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It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think...more

Structuring Private Equity Deals in 2017: Considerations for Buyers While They Wait for the Sun Capital Appeals to Play Out

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund has been analyzed extensively over the past four years, as it has made its way from the US District Court for the District of...more

The Future of Investment Management Regulation: What to Expect in 2017

In this fast-changing regulatory environment, the long-term consequences – both intended and unintended – of recent White House actions remain uncertain, but looking into our crystal ball, we see certain trends emerging....more

Trump Administrations Agenda affects Wealth Management

There’s little doubt that President Trump will carry through on the many promises that he made during the campaign that affect individuals, investors and advisors in the Wealth Management Industry. Corporations, too, were...more

How a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Minimize Their Liability In 8 Easy Steps

Sponsoring and operating a 401(k) plan isn’t easy. A plan sponsor can’t just set up the plan and forget it. They need to constantly be on the watch because of the liability exposure they have as a plan sponsor. When plan...more

No Change By Trump: Fiduciary Regulations Still Effective in April

On February 3, 2017 President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of the DOL to determine whether new fiduciary regulations impair the public’s access to retirement information and financial advice. Please...more

"Trump’s Proposed Changes to Tax, Dodd-Frank, DOL Could Impact Executive Compensation"

President Donald Trump’s campaign proposals included changes to tax rates and a promise to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act. If enacted, these proposals could have a significant impact on the way businesses handle executive...more

President Issues Order Calling on the Department of Labor to Reconsider Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to re-examine the DOL’s final rule on who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under the Internal Revenue...more

Presidential Memo Directs Department Of Labor to Look At Conflict of Interest/Fiduciary Regulation Again

Many retirement plan sponsors, fiduciaries and retirement plan service providers and investment advisors have been waiting and hoping for a delay in the Conflict of Interest or Fiduciary (the “COI Package”) regulatory package...more

Concepts That Retirement Plan Advisors Shouldn’t Focus On

Being a financial advisor isn’t as easy as many people on the outside think. There are so many things you need to manage in terms of your practice and dealing with potential and current plan sponsor clients. There are so many...more

Rolling Over Target Equity Into A PE Fund: Part I

For many business owners, the final step of a successful career may be the sale of their business. At that point, the investment into which the owners have dedicated so much time, effort and money is liquidated, leaving them...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance—SEC Says Brokers Can Impose Their Own Commissions on Sales of “Clean” Fund Shares

On January 11, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) to Capital Research and Management Company in which the staff confirmed that the restrictions of Section 22(d) of the 1940 Act do not apply to a...more

Concepts You May Not Be Aware Of As A 401(k) Plan Sponsor

As a child, I was never taught the birds and the bees. I was actually handed some cartoon book from my parents when I was young. My parents thought it was hilarious that they had to hand me a book about where I came from even...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 1

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds SEC’s Backtesting Finding - In a 2016 case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a former investment adviser lost a petition to review and vacate the decision of an SEC...more

DOL Updates Guidance on Proxy Voting by Plan Fiduciaries

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) relating to the voting of proxies on securities held in employee benefit plans. IB 2016-1 withdraws the...more

New Guidance Restores 1994 ERISA Proxy Voting Interpretation

The DOL bulletin also clarifies the ability to consider ESG factors in proxy voting and shareholder engagement. On December 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (IB 2016-1),...more

How Keeping Good Records Can Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

Besides being a religious text, the Bible is essentially a history book detailing major religious events like the Exodus from Egypt. A history book is a record of events that can be passed down from generation to generation....more

As A 401(k) Sponsor, A Class Action Lawsuit Is The Least Of Your Legal Worries

Having been in my own practice for over 6 years, it’s a broken record hearing from 401(k) plan sponsors on how they have nothing to fear about being sued since their plans are small potatoes. The problem with that view is...more

In-House Perspective: Management and Boards Must Think Like Activist Investors

Management and boards aren’t usually considered activists, but when it comes to fighting for diversity in boards and leadership, many can actually learn from activist strategies....more

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule

When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings opportunity. So while people are predicting gloom and doom when discussing the Department of...more

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans

As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some “magic beans” and his mother is so angry, she throws the beans on the ground and a magic beanstalk grows overnight. When it comes to...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Fund Changes Intended to Simplify Compliance with the Department of Labor’s “Conflict of Interest” Rule

On December 15, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a Guidance Update titled, Mutual Fund Fee Structures. The Guidance focuses on disclosure issues and procedural requirements arising from (i) funds...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Fund Fee Structure Disclosures

In a Guidance Update published on December 15, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) articulated its views as to certain disclosure issues and...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

A Plan Sponsor Should Never Assume Their Providers Are Doing A Great Job

My wife and I have been in our house for over 11 years and it’s been one remodeling project after another. This is what happens when the previous owner did nothing for 20 years. We hired a general contractor to redo our...more

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