Prohibited Transactions

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Legal Alert: 2016 Year in Review

In 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued a curtailed program of interpretive guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). As has been the case for several years, the...more

Department of Labor Releases the First of Three Sets of FAQs on the Fiduciary Rule and Exemptions

The April 10, 2017, compliance date for the United Stated Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) is approaching quickly; even while the Fiduciary Rule’s fate under the new Trump administration...more

TCB on the BIC: DOL Issues Guidance on Application of the Fiduciary Rule’s New Best Interest Contract Prohibited Transaction...

On October 27, the DOL published guidance on the new prohibited transaction exemptions (“PTEs”) issued under the DOL’s rule redefining “fiduciary” in the context of providing investment advice (See “Guidance,” here). Intended...more

The DOL Issues “Investment Advice” FAQs – Continues to Try to Find an Ideal Balance for the Brave New Fiduciary World

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released its first set of FAQs (the “FAQs”) regarding the DOL’s recently finalized “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, the “Final Rules”) on...more

"Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Conflicts of Interest Rule"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on the Conflicts of Interest Rule it released earlier this year. The guidance, issued on October 27, 2016, is in the form of answers to frequently asked questions, which...more

Labor Department Issues FAQs Explaining Aspects of the 2016 Final Fiduciary Rule

In April of this year, the Department of Labor issued a suite of rules (i) expanding the class of persons and entities who are fiduciaries for purposes of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code; (ii) providing two new prohibited...more

The Final Rule: DOL Releases First FAQs Related to New Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released 34 FAQs providing additional guidance related to its final rule expanding the definition of an investment advice fiduciary (the Final Rule) for purposes of the Employee Retirement...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Improper Valuation

Sometimes it can be difficult to do the right thing. For example, in the SEC’s latest case involving an investment adviser, a valuation error was discovered. A correction was made. The investors were compensated. The adviser,...more

Prohibited Transactions for Retirement Plans

A recent case reminds us that people need to be careful when dealing with their retirement plans, particularly if those accounts are used as investment vehicles to fund business activities relating to the plan participant or...more

Broker-Lite: FINRA Built It, But Will They Come?

On August 18, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rule series intended as a “lite” framework for the registration and regulation of brokers that...more

Navigating the DOL’s New Fiduciary Rules: A Game Plan for Broker-Dealers

This OnPoint focuses on the new and amended fiduciary investment advice regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (Final Rules), from the perspective of...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: Amendments to Prohibited Transaction...

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our previous posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary”; the...more

Life and Annuity Series: Class Certified in an ERISA “Unreasonable Compensation” Case

The Colorado federal court concluded last summer, in Teets v. Great-West Life & Ann. Ins. Co., that an insurer could be subject to ERISA liability for receiving unreasonable compensation in connection with a stable value...more

Fifth Circuit Decision Includes Important Holdings for ESOP Fiduciaries

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed on May 3, 2016, the holdings of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on numerous issues involving the sale of closely held stock from a...more

The Depart of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The New Fiduciary Standard

With this post, we begin our substantive explanation of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. For the financial services industry, and for the retirement plans and IRAs,...more

Your IRA is NOT a Bank. Borrowing From Your IRA May Have Serious Tax Consequences

The U.S. Tax Court issued a Decision in Thiessen v. Commissioner that may have effect on many small business owners who have used their IRA's for financing purposes. In Thiessen, the taxpayers were found to have engaged in a...more

Beware of sending gifts to Plan Sponsors

I have been a New York Giants football since the days of Ray Perkins, Brad Van Pelt, and Joe Danelo. 4 Super Bowl victories have been far more rewarding than my time as a Mets fan. Thinking about football reminded me of...more

District Court Denies Class Certification in Excessive Fee Case Against Service Provider

The plaintiffs, three plan participants, filed their lawsuit in 2012 and purported to assert claims on behalf of a class of all plans serviced by the defendants, affiliated entities that provided services to the plans and/or...more

Commenters React to DOL’s Proposed Expansion of Fiduciary-Duty Rules

Four months after proposing a significantly expanded definition specifying when “investment advice” to employee plans and IRAs would give rise to fiduciary status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the...more

ESMA Confirms Renewal of Short Selling Ban by Greek HCMC and Market Making Exemption

On August 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued an official opinion (Opinion), agreeing to renew for a further four weeks the emergency short selling prohibition originally imposed by the Hellenic...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2015

What Private Equity Funds Should Know About ERISA: Basics of ERISA Coverage - The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) imposes numerous duties on fiduciaries holding employee benefit...more

Capital Controls

On 18 July 2015, the Greek Government passed a law ending the bank holiday period imposed on 28 June 2015. At the same time, restrictions continue on cash withdrawals and the transfer of funds....more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Your IRA owns real estate

Most people invest their IRA funds in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. But others may opt for nontraditional investments, such as real estate, in the hope of boosting their returns. As this article details, when choosing to...more

SEC Gives Maximum Award in First Whistleblower Retaliation Case

On April 28, 2015, the SEC announced that it awarded a whistleblower the maximum award of 30 percent of the amounts collected in connection with the SEC’s first anti-retaliation case. The whistleblower received more than...more

Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice...

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed...more

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