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Tax Trends in a Digital Economy (Update)

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Produced on December 05, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 31m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Banking Tax Science & Technology

Course Description

Join Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys K. Daniel Berman and David Shapiro as they discuss tax trends in a digital economy. They will explain what the digital economy is, how digital transactions are (or might be) characterized for tax purposes, current federal regulations, and emerging state and global trends.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discern what the digital economy is and understand what it encompasses
  2. Review and analyze current and newly proposed federal rules applicable to taxation of the digital economy
  3. Analyze emerging trends in taxation and enforcement in the US and internationally relating to the digital economy
  4. Identify trends in state taxation relating to the digital economy

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David Shapiro

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

David Shapiro is co-chair of the Tax, Compensation and Employee Benefits group of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, where he represents businesses and their owners in international and domestic tax planning. His practice includes entity formation and structure planning, securities offerings and hybrid financings, joint ventures, restructuring, and strategic acquisitions and dispositions. He also is an adjunct professor at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

David is a frequent speaker on tax matters to organizations such as New York University’s Institute on Federal Taxation, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association, and is a regular author of articles on tax matters. 

David is a member of the International, American, and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He is an officer of the Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association, a past Chair of the Committee on U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and Chair of the of the Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and is ranked in Chambers USA.

Mr. Shapiro holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeological studies from Yale University. An avid violinist, David is a long-time member of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

K. Daniel Berman

Saul Ewing

Daniel Berman is a tax lawyer who helps clients structure and negotiate tax-related provisions for a variety of transactions. His experience includes handling equity offerings, investment-grade and high-yield debt offerings, convertible debt offerings, and leveraged finance and bespoke derivative transactions. He drafts and reviews documentation and disclosures for these transactions and advises on tax consequences. Private equity funds also look to Daniel for assistance with tax-related provisions of partnership agreements, side-letter provisions and subscription booklets, as well as advice on structuring fund investments and related financing. When public and private companies merge, Daniel drafts, negotiates and reviews transaction documents, including stock purchase agreements and merger agreements. He also represents corporate clients in tax-related disputes.

Daniel was at the forefront of developing software that automates economic analysis of financial products and produces relevant tax documentation and SEC disclosures.

While in law school, Daniel served as an intern for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. 


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Alison C.

Great course.

Peter O.

First class presentation!

Richard C.

Sometimes ambiguous explanations of subject matter.

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Gregory P.

Incredibly valuable.

Egbert D.

Complex issues well explained clearly.

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