• What We’re Reading, Watching, and Listening To: March 2024

    A roundup of news and multimedia from the Unfamiliar Terrain team:

    San Francisco

    San Francisco’s Montgomery Street Could Signal a Downtown Revival (NY Times): Why a seven-block stretch of Montgomery Street, from the Transamerica Pyramid to Market Street, offers hope for recovery in the City.

    Why TMG Partners Co-CEO Matt Field is still betting on San Francisco (Business Journals): Insight into Matt’s life and work, and how he’s thinking about the City’s downtown recovery.

    What I Found in San Francisco (The Atlantic): Exploring the daily realities of San Francisco.

    Everything Is About the Housing Market (The Atlantic): Discussing how high rents make life worse for everyone in countless ways.

    California and Beyond

    Billionaire-Built Cities Would Be Better Than Nothing (NY Times): Exploring why the Bay Area needs a lot more housing, and how privately built cities could help get us there.

    Structured for Success: Reforming housing governance in California and the Bay Area (SPUR): Explaining how California’s current housing governance system works, detailing the challenges of the existing system, and offering recommendations to improve it so that California can produce sufficient housing.

    Los Angeles’ one weird trick to build affordable housing at no public cost (CalMatters): How Los Angeles is now approving hundreds of unsubsidized, 100% affordable projects.

    New York Reimagined Subsidized Housing. What Happened? (NY Times): Analyzing the impact of one South Bronx subsidized housing development a decade after it opened.

    Cities Face Cutbacks as Commercial Real Estate Prices Tumble (NY Times): Lost tax revenue fuels concerns about the far-reaching economic consequences for cities.

    The Surprising Left-Right Alliance That Wants More Apartments in Suburbs (NY Times): Legislators from both sides of the political divide are working to add duplexes and apartments to single-family neighborhoods.

    In Tokyo, Rescuing the Residential Spaceship That Fell to Earth (NY Times): Fifty years ago, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was hailed as a marvel of organic architecture. Now its legacy lives on through 23 orphaned capsules.

    How Does Paris Stay Paris? By Pouring Billions Into Public Housing (NY Times): One quarter of residents in the French capital live in government-owned housing, part of an aggressive plan to keep lower-income Parisians — and their businesses — in the city.

    Categories: Blogs
  • It’s Showtime! Exploring Opportunities in the Entertainment, Hospitality/Tourism, and Alcohol Sectors

    On Thursday, May 2, Coblentz partner Brandi Brown will be a panelist during the “It’s Showtime! Exploring Opportunities in the Entertainment, Hospitality/Tourism, and Alcohol Sectors” panel at the upcoming TAG Alliances® Spring 2024 International Conference in Nashville.  Brandi and her co-panelists will explore the intersection of the entertainment, hospitality and the alcohol beverage industries in advertising and marketing and the latest trends in joint promotional deals and alcohol beverage M&A. Coblentz is the Northern California law firm representative to TAGLaw and more details on the conference are available here.

    Categories: Events
  • Coblentz is the Proud Host of INTA’s 2024 Pre-Annual Meeting Reception in San Francisco

    Coblentz is the proud host of INTA’s 2024 Pre-Annual Meeting Reception in San Francisco on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Attorneys, colleagues, and prospective members are welcome to connect and learn more about this year’s educational program, business development opportunities, and the benefits of becoming an International Trade Association (INTA) member.

    Why you should attend:

    • Catch up and network with colleagues and professionals with common interests
    • Meet the Coblentz team
    • Enjoy Soul Food with us!

    Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

    Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

    Location: One Montgomery Street, Suite 3000 (Building entrance can be found at 120 Kearny Street)

    Registration: Register here 

    Categories: Events
  • Coblentz is the Proud Host of UC Law SF’s Alumni and Newly Admitted Student Reception

    Coblentz is the proud host of UC Law SF’s Alumni and Newly Admitted Student Reception on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Join UC Law SF Chancellor and Dean David Faigman, Admissions team members, and UC Law SF alumni for a reception hosted by Coblentz partner Phil Feldman (Class of 1983). Coblentz attorney Maggie Cardasis (Class of 2018) will provide opening remarks.

    Categories: Events
  • Coblentz Strengthens Tax Practice with the Addition of New Partner Jacob Lager

    San Francisco (March 11, 2024) – San Francisco-based law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP is pleased to welcome Jacob Lager to the firm’s partnership.

    Jacob joins the firm’s tax practice and has significant experience advising privately held businesses, individuals, and trusts on a variety of domestic and international taxation matters. He structures business transactions and advises domestic and cross-border clients on tax implications related to real estate joint ventures, like-kind exchanges, corporate mergers, asset acquisitions, spin-offs, and debt exchanges. Jacob also advises clients on the creation and operations of tax-preferred entities such as partnerships, S corporations, disregarded limited liability companies, REITS, and tax-exempt charitable organizations. He advises on the tax consequences of capital events and exits, including corporate dissolutions, partnership and corporate redemptions and reorganizations, asset purchases, mergers, buy-outs, transition agreements, and intrafamily succession planning.

    Jacob also maintains an active tax controversy practice, advising clients at all stages of federal, state, and local tax audits, appeals, and court actions. He regularly defends clients in income tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board, employment tax disputes with the Employment Development Department, sales and use tax disputes with the Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and property and transfer tax matters with county assessors throughout California.

    In addition to his significant domestic tax experience, Jacob also advises clients on cross-border tax matters, including the U.S. treatment of domestically held foreign interests. He advises clients on tax withholding obligations related to inbound and outbound transfers and how applicable Tax Treaties mitigate such tax results. Jacob also advises non-U.S. clients in making tax-efficient U.S. investments.

    “I am thrilled that Jacob has joined Coblentz. His depth and breadth of experience advising on domestic and international taxation matters rounds out our tax and corporate practices,” said Sara Finigan, Managing Partner of Coblentz. “He is a fantastic addition to our team.”

    “From the first I have been profoundly impressed by the extraordinary talent here at Coblentz,” said Jacob Lager. “I could not pass up the opportunity to join and help steer the group of exceptionally gifted tax lawyers we have here. I eagerly anticipate the great strides our group will make as we establish ourselves as the premier tax leaders throughout California.”

    Jacob joins Coblentz’s Tax practice from Saul Ewing LLP. Jacob’s arrival comes on the heels of Frank Busch, Jennifer Scharre, and Nick Gerlach joining the partnership – who together strengthen Coblentz’s litigation, family wealth, and tax capabilities.

    Categories: News
  • Dan Gershwin Named Top 10 Author by JD Supra’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards

    Coblentz real estate and land use partner Dan Gershwin was recognized as one of the top 10 real estate authors by JD Supra’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards.

    Dan was selected from a pool of over 3,250 writers covering real estate matters on JD Supra during 2023. The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors and firms who were read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform during 2023.

    Dan is a contributing author of Coblentz’s Unfamiliar Terrain blog, which provides insights into the complex Bay Area land use landscape and dynamic regulatory environment. Subscribe to Unfamiliar Terrain to receive updates on land use and real estate-related topics.

    Categories: News