Why you should attend
Experienced practitioners in the area of pension investment law, together with senior representatives of the Department of Labor, will give their perspectives and illuminate issues on current topics and recent developments. Continued statutory, regulatory, and market changes ensure a full agenda of new developments to be debated and analyzed by the panelists. The Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation brought a new regulatory structure for pension investment activities in the derivatives markets that raises substantial uncertainties for a broad group of investment products and compliance issues for plan fiduciaries. Keeping abreast of these developments and staying current on new ERISA case law, enforcement actions, and ordinary course investment practices is critical.
What you will learn
- Department of Labor perspectives on developments relating to prohibited transaction exemptions, and compliance and litigation priorities
- Legislative and regulatory developments, including developments concerning pension plan transactions in derivatives; fiduciary status; the provision of services; and reporting requirements
- Current investment fund issues, including structuring a plan asset hedge fund
- Conflicts and the use and utility of information barriers
- 401(k) plan investment and administration issues
- Core financial institution issues
Who should attend
Please plan to arrive with enough time to register before the conference begins. A networking breakfast will be available upon your arrival.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
9:00 A Look-back: Department of Labor, Prohibited Transaction Issues and Perspectives
- A discussion of prohibited transaction exemption developments with Ivan Strasfeld, former Director of the Office of Exemption Determinations
- Practitioners’ Q&A session
James S. Frazier, Melanie Franco Nussdorf, Ivan Strasfeld
10:00 Current Fiduciary Issues
The panel will provide an in-depth review of new and recurring issues in fiduciary responsibility, including:
- Status as a fiduciary:
- Does exercise of contractual counterparty rights make a financial intermediary a fiduciary?
- The state-of-play concerning investment advice
- Section 406(b)(1) analytics:
- Does “self-dealing” imply scienter or are there “per se” prohibitions of the self-dealing rule?
- Current transactional issues:
- Fiduciary issues in pension “de-risking” transactions
- Incentive fees: drawing outside the advisory opinion lines
Laura E. Bader, Peter Haller, Alicia C. McCarthy, Alan S. Wilmit
11:30 Networking Break
11:45 DC Plan Developments
- Revenue sharing and revenue credits
- Annuitizing DC plan benefits
- The brokerage window controversy
- Section 408(b)(2) reporting
- Stable value fund trends and issues
Patricia Anne Kuhn, Nicholas J. Waddles
12:45 Luncheon Presentation
Associate Solicitor Timothy D. Hauser from the Division of Plan Benefits Security, U.S. Department of Labor, will provide an overview of current
Afternoon Session: 1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:45 ERISA Litigation Review
- Current DOL enforcement and litigation issues
- Summary of case law developments
Shannon Barrett, Karen L. Handorf, Timothy D. Hauser
2:45 Update on Regulatory Reform
- Overview of business conduct rules
- Avoiding fiduciary status for Special Entities
- Documentation issues for swaps and repos
- Clearing and trading on exchanges
Mary E. Alcock, John W. Valentine, Suzzanne Yao
3:45 Networking Break
4:00 Ethical Considerations
Ethical issues for in-house ERISA lawyers and plan sponsors, including:
- Attorney-Client Privilege
- Potential Conflicts of Interest: Participant Lawsuits
- Document Retention
Liza M. LeAndre, Howard Shapiro
~ Director and Counsel, Head, Regulatory Advisory Group, Bank Regulatory Executive Compensation and ERISA, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Timothy D. Hauser
~ Associate Solicitor, Division of Plan Benefits Security, U.S. Department of Labor
Alan S. Wilmit
~ Managing Director & Associate General Counsel -- Legal Director, ERISA and Benefits, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
~ Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
New York City Seminar Location
PLI New York Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street (21st floor), New York, New York 10019. Message Center, program days only: (212) 824-5733.
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