The following article is adapted and reprinted from the M&A Tax Report, Vol. 9, No. 5, December 2000, Panel Publishers, New York, NY.


By Robert W. Wood

On October 4-6 in Los Angeles and October 30-November 1 in New York City, PLI held its now hallmark seminar with the unwieldy manuals and the equally unwieldy name: Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2000." Despite the awkward name, this has come to be one of the best organized, best empaneled and most well-documented seminars around.

The speaker list truly reads like a who's who of the M&A business. The manual materials alone are worth the price of admission, since they include not only the outlines from all of the speakers, but also extra material that is solicited from a variety of sources to make the set even more valuable. If there simply isn't time to cover some topics and include some speakers over the course of the few-day seminar, the organizers (and long-time chairman Lou Freeman of Skadden Arps' Chicago office) simply get extra coverage in the manuals. That way you can plow through this valuable material on your own.

Anyone who has been to this seminar knows that toting the multi-volume PLI manuals around could be a problem. Not to worry. PLI thoughtfully sends the manuals to you so you don't have to carry them with you on the plane. Since there are now 16 volumes, each one three or four inches thick, there is a cornucopia of material to peruse.

Anyone seeing the size of PLI's attendance list (they do need a BIG room!), will know instantly that the M&A business is not dead.

PLI's Massive M&A Seminar Held, Vol. 9, No. 5, M&A Tax Report (December 2000), p. 4.