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French Employment and Tax Reforms Set to Boost Private Equity Buyouts

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Macron recently unveiled employment and tax reforms to increase France’s appeal for deal makers. While France ranks highly as an investment destination for private equity firms, complex and inflexible French...more

The Problem With Multiple Loans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When drafting new 401(k) plans, I always recommend allowing for a loan provision. I know there are quite a few plan providers who don’t want any provisions that allow “leakage” of retirement assets, but I believe that when...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Court’s Preliminary Injunction Against DOL's Enforcement of its "Anti-arbitration" Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on Thrivent's case seeking to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from prohibiting the nonprofit's mandatory use of individual dispute resolution processes. Once the...more

US Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Fiduciary Rule Exemption

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Department of Labor issued a notice extending the transition period for the Best Interest Contract exemption (the “BIC”), and other exemptions, from the prohibited transaction provisions of the Fiduciary Rule for an...more

Advisors Advantage - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How A Plan Provider Should Handle Employees. Some tips from a former plan provider disgruntled employee. I always say that the main reason that I don't want to have employees is that I was an employee once too. An...more

Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

SEC Awards Over $16 Million to Two Whistleblowers

On November 30, 2017, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower issued a bounty award of more than $16 million to two tipsters; each received an award of more than $8 million. The SEC denied awards to five other claimants....more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Features And Services Aren't A Fit For Every Plan Sponsor. There is nothing out there that is a fit for everything. Did you ever buy a car and the dealer was trying to sell you things you didn't really need like...more

Treasury’s Third Report on Financial System Regulation Focuses on the Asset Management and Insurance Industries

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently released a report examining the regulatory framework for the asset management and insurance industries (Report). The Report is the third in a series of four reports that...more

Matters to Consider for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for their 2018 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of key corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters on which...more

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

DOL kicks fiduciary rule enforcement until 2019

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As expected, the Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed enforcement of the main provisions of the new fiduciary rule. Provisions covering exemptions for best-interest contracts and principal transactions will now go into...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

Blog: SCOTUS hears oral argument in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust: Dodd-Frank whistleblower statute “says what it says”

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, in addition to hearing oral argument regarding state court jurisdiction over ’33 Act class actions (see this PubCo post), SCOTUS also heard oral argument in a second case, Somers v. Digital Realty Trust. This case...more

The Whistle Keeps Blowing: SEC Whistleblower Office Releases Its 2017 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 16, 2017. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Tale of Two Agencies. On November 27, Joseph M. Otting was sworn in as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Otting seamlessly succeeded Keith A. Noreika, who became Acting Comptroller in May 2017...more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

Department of Labor Releases Final 18-Month Delay in Applicability Date for Portions of Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published final amendments to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other exemptions that delay the applicability date of many of the requirements for...more

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

On November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized the delay of the applicability date for certain conditions for exemptions to the fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. This delay was initially proposed in late...more

Confirm what the auditor says

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you have a retirement plan with more than 100 participants, you probably have a plan audit (if you have more than 120 participants, you do). Like with any plan providers, there a lot of great auditors out there and some...more

It Won’t Matter Until It Becomes Law

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I spoke to a fellow ERISA attorney who was talking about the proposed changes going back and forth regarding tax reform. I told him I just didn’t have time to follow and I’m not a big fan of proposals, I just cared about what...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 67 Leadership Lessons from the Grant Presidency

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and consider the leadership lessons from the Presidency of US Grant. The lessons include: 1. Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Acts, leading to the passage of the 15th Amendment; 2....more

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