In April 2019, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) released its second set of new regulations on the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program. The additional guidelines aim to give light on the initial regulations released last 2018.

However, several open questions still remain, that investors and related practitioners must be continuously proactive in monitoring the latest regulatory trends and development. Understanding the latest updates and how these might affect their businesses also will help them maximize opportunities while mitigating potential risks and pitfalls.

In this LIVE Webcast, real estate lawyer Matthew Schiller (Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP) and tax lawyer Katie Roskam (Varnum) will provide the audience with a comprehensive analysis of the significant updates in the new IRS regulations on Qualified Opportunity Zones. As experts, they will also provide best practices to avoid risks and challenges surrounding this significant topic in light of the most up-to-date developments.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • An Overview of the Qualified Opportunity Funds
  • Recent Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • Practical Tips and Best Practices
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE); Group-Internet Based



General knowledge of tax laws


Course Code:



NASBA Field of Study:

Taxation - Technical


NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)

How to Claim CLE Credits Per State:

CLE State Requirements:

Speaker Panel:

Matthew J. Schiller, Partner
Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP

Matthew J. Schiller is a partner at the law firm Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP, based in Newark, New Jersey.  Mr. Schiller represents clients in a wide range of transactional and litigation matters throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Mr. Schiller’s transactional experience includes the acquisition, disposition, leasing and operation of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties, with a recent significant focus on properties located in Opportunity Zones. In addition, his practice includes seeking municipal and state land use approvals for commercial and residential developments, as well as the representation of clients in connection with foreclosure litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, prerogative writ actions, and breach of contract matters. He also represents special servicers in connection with loan workouts and modifications, REO sales, loan sales, and foreclosure actions.

Mr. Schiller is a fellow with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and serves as the Vice-Chair – Real Property of the Board of Consultors of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Mr. Schiller frequently serves as a moderator and lecturer for programming sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and numerous other organizations.

Mr. Schiller received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was the Associate Managing Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, and received his B.A. with honors from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), where he was the captain of Trinity’s varsity swimming team.

Katie Roskam, Partner

Katie Roskam is a partner in the Grand Rapids office of Varnum LLP, working with the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Teams. Katie focuses her practice on business tax, international tax, executive compensation, qualified plans, and international tariff and sanctions issues, and has experience working with businesses of all sizes from startups to mature, large companies, including partnerships, limited liability companies, private and publicly-held corporations, and individual taxpayers. She advises these businesses across a variety of areas including tax, business and employee benefits law.

Katie’s recent experience includes working with clients to analyze the benefits of investing capital gains in Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds, including assisting with the formation of a Qualified Opportunity Fund and the underlying partnership investment vehicle in order to take advantage of the tax benefit. Katie received her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her LLM in taxation from Northwestern University School of Law.


Matthew J. SchillerPartner

Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP


Katie RoskamPartner


  • An Overview of the Qualified Opportunity Funds
  • Recent Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • Practical Tips and Best Practices
  • What Lies Ahead

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


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Who Should Attend:

  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Lawyers
  • Investment Advisers
  • Investors
  • In-house Counsel


Matthew J. SchillerPartner
Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP
Katie RoskamPartner




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