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James S. Frazier

James S. Frazier

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

New York, NY, USA


James Frazier focuses his practice in the area of ERISA and employee benefits. A large part of his practice is devoted to advising clients with respect to the application of ERISA's fiduciary standards and prohibited transaction provisions to their activities in transactional and regulatory matters.

James regularly advises financial services firms with respect to the structuring of investment vehicles and other investment products, including complex structured products and derivatives, offered to employee benefit plans and entities deemed to hold the assets of such plans. He routinely advises financial services firms in connection with the provision of services, such as investment management and brokerage services, to such plans or entities. James also advises clients regarding issues that arise under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code in the context of corporate transactions. He also routinely represents clients before the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer, James was praised for his ERISA experience and clients noted that he "is thoughtful, has a great practical approach and is very helpful in giving us a sense of where we are in the pack." James was also recognized in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation's leading lawyers in ERISA law.

Prior to entering private practice, James was a Pension Law Specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor, where he spent extensive time working with the fiduciary provisions found in, and prohibited transaction exemptions issued under, Title I of ERISA.

James received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation and Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, as well as an LL.M. in Labor Law, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He is admitted to practice in New York and North Carolina.

James S. Frazier is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs - ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions - Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs - Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions - Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs - Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions - Other Current Plan-Related Issues for Financial Institutions, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs - Commingled Investment Vehicles - VCOC/REOC/Hedge Funds/REITs, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, New York, NY
ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2018, Friday, March 23, 2018, New York, NY
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