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Federal Regulator Issues Proposed Rule Aimed at Incentive Compensation Policies of Banking Organizations

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (collectively, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,...more

New Regulations Squash Planning Tool for Avoiding Self-Employment Tax and Related Employee Benefit Issues

Tax practitioners often face this issue: client is a limited liability company taxed as a partnership for federal income tax purposes (“LLC”), and it wants to issue equity to a current employee (“Individual”) without...more

Success Is Not Always Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley – Episode 19)

HBO’s Silicon Valley is back, but Richard is still out as Pied Piper’s CEO. To recap how we got here: in the closing moments of last season, the Pied Piper team triumphed by successfully livestreaming its condor cam video...more

New Jersey Issues Guidance on BEIP Grant Conversion

This month the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (the Authority) provided businesses with guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, on how to elect to have their unpaid Business Employment Incentive Program...more

Surviving the Strife: How Start-Up Founders Can Ensure That Inevitable Friction and Departures Won't Sink the Company

History is all too often repeated when start-up founders fail to plan for when (not if) they don’t see eye-to-eye. Relationship breakdowns and messy founder departures are common root causes of start-up failures. Common...more

Has your business appointed a whistleblowers' champion?

If your firm is a UK deposit-taker with assets greater than £250 million, a Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) designated investment firm or a firm within the scope of Solvency II, you should have appointed a...more

M&A and 401(k): A Cautionary Tale

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are transactions in which the ownership of companies, other business organizations or their operating units are transferred or combined. It was also the name of a really boring class I took at...more

Yes, Attorneys Too Can Blow the Whistle: But When and How Hard?

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Agency”), an attorney – or any individual, for that matter – should not have to first report misconduct to the SEC to fall under the protections...more

The New FCA Whistleblower Rules: What You Need to Know

In October 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), published new rules in relation to whistleblowing channels in banks and other financial institutions to encourage a...more

District Court Holds Private Equity Funds Jointly Liable for Portfolio Company's ERISA Withdrawal Liability

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled on March 28, 2016 that two private equity funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of their jointly-owned...more

Sun Capital Decision Implicates Private Company Investing

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (the District Court) delivered a controversial opinion in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund...more

Practical Advice for the Business Owner - Avoiding common mistakes when making incentive compensation grants to employees

Incentive compensation (e.g., stock options, restricted stock, bonus plans, phantom stock, stock appreciation rights, etc.) can be a very useful tool for aligning the incentives of employees and shareholders, as well as a...more

Are Concerns About the UK’s New Whistleblower Rules Misplaced?

In early April, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have...more

How a Retirement Plan Sponsor Can Avoid Being a Patsy

I always say that you should never be a spectator in your own life; you need to be an active participant in shaping your own life. Too often, a retirement plan sponsor acts like a spectator when the plan sponsor neglects...more

DOL issues final fiduciary rule and related exemptions

The final DOL fiduciary regulation (the Final Rule) and other guidance published by the DOL on April 8 will have a significant effect on those who provide investment advice and sell investment products and services to...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

Private Equity Fund Sponsors' Risk for ERISA Unfunded Pension Liability Grows

On March 28, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), two private equity funds (1) were engaged in a trade or business, and (2) had...more

The New Fiduciary Rule: What It Means To Plan Sponsors

If you’re a retirement plan sponsor and, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) attempt to change the definition of fiduciary. What you probably don’t know is how...more

Asset Finance & Leasing Newsletter

New GAP Insurance Rules - The FCA published new rules in June governing the sale of addon Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance. The rules came into force on 1 September 2015 and apply to commercial customers as well...more

DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Duty Rule

Today, the US Department of Labor released the final fiduciary duty rule.  The DOL has posted the rule text and the text of the exemptions on its site.  Here are links directly to the text of the rules and exemptions...more

Courts Strike Down Church Plan Exemptions for Church-Affiliated Organizations

Until recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and federal courts seemed to agree that a retirement plan established and maintained by a church-affiliated organization generally qualified...more

Private Equity Funds Held Liable for Pension Obligations of a Portfolio Company

District Court: Two Affiliated Funds Formed “Partnership-in-Fact” and Have Controlled Group Liability for Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities - In a closely watched case (the “Sun Capital” case), the U.S. District...more

Sun Capital Partners on Remand: District Court Rules that Related Funds Formed a Partnership-in-Fact Engaged in a Trade or...

In a recent decision with important implications for private equity funds and their sponsors (Sun Capital Partners v. New England Teamsters), the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts concluded that two...more

July 11 Deadline to Convert Unpaid N.J. BEIP Grant to Tax Credits

Under New Jersey’s Business Employment Incentive Program, approved businesses that created jobs in New Jersey were awarded annual cash grants. Nearly 500 businesses were awarded grants valued at $1.6 billion. Unfortunately,...more

ERISA Employer Stock-Drop Cases: Clarifying the Standard Post-Dudenhoeffer

A class of current and former employees of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JPMorgan”) alleged that JPMorgan breached its duty of prudence under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) by exposing the participants in its...more

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