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Who Should Hold the Bag for Employment Liabilities When the Portfolio Company Goes “Belly-Up”? The private equity firm, maybe.

In the world of private equity, vast sums of money are raised by private investors who pool their money into collective funds in order to acquire companies, i.e., a “portfolio company”, with the goal of eventually flipping...more

Recent Decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit May Have Significant Implications for Private Equity Funds

In late July of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a Massachusetts District Court, and in a decision of first impression, held that one of Sun Capital Partner’s private equity funds was liable...more

Decanting By Various Means

Decanting By Various Means by James F. McDonough, Jr. on October 8, 2013 Decanting is a popular topic among wealth advisers, trust companies, and tax professionals. In the wine industry, it means putting old wine into...more

IRS Releases New Regulations for Deductible Business Repairs

IRS Releases New Regulations for Deductible Business Repairs by Joseph M. Donegan on October 4, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service released a new set of guidelines governing tax-deductible business repairs, which may...more

Employer Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more

Analysts Skeptical About Kodak’s Future Post-Bankruptcy

Analysts Skeptical About Kodak’s Future Post-Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on September 13, 2013 Eastman Kodak Co. is expected to officially emerge from bankruptcy protection over the next few days, and once its...more

Private Equity Fund May Be Liable for Portfolio Company Withdrawal Liability

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that an investment fund managed by private equity firm Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. (“Sun...more

Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” Under ERISA

First Circuit holds that an investment fund may be responsible for controlled group pension liabilities of portfolio companies. On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a significant decision...more

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal by Joseph M. Donegan on August 28, 2013 Falling in line with the push for greater global collaboration to combat tax evasion, the United States and the Cayman Islands have reached a...more

Court Finds Private Equity Portfolio Company May Have Liability for Withdrawal by Another Portfolio Company

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently delivered a potentially far-reaching decision for the private equity industry. In a case which involved a typical private equity structure, Sun Capital Partners III, LP,...more

Private Equity Funds May Be on the Hook for the Pension Liabilities of Portfolio Companies

A recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit makes it more likely that private equity funds could be liable for the pension obligations of the portfolio companies in which they invest. Key to the decision...more

PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

Introduction - A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit increases the risk that a private equity fund could be liable for its portfolio company’s unfunded pension liabilities. Additionally,...more

Business Bankruptcies Continue to Decline

Business Bankruptcies Continue to Decline by Joel R. Glucksman on August 13, 2013 Americans have been inundated as of late with news relating to several high-profile business bankruptcies, suggesting that more...more

First Circuit: Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” and Subject to Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312 (July 24, 2013), a case of first impression at the Circuit Court...more

PE Fund Deemed a 'Trade or Business'—May Be Liable for Portfolio Companies' Pensions

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to hold that a private equity (“PE”) fund can be a “trade or business,” and thus potentially included in a “controlled group” with its...more

Private equity fund deemed a “trade or business” under ERISA, exposing it to federal liabilities

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and therefore, as a member of its...more

Is the First Circuit Egregiously Aggregating? Sun Capital Partners Case Holds That a Private Equity Fund Could Have ERISA...

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be of concern to private equity funds and other investment funds that acquire or invest in portfolio companies with...more

First Circuit: Private Equity Sponsor Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Underfunding

In a decision that could have significant implications for private equity investors, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has determined that a private equity fund may be liable under ERISA for an...more

First Circuit Holds Private Equity Fund May Be Liable For Portfolio Company’s Pension Liability

On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that two private equity funds managed by Sun Capital could be liable for their portfolio company’s withdrawal liability from a multiemployer pension plan (Sun...more

"First Circuit Holds That a Private Equity Fund May be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Obligations"

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund sponsored by Sun Capital Advisors constituted a “trade or business” for purposes of ERISA multiemployer pension withdrawal...more

First Circuit Holds Private Equity Fund Is a "Trade or Business" for Purposes of ERISA Withdrawal Liability

In a decision with far-reaching consequences for the private equity industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has adopted an expansive view of what constitutes a "trade or business" for purposes of determining...more

Company Owners Can Be Personally Responsible For Contributions To Multiemployer Plans

I have blogged in the past about the reach of obligations to multiemployer plans and how other businesses owned by a participating employer can be held responsible for withdrawal liability based upon the common ownership. If...more

District Court Limits the Collection of Withdrawal Liability Against Private Equity Funds

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund, 2012 WL 5197117 (D. Mass. Oct. 18, 2012), a federal district court in Massachusetts concluded that a private equity fund was not a...more

Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Priority for DIP Lenders in CCAA Proceedings

Overview - On February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) affirmed the priority granted to Debtor-In-Possession (“DIP”) lenders who provide capital to debtor companies undergoing the restructuring process...more

Hostess Does Not Liquidate, Set to Mediate With Union

Reports of Twinkie the Kid’s death have been exaggerated. Despite widespread mainstream media reports of Hostess’ impending liquidation, the court has not yet approved liquidation. To the contrary, on November 19, 2012, after...more

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