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Sun Capital Redux: Private Equity Fund Seeks Declaratory Judgment on Controlled Group Liability for Portfolio Company's Pension...

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In light of the recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital, private investment funds, multiemployer pension funds and the...more

FAQ: Recent Developments in US Law Affecting Pension and OPEB Claims in Restructurings (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

From theory to practice, planning to enforcement, the answers to 42 of the most frequently asked questions can help you prepare, cope or respond to a restructuring. This Client Alert answers some of the most frequently asked...more

Canadian Court Dismisses ERISA “Controlled Group” Claim

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision creates a substantial barrier to controlled group claims in Canada, may provide a template for other jurisdictions. Key Points: ..ERISA controlled group liability is joint and several for all members of a pension...more

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

Mass. District Court Holds Private Equity Funds Liable for a Portfolio Entity’s Pension Benefits

by Mintz Levin on

The Private Equity Practice has been getting an increasing number of calls related to the decision made earlier this spring (Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New Eng. Teamsters & Trucking Indus. Pension Fund, 2016 US Dist....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor’s Overview - In this issue of Proskauer's ERISA Litigation Newsletter, we review a recent ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the application of controlled group principles to the building...more

Attention Taxpayers: New IRS Rules May Deem Debt to Be Stock

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In April, the IRS proposed rules that would treat debt between related corporations as stock for U.S. tax purposes. These rules would apply to all corporations (including regular C corporations, S corporations, foreign...more

New "Inversion" Proposed Regulations Inspired By The Pfizer/Allergan Deal May Impact Corporate Tax Planning Strategies

by Baker Donelson on

The Treasury Department has recently promulgated proposed regulations dealing with so-called inversion transactions. Inversion transactions are ones in which a U.S. corporation changes its domicile to a nation with a more...more

Treasury Proposes Fundamental New Limitations on Related Party Lending Transactions – With Retroactive Effect!

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Treasury Department has very recently and unexpectedly released significant guidance that promises, if finalized, to fundamentally limit the circumstances under which related corporations (and, in some cases,...more

IRS Rules Could Treat Related Party Debt as Stock

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Multinational groups can strip U.S. earnings away from U.S. taxation by having a domestic corporation issue debt and pay earnings out to foreign affiliates as deductible interest. This strategy could be used after an...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

Treasury Issues Stringent Inversion Regulations, Proposes Far-Reaching Related-Party Debt Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New regulations expand prior guidance reducing tax benefits of inversions. Proposed debt-equity rules will impact even routine intercompany transactions. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and...more

Treasury Targets Related-Party Debt with Proposed Regulations to Treat Debt as Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed regulations would establish a sweeping framework to treat debt as equity in an effort to curb the use of “excessive” related-party debt. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the...more

Sun Capital Court Finds that Common Industry Practices Exposed PE Funds to Pension Plan Liabilities

A group of related private equity (“PE”) funds were found liable for a bankrupt portfolio company’s pension plan debts in the latest and most worrisome decision in the long-running Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England...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

Sweeping Changes Proposed to Tax Treatment of Related-Party Debt May Impact Private Funds

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would potentially treat related-party debt, in whole or in part, as equity for U.S. tax purposes. The Proposed Regulations generally apply to...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

Private Equity Funds, Controlled Groups, and Multi-Employer Plan Withdrawal Liability: The Lessons of Sun Capital Partners vs. New...

Both the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) contain rules that aggregate trades and businesses under common control. For the most part, these rules are intended to...more

Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company's Pension Obligations

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A U.S. District Court issued a ruling on March 28 that affects pension liabilities for private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Taken further, the ruling potentially changes fundamental rules for tax-qualified...more

Sun Capital Court Finds Co-Investing Funds Part of Controlled Group and Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Liabilities

by Proskauer Rose 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. As we previously reported, in...more

Litigation Alert: Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability Although Each Had Less Than 80% Ownership

by Reed Smith on

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund - It’s Part 2 of one of the most important withdrawal liability cases in a decade… - In 2013, the First Circuit issued the...more

What Is A Trade Or Business And Why Does It Matter – Part 3

I blogged last year about a couple of decisions in which courts concluded that various related companies were part of a controlled group of trades or businesses and therefore liable for the withdrawal liability of one of the...more

Private Investment Funds May Be Liable for Portfolio Company's Underfunded Pension Liabilities under First Circuit Ruling

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity investment fund was engaged in a "trade or business" under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA)...more

Private Investment Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company’s Underfunded Pension Liabilities Under First Circuit Ruling

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund (No. 12-2312, 2013 WL 3814984) that a private equity...more

Appeals Court Reverses ERISA “Trade or Business” Ruling Favoring Private Equity Funds; Creates Uncertainty on Controlled Group...

In our November 9, 2012, client alert, we examined an apparent victory for private equity firms resulting from the District Court of Massachusetts decision that held that two related private equity funds were not liable on a...more

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