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Advising On Their Own: Financial Advisors’ Class Claims Defeated

Employers have a new tool for opposing conditional and class certification of overtime claims by financial advisors and other exempt employees—last week, a judge in the District of New Jersey denied conditional and class...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule and Potential Limitations On Investor Choice

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released the final version of its rule imposing a “best interest” fiduciary standard on financial professionals who provide retirement savings...more

New Rule Governing Retirement Advice Shakes Up Traditional Broker Compensation

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited and controversial fiduciary rule expanding the definition of who is a fiduciary when providing investment advice on retirement accounts. The rule aims...more

Locke Lord Article: The Best Interest Contract Exemption

In connection with publication of final regulations (the Rule) on the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended...more

DOL published Final Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued their final new Fiduciary Rule on Wednesday, April 6th that will have far reaching changes to the retirement plan industry. Aside from some paperwork, disclosure, and effective date...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.6.16

Talk about a regulation with teeth. Within days of the Treasury Department announcing new rules meant to discourage corporate tax inversion deals, Pfizer and Allergan announced they were scrapping their planned $152 billion...more

Always Be Watching

Who can forget Alec Baldwin’s speech in Glengarry Glenn Ross on how salesmen should “Always Be Closing” and how coffee is for closers only? It was the highpoint of a great movie. I’m not going to go through a discussion...more

You are not alone: The importance of assembling a team of divorce professionals to guide you through your divorce

Ending a marriage is never an easy process. It most likely will be emotionally draining, financially difficult and extremely stressful. It is important to know that you are not alone and there are countless professionals who...more

Advisors Advantage - April 2016

The Struggles Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider And How To Manage It. What you have to deal with. Being a retirement plan provider is like any other business in the sense that it has to be managed in a way...more

They will always try to sell Plan Sponsors something

When I was a kid, there were two varieties of Cheerios, one version of Listerine, and one type of Crest toothpaste. If you got to the supermarket these days, there are about a dozen varieties of Cheerios, more than a half...more

Part 2: Shelf Registration Extended Offering Period

Our first post in this series examined the regulatory and contractual considerations for municipal securities issuers and conduit borrowers using shelf registration. Now we examine the equally important considerations for...more

Beer and the Payroll Provider TPA

I’m a beer snob and I’m proud of it. I like the taste of beer and I’m not going to waste my time, money, and calories on a mass-produced inferior product like Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors, and Miller. I would rather drink...more

Plan Sponsors’ Short Term Focus on Funds

An MFS Defined Contribution Investment Trends Study found that nearly 6 in 10 retirement plan sponsors surveyed say they consider a track record of three years or less when selecting managers. Is that really a surprise?...more

Advisors Advantage - March 2016

What A Retirement Plan Financial Advisor Needs And Where To Get It. Stuff you need and where you can find it. A checklist is an informational aid that is used to reduce failure by compensating for the lack of...more

Licensed Financial Advisors Found to be Exempt from Overtime Laws by California Federal District Court

Financial institutions are often called upon to wrestle with the classification of employees as “non-exempt” (covered by overtime laws) and “exempt” (not covered by overtime laws). Licensed financial advisors and “registered...more

The Long Goodbye

I always believe that the retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It’s also a small world of industry where providers know providers nationwide. This belief has certainly helped my law firm practice grow...more

Experience can mean a lot of things

I always talk about how plan sponsors need to work with experienced financial advisors, third party administration (TPA) firms, and ERISA attorneys on their plan needs. Like with reasonable fees, I believe that the term...more

Financial Advisors Not Entitled To Overtime, California Court Confirms

In its February 16, 2017 decision in Tsyn v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Case No. 14-cv-02552-LB, the federal district court for the Northern District of California confirmed that licensed financial advisors qualified for the...more

It’s about relationships and patience: A Success Story

I always talk about my open door policy with financial advisors and third party advisors where I will help these plan providers out without me actively seeking their business. I kind of have that liberty because it’s my own...more

Before Your Han Solo Dies, Have a Business Estate Plan

In a Galaxy, Far Far Away, Han Solo ran a smuggling business with his good buddy Chewbacca in his ship, The Millennium Falcon. He would occasionally have a crew but they would always end up dying (I wouldn’t want to work for...more

The Big 401(k) Issue Many Don’t Focus On

The fixation and discussion about plan expenses usually flares up when the stock market isn’t doing well. Two major corrections within a 10-year period (2000-2010) made fee disclosure regulations inevitable.  With the way the...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

How to Hold a Family Meeting like the Royals

When I visited London in 2015 for the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, I was impressed with the influence that this ancient document still holds over modern day political and legal fields. Magna...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Earlier Rulings, Chancery Court Stakes Out New Positions"

Delaware courts tackled a number of issues of importance in 2015. The Delaware Supreme Court clarified prior inconsistent case law by reiterating that deference must be given to decisions made by disinterested directors. It...more

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