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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

Investment Plus Partnership-in-Fact = Withdrawal Liability

by Bryan Cave on

Previously, we wrote about the First Circuit decision that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under ERISA as amended by the Multeimployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (“MPPAA”). That dry description is...more

Current Structuring May Not Shield Private Equity Firms from ERISA Liabilities

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that two private equity funds within Sun Capital were jointly and severally liable under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974,...more

Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability Imposed on Investor Private Equity Funds

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The latest decision in the series of Sun Capital cases was released on March 28, 2016, by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Indus....more

Casting a Wider Net: Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for ERISA Withdrawal Liability

On March 28, 2016, a district court in Massachusetts found two private equity funds (under the Sun Capital Partners, Inc. umbrella) jointly and severally liable for withdrawal liability imposed on one of its underlying...more

Massachusetts Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Obligations

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a decision that will have significant repercussions for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has found a private equity sponsor liable...more

Sun Capital: Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

District Court finds affiliated funds acted in de facto partnership which controlled portfolio company; Decision may be significant in making private equity acquisition structuring choices. On March 28, 2016, a Federal...more

More Worries For Private Equity Funds - Another Structuring Fix Against ERISA Withdrawal Liability Dismantled

by Locke Lord LLP on

In a landmark benefits decision, a Federal District Court in Massachusetts held that separate private equity funds sharing a general partner are jointly and severally liable under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

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