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Learn how the Texas sales and use tax rules apply to all aspects of residential and commercial construction work, including new construction and remodeling. Understand what’s taxable and how contract pricing dictates when and from whom the tax is due, and hear audit strategies and forum choices for challenging audit assessments. more »
Hear an update on the status of several pending transmission projects in Texas: Southern Cross, Far West Texas Project, Lubbock Power & Light Grid Switch, and Sharyland’s South Plains Transmission Project. more »
Corporates and industrials (C&I) are now major purchasers of green energy. According to Bloomberg, C&Is and wind companies signed 20 deals in 2015 with a total of 2.3 GW. By August 2016, 9 deals for 630 MW had been signed—with many more reported to be under negotiation. Explore the future of C&Is as a major class of buyer. Will the trend continue? What could stop it? What’s the prognosis for utility-scale solar C&I deals? What new markets (geographically) are C&Is interested in? What are the key contractual and financial terms that C&Is and developers have to resolve to get to a deal and to get projects financed and built? more »
Session 1: Utility Scale Solar Leases and Related Documents - Legal Considerations for Landowners and Developers - Focus on issues encountered when drafting and negotiating utility scale solar leases and related land control documents. Hear both developer and landowner viewpoints on common clauses and issues such as lease financeability, mineral development, and compensation arrangements; and explore ancillary documents such as options, surface waivers, and transmission line easements.
Session 2: “Boilerplate” Clauses in Wind Lease Agreements - What lawyers should know about common “boilerplate” clauses in wind lease agreements including insurance provisions, indemnity provisions, lender protections, estoppel clauses, and assignment clauses. more »
Discuss the variances across state lines in title insurance practice and surveys for renewable energy projects, from available risk mitigation endorsements to pricing. Learn the differences in title risks and concerns in utility scale wind projects versus solar projects. more »
Review the general case law that addresses employer liability for independent contractor injury under the common law and under the Texas Owner’s Liability Act (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Chap. 95). Particular attention is paid to two cases that are now in front of the Texas Supreme Court, Joeris and Torres. more »
THIS MONTH: From Parties to Presidents: Dealing With Decision-Maker Commentary • Employer Liability for Independent Contractor Injury • Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Instensifiers is Literally a Crime • The Energy-Water Nexus • Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement • Impaired Attorneys and Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program more »
Session 1: A Checklist for Commercial Loans - Examine lender requirements for closing a commercial real estate loan transaction, highlighting issues and pitfalls that can surface and derail almost any closing.
Session 2: Construction Loans and Contractor Documents - Hear a contractor’s perspective on lender’s consent and assignment forms.
Session 3: Land Use Law in the Loan Process: Issue Spotting and Resolution - Explore land use due diligence for a loan and alternatives to keep the loan proceeding to closing, with insight into both public land use (zoning, platting, permitting, and development agreements) and private land use (deed restrictions, easements, and reciprocal agreements). more »
Session 1: Retail Resuscitation: Environmental Challenges for Reanimation - Whether you think retail is dying or not, there are plenty of examples of shuttered malls and other retail outlets. Listen to a quick overview of successful redevelopments and come away with an outline of environmental issues and solutions that might be involved in your next project.
Session 2: Deconstruction and Reconstruction: New Life For A Dead Mall - Developing and operating a large retail shopping mall, with several separately-owned anchor stores, requires carefully drafted and coordinated covenants, restrictions, access easements, joint parking agreements, operating agreements, ground leases, and other real estate interests. But what happens when this use of the property becomes obsolete and there are new redevelopment opportunities? Using a case study, examine what has to be done to deconstruct the complex set of property rights and interests and create new redevelopment opportunities. more »
Session 1: Recourse Carve-Out Liability - A discussion of the purpose and form of the typical recourse carve-out, possible negotiated changes to those carve-outs, and the effect of recent case law, plus an analysis of the practical and ethical issues in representing a borrower and guarantor once the loan goes into default.
Session 2: Update on Construction Completion Guaranties
Session 3: Master Leases: A Guaranty Substitute or the Gift that Keeps on Taking? - Real estate parent companies occasionally give a master lease instead of a guaranty without considering the economic and legal repercussions associated with master leases. This presentation addresses some of the issues arising from this type of “credit support.”