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Bay Area Real Estate in a Hybrid World - 2022 and Beyond

Presented annually by Nixon Peabody and the Association of Asian American Bankers
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: Noon–1:00 p.m. PST | Panel discussion
          1:00–1:30 p.m. PST | Virtual networking in breakout rooms


Presented annually by Nixon Peabody and the Association of Asian American Bankers

Last year, we hoped to have a pretty good understanding of the future of Ba Area real estate by the end of 2021. However, many offices remain lightly staffed, retail and restaurants shops still are shuttered, and hotels are just getting back to moderate occupancy. Yet, we are seeing some sectors and geographies rebounding and even booming. What should we make of these diverse trends?

Our panel of experts will once again make everything clearer—so that you can take advantages of the opportunities in the year to come.

To respond to this invitation, please send your name and contact phone number to the Association of Asian American Bankers at events@aaabankers.org.


Catherine House, Senior Vice President, SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors
Catherine House
SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Michael Jakimzak, CPA, MST, Partner at Baker Tilly, Real Estate & Hospitality Practice
Michael Jakimzak
Baker Tilly

David Joves, President, TASI Bank, a division of the Bank of Guam
David Joves

David Kaufman, Director of Global Strategies, Nixon Peabody LLP
David Kaufman (Moderator)
Nixon Peabody

Ian O’Banion, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP
Ian O’Banion
Nixon Peabody

Riaz Taplin, Founder and CEO, Riaz Capital
Riaz Taplin
Riaz Capital


Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Noon–1:00 p.m. PST | Panel discussion
1:00–1:30 p.m. PST | Virtual networking in breakout rooms

ZOOM Panel
Access instructions e-mailed upon registration.

Presented with

Association of Asian American Bankers


For more information, contact David Kaufman at +1 415.984.8241 or dkaufman@nixonpeabody.com.


Cannabis, Banking and Marijuana Related Businesses (MRBs)

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12pm

Speaker: Mr. Barak Cohen of the law offices of Perkins Coie
The Association of Asian American Bankers (AAAB) is excited to invite you to another lunchtime, this time featuring Mr. Barak Cohen of the law offices of Perkins Coie who will be speaking on the subject of Cannabis, Banking and Marijuana Related Businesses (MRBs). In spite of the fact that more and more states have legalized marijuana use, Federal law continues to make it illegal to possess, distribute or sell it. But does this mean Bank’s cannot bank MRBs? Or can a Bank lend on properties where MRBs might be a tenant? Mr. Cohen will attempt to answer these questions and identify the legal, operational and regulatory risks for banks as they pertain to this type of business and how the risks might be mitigated.
Please RSVP with Stella Kong at: skong@met.bank. Please provide your name, email and work telephone number and she will reply to you with a Zoom invitation.

About Mr. Barak Cohen

Mr. Barak Cohen

Barak Cohen is a partner at Perkins Coie and chair of its firmwide Cannabis industry group. He has significant investigation, due diligence, and compliance experience helping national and international companies involved in the cannabis industry (including marijuana, CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), and hemp products and services), such as food-and-beverage companies, investment banks, financial payment processors, and dispensaries, among others. This includes providing compliance, due diligence, and investigations services relating to FDA and state labelling, advertising/marketing, and licensing, as well as other enforcement and regulatory concerns. Barak identified the growth potential in the cannabis industry at an early stage, and has become a go-to attorney for companies in the industry. Barak is vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Cannabis Law and Policy, a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Cannabis Council (USCC), a former member of the National Cannabis Industry’s Policy Council, and the editor of the American Bar Association’s treatise on cannabis law, Cannabis Law: A Primer on Federal and State Law Regarding Marijuana, Hemp, and CBD, a first-of-its-kind publication.

Mailing Address

AAAB PO Box 2703 San Fransisco, CA 94126-2703