October 2014

Adam P. Handfinger, Partner in Peckar & Abramson's Miami office along with Alejandra Evans with Wells Fargo Insurance Services co-authored and an article titled "Managing Construction Risk through Commercial General Liability Insurance" published on-line on Thomson Reuters Practical Law Real Estate on September 27, 2014. The Practice Note focused on how commercial general liability (CGL) insurance is often used to manage risk on a construction project and how CGL policies can contain gaps in coverage or exclusions that may leave a con¬tractor or subcontractor without the anticipated protection. This Practice Note addresses com¬mon business risk exclusions in CGL policies and provides guidance on how all project partici¬pants can ensure they are properly covered.

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November 18th - Pre-Project Due Diligence and Contracting with Owners to Avoid Disputes and Increase Profitability
Location: Peckar & Abramson Miami Office, 1 S.E. 3rd Ave. Suite 3050, Miami Florida 33131

Peckar & Abramson is pleased to announce that it's Miami office will host a Peer Conference titled: “Pre-Project Due Diligence and Contracting with Owners to Avoid Disputes and Increase Profitability”. The conference will be held on November 18, 2014 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, in our Miami office conference center. Gary M. Stein, Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson's Miami office and Adam P. Handfinger, Partner in Peckar & Abramson's Miami office will discuss actions to take and contract provisions to negotiate to avoid disputes and effectively deal with those issues that cannot be avoided. In addition, they will identify and discuss new issues that arise in the negotiation and management of general contractor's relationships with Owners.

Gary M. Stein
Adam P. Handfinger

Frank M. Rapoport, authored an article titled “Project Partners: There are Multiple Keys to a Successful P3” that appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Construction Today magazine in the Construction Options section. Public-Private Partnerships are playing an increasingly crucial role in the new construction and renovation of public infrastructure projects nationwide. The article focused on how many of our country's much needed public utilities— such as courthouses, bridges, train stations, and highways— can be made available for public use sooner, at a reduced life-cycle cost, and in much better condition through P3 procurement. Mr. Rapoport also mentioned that P3s represent opportunities to restore and rebuild America’s infrastructure, presenting ready opportunities for economic development and sustainable, long-term job growth.

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October 21st - Joint Ventures in Construction
Location: Virtual Seminar

Adrian L. Bastianelli, III, Paul G. Monte and Michael C. Zisa will be presenting to the National Association of Surety Bond Producers in a virtual seminar entitled "Joint Ventures in Construction" on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00p.m. The presentation will address the critical issues that surety bond producers must understand about Joint Ventures (JV) including formation issues, types, JV's vs. teaming agreements, structure, ownership, capitalization, profits, management, equipment and manpower, subcontracting, defaults, withdrawal or dissolution, insurance and bonding and dispute resolution. The presentation will also address special JV issues related to surety bonds, minority businesses, design-build contract and Public Private ventures.
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Adrian L. Bastianelli, III
Paul G. Monte
Michael C. Zisa


October 28th - International Arbitration Options for Global Commercial Transactions
Location: Bogota, Colombia

Jerry P. Brodsky will be a presenter at the Third International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) & Chamber of Commerce Bogota (CCB) Joint International Arbitration and Mediation Conference: International Arbitration Options for Global Commercial Transactions on October 28, 2014 in Bogota, Colombia. This year's focus will be on international construction and infrastructure dispute resolution processes. Additional panels will discuss the risks and challenges facing international arbitration users, providing practical advice on how to avoid potential problems to enhance the probability of a successful resolution of international disputes. The ICDR, the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the CCB bring together international arbitration and mediation experts to explore the latest developments and conflict-management options for today's complex global commercial transactions.

Jerry P. Brodsky