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DOL Casts Vote Against Previous Proxy Rules Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”), on December 29, 2016, issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") regarding the duties of fiduciaries under...more

Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the...more

DOL “Investment Advice” FAQs: Considerations for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers and Insurance Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued in April 2016 the final version of its controversial “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, Final Rules), which are widely expected to have a...more

The DOL Issues “Investment Advice” FAQs – Continues to Try to Find an Ideal Balance for the Brave New Fiduciary World

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released its first set of FAQs (the “FAQs”) regarding the DOL’s recently finalized “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, the “Final Rules”) on...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Evolving DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution and...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its “fiduciary investment advice” regulation (Final Rule) on April 6, 2016, following a lengthy proposal and re-proposal process. Although the Final Rule reflects...more

The New DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the final version of its “investment advice” regulation (Final Rule), which is widely expected to impact significantly the financial services industry, including registered investment...more

More Egregious Aggregation Under ERISA in the Sun Capital Partners Case? The District Court Goes Down Yet Another Road

The recent opinion by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be troubling to private equity funds and...more

The Brave New Fiduciary World Has Arrived – The DOL Tries to Find a More Ideal Balance in the Final “Investment Advice” Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 6, 2016 released the final version of its “investment advice” regulation and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions, a highly-anticipated milestone that is the...more

The Brave New Fiduciary World Has Arrived - Has the Department of Labor Found a More Ideal Balance?

For the past several years, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) has been in the process of revising the “investment advice” regulations that govern “fiduciary” status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of...more

Some Limited Trouble with Tibble? Part II –Supreme Court Decides Excessive-Fee Case Involving 401(k) Plan

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided the case of Tibble v. Edison International. In Tibble, the Court held that the statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

The DOL Seeks an Ideal Balance in a Brave New World of “Investment Advice” Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 14, 2015 issued the long-awaited re-proposal (the “2015 Proposed Regulations”) of the regulations defining “investment advice” in connection with the “fiduciary” rules under...more

U.S. Department of Labor Grace-fully Extends Disclosure Deadline by Two Months for Participant-Directed Retirement Plans

The United States Department of Labor (the “DOL”) announced on March 18, 2015, a “direct” final rule (the “Final Rule”) extending the time in which annual disclosures must be provided by fiduciaries of participant-directed...more

Department of Labor Opens the Door to Questioning Brokerage Windows Under 401(k) Plans

A request for information ("RFI") by the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") was published on August 21, 2014 regarding the use of so-called "brokerage windows" under retirement plans, such as many Section 401(k) plans, that...more

Lawsuit Regarding Computer-Generated Advice to 401(k) Participants Revs Up Against Financial Engines

Last week, in a complaint dated August 8, 2014, plaintiffs commenced a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. asserting a...more

Let Their Summary Be Your Guide - U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Fee-Disclosure Guide Requirements Under ERISA

Section 408(b)(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") provides an exemption from the “prohibited transaction” provisions of ERISA for certain compensation arrangements with employee benefit plans....more

3/26/2014  /  Disclosure Requirements , DOL , ERISA , Fees

Maybe Not Such a Bad Actor – Department of Labor Clarifies Anti-Criminal Rule Under ERISA Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “Department”) on November 1, 2013 issued Advisory Opinion 2013-05A (the “Opinion”) concerning the application of certain anti-criminal provisions under the Employee Retirement Income Security...more

11/11/2013  /  Convictions , DOL , ERISA , QPAM

Sharing the Wealth – Department of Labor Clarifies Treatment of Revenue Sharing Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) recently issued Advisory Opinion 2013-03A (the “Opinion”), which addresses implications under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) surrounding certain...more

7/15/2013  /  401k , DOL , ERISA , Revenue Sharing

401(k) Plans—Potential Commodity Pool Issues in the United States

Under the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), certain collective investment vehicles and other entities that, directly or indirectly, invest in “commodity interests” may be “commodity pools” whose...more

Swapping Uncertainty for Clarity – U.S. Department of Labor Issues ERISA Opinion on Swaps

Much of the investment capital in the U.S. market is in retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). Over the years, an important element of a number of plans’ investment...more

2/15/2013  /  Derivatives , Dodd-Frank , DOL , ERISA , Fiduciary Duty , QPAM , Swaps

Department of Labor Clarifies Interpretation of “Related” Under the QPAM Exemption

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) recently issued an information letter, dated November 9, 2012 (the “Information Letter”), in which it confirms that, for all purposes of determining what parties are “related” to a...more

11/30/2012  /  Asset Management , DOL , ERISA
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