contractors, but what do the engineers / designers think about the DRB process? A panel of major project designers will discuss this perspective.


    Ali Chaudhry, Senior Vice President, AECOM

    Ed Hunter, Technical Advisor, HNTB
    Matthew Neuringer, Senior Associate, Orrick Law Firm
    Loryn Riggiola, Partner,Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
    David Ryan, Senior Vice President-Boston, AECOM

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    The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036

    Michael De Chiara, Zetlin & De Chiara (Moderator); John Cahill, JLL; Mary Howard, Design Technologies; Susan Crinnion, J.P. Morgan

    Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner, will moderate a panel discussion about the transformation of NYC Metro Life Sciences economy into the largest life science economy in the United States in just twenty years. This session will, highlight the private sector macro trends driving industry growth, map where concentrated development is occurring, and will provide a forecast for future opportunities and areas of expansion.

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    Anthony DiBrita, Of Counsel

    Tony DiBrita, Of Counsel, discussed the Risks & Opportunities of NYC LL97. He addressed:

    1. The projects that are subject to LL97

    2. Updates on pending LL97 regulations

    3. Identifying and mitigating problematic contract language

    4. The importance of communicating risks and desicions made during the phases of the project

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    Virtual Event

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara, participated in the Commercial Observer's 5th Annual Healthcare Construction Forum on September 23, 2021.

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    Building Energy Exchange & Virtual

    Michael K. De Chiara-Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara

    Rocco Giannetti, FAIA, LEED AP ID+C-Principal/Managing Director, Gensler

    Tomi Vest, General Counsel, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate Resilience

    Josephine Zurica, P.E., LEED AP, CPHC-Principal, Dagher Engineering

    Michael Izzo-Vice President, Construction, Hines

    Richard Yancey, FAIA, LEED AP-Exectuive Director, Building Energy Exchange

    Michael De Chiara spoke at a BE-Ex Architect Advisory Council (AAC) workshop co-sponsored by the Building Energy Exchange, AIA New York, and ASHRAE New York about the legal risk and responsibility of high performance design and construction, and how to improve compliance with NYC climate legislation.

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    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Patricia Harris, LEED AP, Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Founder and CEO, Licensure LLC

    Elena Brescia, RLA, FASLA

    Lina Telese, Hon. AIA- General Counsel, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, and Patricia Harris, Special Counsel, will speak on a panel, Business Up Front: Contracts and Compliance at the ASLA SKILL | ED program. The panelists will share their expertise regarding the practical challenges faced by all design professionals when they establish their own practices.

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    Tara Mulrooney, Partner

    Tara Mulrooney, Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara, moderated a panel of industry experts at the Commercial Observer’s recent Life Science Forum. The panelists, representatives from different constituencies in the life sciences market, were:

    • Susie Harboth, EVP, Business Operations Breakthrough Properties;
    • Matthew Weir, EVP, Taconic Properties;
    • Shara Ticku, CEO & Co-Founder, C16 Biosciences; and
    • Peter Schubert, Design Partner, Ennead Architects.

    The discussion focused on the unique needs of start-up and early stage life science companies and what developers, landlords and the City can do to make New York a destination for these enterprises.

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    Loryn Riggiola, Partner

    Loryn Riggiola, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP,  joins a panel on June 10, 2021, 1:30-2:30 entitled Understand the Arbitral Decision-Making Model and What Advocates Can Do to Protect the Award. This panel will dicuss the differing arbitral decision-making philosophies and recent challenges to arbitral awards. The application of law, equity, fairness, and justness can serve as a means by which an arbitrator can reach a decision. Each model has its own unique characteristics, and understanding these approaches and their limits is key to avoiding improper or frustrating outcomes in arbitration. Along with the arbitrator, advocates have a role to play in the rendering of an enforceable award, and all participants should have an appreciation for the nature of recent challenges to arbitral awards. The panel will also offer practical tips for drafting arbitration agreements, conducting discovery, and the presentation of evidence to assist arbitrators in making enforceable awards.

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    Michael De Chiara, Senior Partner

    Ted von Rosenvinge, GeoDesign Engineers

    A discussion of the lessons learned, both legal and technical, arising from the Millennium Tower project in San Francisco. The Millennium Tower is a 58 story luxury rental building, home to many high-profile profile that started to skink and tile after completion. One corner of the Tower descended at least 18 inches. The speakers were instrumental in resolving the dispute that ensued. 

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    Michael K. De Chiara, Zetlin & De Chiara; Scott Frank-JB&B; Josephine Zurica-Dagher Engineering

    This program will present key aspects of ACEC New York's LL97 Reference Guide White Paper. Michael De Chiara will discuss design team liability.

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    Jaimee Nardiello-Judge

    Jaime Nardiello, Partner and CREW New York leader will serve as a judge at a mock RFP Team Challenge.

    DIG This: A CREW Careers Program in collaboration with NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) and CREW Foundation.

    Program will focus on the Development Lifecycle to educate and encourage NEW graduates about CRE careers available to them beyond the construction trades, culminating with a Mock RFP Team Challenge, in which NEW graduate teams develop project proposals responding to a Mock RFP, and present them to a panel of distinguished judges, which will determine the winners.

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    Michael J. Vardaro, Managing Partner 

    Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, was invited by CREW NY, the NYC chapter of the CREW International Network, to participate in a high-level discussion about Diversity and Inclusion. CREW NY is dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate.

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    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    In a session on professional ethics, Zetlin & De Chiara addressed the inextricable nature of the relationship between design professionals and the general public by stressing that the safety, health and welfare of the public be the guiding principle in all design decisions. Although each professional society, ACEC, ASCE, NSPE, AIA, SARA has its own Code of Ethics, each shares a paramount commitment to the protection and advancement of the general public's interest.

    While there are many situations where an individual's ethical obligation is clear, there are just as many "gray areas" where design decisions can be legal, yet unethical as well as ethical, but illegal. These "gray areas" must be understood by the design professional and the welfare of the public must be the overriding concern.

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    4:00-5:00 ET

    Michael J. Vardaro, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Ken Simons, The Associated General Contractors of America

    Frank Giunta, HKA Global

    Michael Vardaro will discuss how COVID-19 is shaping our economy as a member of an ABA Construction Law Forum panel . Contrarian investors and companies find opportunities in good times and bad. More than half a year into the COVID-19 crisis what sectors of the economy are prospering in spite or because of the pandemic? How will these developing trends shape the future of the construction economy? 

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    2:00-3:30 PM

    Michael K. De Chiara-Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Moderator, Anthony J. DiBrita, Jr.- Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, Lionel Bejean-Greyling Insurance Brokerage & Risk Consulting, Inc. Peter Koppisch-Willian H. Connolly Co., LLC, Mary Beth Rumple-Poole Professionals, Kevin Viana-Marshall & Sterling Insurance

    The panel of insurance experts and attorneys will address insurance coverage and risk management in these uncertain times and how you can take a proactive approach to protecting your business.

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    Tara Mulrooney, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Mitch Simpler-JB&B; Joanna Frank-Center for Active Design; Christopher Sharples-SHoP Architects; Andrew Demming-Gardiner & Theobold

    The Post Pandemic Office: Perspectives on the New Normal.  A recording of the webinar, Panelists' Questions & Answers and a Program Summary can found be below.

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    Michael De Chiara-Zetlin & De Chiara LLP 

    Jeremy Butkovich - Shannon & Wilson, Steve DeSimone - DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Leo E. Argiris - Arup, and George Leventis - Langan. Panel in formation.

    A New Paradigm for Pre-Construction Engineering Analysis

    Recent events in both New York and San Francisco have highlighted a much under-appreciated but enormous risk caused by most large construction projects in dense urban environments.

    The effects of major construction projects on adjoining properties are not sufficiently understood. When the unanticipated problems occur they often result in significant damages, which can equal the entire cost of the new project.

    The proper analysis of these effects involve advanced geotechnical and structural analysis, often not undertaken in large complex projects.

    We will cite several well-known situations which could have been avoided if this new level of pre-construction analysis was undertaken.

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    Jaimee L. Nardiello, Partner, Panelist

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, will participate in a panel that will discuss Contract and Common Law Claims, Prosecution of Claims and Remedies. 

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    10:00-11:00 AM

    Tara Mulrooney, Partner

    Join Tara Mulrooney, Partner, as she participates in an interactive discussion with a panel of lawyers, architects and construction professionals as they explore ways to navigate the issues facing projects in the age of COVID-19.

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    James Terry, Partner and Timothy Hegarty, Partner

    How to Address the Impact on Development, Construction and Design: 

    Answers for the Construction Community

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    2:00-3:30 PM

    Michael Vardaro, Managing Partner

    Michael Vardaro, Zetlin & De Chiara's Managing Partner, provided insights on COVID-19 construction contract issues and overall business advice to senior-level Architecture and Engineering executives. He was a member of a panel of experts who shared their views in an interactive virtual roundtable format. The speakers provided practical and timely advice in an uncertain business environment.

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    Center for Architecture

    Paticia Harris, Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

    Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business

    Abner Larrieux, President, A.L. Consulting

    Nancy Goshow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Goshow Architects (Moderator)

    Puzzled by the process of applying for M/WBE certification? Wondering what you need to qualify? Don’t know where to start? Join the AIANY Women in Architecture and Diversity and Inclusion Committees for a panel discussion with experts from NYC agencies to answer these questions and clarify the certification process.

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    San Diego

    Michael J. Vardaro

    Michael Vardaro and fellow speakers: Elena Brescia-SCAPE; Gregg Garmisa-Studio Gang; and Stephen Whitehorn-Empowerment Whitehorn will provide an insider's guide to contracts.

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    8:30 - 10:00
    Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner 

    Michael Zetlin will discuss the potential legal challenges to the MTA's Rules of Debarment with the Construction Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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    Trepp LLC, 600 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, will participate in a panel discussion about leadership at the UCREW Program. The program, geared to undergraduate and graduate students, is an exceptional opportunity to meet with and learn from dynamic industry professionals who will share their hard-earned and honed real estate experience.

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    8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Ten Grand Street - Brooklyn, NY

    Michael Zetlin, Moderator 

    Matthew Baron - Simon Baron Development; Stephen Pruess - Cushman & Wakefield; Christopher Schlank - Savanna; Alan Suna - Silvercup Studios

    Michael S. Zetlin, Senior Partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, will moderate the Queens Panel at the Commercial Observer's 5th Annual Brooklyn, Queens Forum on October 31, 2019.

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    7:30-10:30 AM
    200 Liberty Street

    Jaimee Nardiello, Moderator

    Charles Bendit - Taconic Investment Partners; Joseph Moinian - The Moinian Group; Edward Shenderovich - Knotel 

    Jaimee Nardiello, Partner, moderated a panel that discussed the most important drivers in the office market in Lower Manhattan at Commercial Observer's 3rd Annual Downtown Forum. 2018 was a banner year in the Downtown market for commercial office leasing, and 2019 shows no change in this trend. Leasing activity continues to diversify and there is plenty of new supply coming to market. 

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    Monday, September 23

    Timothy Hegarty, Partner - Moderator

    Patricia Harris, Special Counsel - Moderator 

    Timothy Hegarty to moderate "State of Alternative Project Delivery Methods" panel on Monday

    Patricia Harris to moderate "Extending Your Firm's Geographic Footprint" panel on Monday 

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    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Center for Architecture

    Michael J. Vardaro - Managing Partner 

    Patricia A. Harris - Special Counsel & Founder and CEO of LicenseSure LLC 

    State laws and regulations affecting architectural practice are voluminous, conflict from state to state, and can impact fundamental aspects of doing business—including licensing, entity formation, marketing, branding and solicitations. For those unaware of or failing to heed the rules, these laws and regulations can result in disciplinary proceedings. This seminar will highlight specific areas where firms, often inadvertently, breach local laws or ethical rules, and will address when regulatory authorities are likely to look for violations. 

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    4:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    The American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR)

    Loryn Riggiola - Partner

    Aisha Nadar - Consultant, Advokatfirman Runeland AB, Board Member, FIDIC; Levi W. Barrett - Senior Counsel, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.; Albert Bates, Jr. - Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Kenneth W. Cobleigh, Esq. - Managing Director and Counsel, The American Institute of Architects

    Partner Loryn P. Riggiola spoke on the panel “Understanding the Dispute Management Provisions Pursuant to the FIDIC and Other Industry Form Contract Documents and their Application to Mega Projects – An International and Domestic Construction ADR Overview ” at the American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR).

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    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Michael Zetlin - Senior Partner

    Chengdong (C.D.) Xing

    Senior Partner Michael Zetlin along with associate Chengdong (C.D.) Xing presented on the MTA's New Debarment Rules for the Women Builders Council. 

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    NYS AIA Presidents’ Meeting on Department of Buildings’ Regulations and Disciplinary Proceedings

    Ray Mellon

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    7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Helmsley Building

    Michael Zetlin, Moderator

    Tommy Craig - Hines; Granit Cjonbalaj - The We Company; Stephen Meringoff - Himmel + Meringoff Properties; Darcy Stacom - New York City Capital Markets,

    At Commercial Observer’s Midtown Forum on June 12th, in a conversation moderated by Zetlin & De Chiara partner Michael Zetlin, panelists who’ve put their money on the line in the neighborhood discussed how they’re tackling the challenge of making some very young workers comfortable in some very old buildings.

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    08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    The Times Center

    Michael De Chiara, Moderator

    Joe Landolina - Cresilon; Brett Spector - Fesarius Thereapeutics, David McElligot, Petra Pharma; Anna Weber - Kallyope

    We invite you to the Second Annual NYC Builds Bio+ Real Estate Development Symposium to examine the progress and potential that New York City has for the life sciences. The Symposium is NYC Builds Bio+’s flagship event and was launched in 2018 as a catalyst for driving targeted life science initiatives in New York City. All proceeds from the Symposium will be dedicated to supporting NYC Builds Bio+, New York’s premier not-for-profit association connecting commercial life science opportunities to the City’s real estate development community.

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    7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    1221 Avenue of the Americas

    Michael Zetlin, Moderator

    Michael Goldban- Brookfield Properties Office Division; R. Webber Hudson - Related Urban; Michael O'Neil - L&L Holding Company; Dan Wenhold - Fifth Wall Ventures

    Omnichannel was the word of the year as retailers continued to seek the perfect balance between their physical and online presence. Veteran retailers veered toward smaller spaces as rents continue to escalate and in-store sales battle online competition. Bustling, once retail-deficient areas became surprisingly robust shopping destinations at the same time the city prepares to embrace brand new neighborhoods that will upend the retail conversation in New York. And in the midst of it all, the retail apocalypse that seemed to loom in 2017 has now slowed to a crawl, with significant new leases still dotting the retail landscape.

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