CLE Webinar About ERISA and Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking as part of an upcoming Strafford live webinar, "Alternative Investments in ERISA Retirement Plans: Mitigating Liability Risks for Hedge and Private Equity Funds and Pension Plan Fiduciaries" scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. I am given ten (10) guest passes. If you are interested, please let me know.

Once the ten guest passes are gone, you can still attend the webinar. By referencing my name, you can receive a fifty percent discount. As long as you use the link shown below, the offer will be reflected automatically in your cart.

Our panel will provide ERISA and asset management counsel with a review of effective due diligence practices for institutional investors from both a legal and economic perspective. The panel will offer risk mitigation best practices at a time of increased government scrutiny and lawsuits by plan participants.

After our presentations, we will engage in a live question and answer session with participants so we can answer your questions about these important issues directly.

I hope you'll join us.

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Sincerely,

Dr. Susan Mangiero, Managing Director
Fiduciary Leadership, LLC
Trumbull, Connecticut

Financial Executives Address De-Risking and ERISA Benefit Programs

According to "Balancing Costs, Risks, and Rewards: The Retirement and Employee Benefits Landscape in 2013" (CFO Research and Prudential Financial, Inc. - July 2013), numerous changes are underway. The opinions of senior financial executive survey takers validate the continued twin interest in expanding defined contribution plan offerings and managing the liability risk of existing defined benefit ("DB") plans. The strategic import of benefits as a way to attract and retain talent is recognized by "nearly all respondents in this year's survey." Regarding the restructuring of traditional pension plans, this report states that nearly four out of every ten leaders have frozen one or more DB plans yet recognize the need to manage risk for those plans as well as for active plans. Liability-driven investing ("LDI") programs are being adopted by "many companies". Transfer solutions are being "seriously" considered by roughly forty percent of companies represented in the survey. Almost one half of respondents agree that a return to managing its core business could be enhanced by doing something to address pension risk.

None of these results are particularly surprising but it always helpful to take the pulse of corporate America with respect to ERISA and employee benefit programs. I have long maintained that the role of treasury staff will accelerate. There are numerous corporate finance implications associated with the offering of non-wage compensation. As I have added in various speeches and articles echoing what numerous ERISA attorneys cite (and I am not an attorney), plan sponsors must carefully weigh their fiduciary responsibilities to participants against those of shareholders in arriving at a particular decision.

For a copy of the study, click here.

Interested readers may also want to check out the reference items listed below:

If you have further comments or questions, click to email Dr. Susan Mangiero.

ERISA Fiduciaries Under Attack: Key Litigation and Regulatory Developments

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking in an upcoming live phone/web seminar entitled "ERISA Fiduciaries Under Attack: Key Litigation and Regulatory Developments" scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT.

Litigation surveys cite breach of fiduciary duties as a fast-growing driver of ERISA lawsuits involving securities fraud and questions about investment-risk governance and prudence. Economic losses and investment complexity are only a few reasons for continued new rules, regulations and claims.

In addition, significantly increased liability exposure is expected due to the SEC's and DOL's focus on expanding the definition of plan fiduciaries.

Evolving case law is putting plan sponsors and service providers in the spotlight as never before with regard to their investment-related processes. Litigation claims are focusing on who is making the investment decisions, and the due-diligence and other procedures these decision-makers use.

My fellow panelists and I developed this program to guide attorneys through the ERISA fiduciary minefields, address best practices for fiduciaries, discuss practical realities regarding case management and settlement, and recommend action steps for counsel to investment committees, board members and the advisers, consultants, appraisers, custodians and managers who provide products and services to employee benefit plan sponsors.

We will offer our perspectives and guidance on these and other critical questions

  • When are plans adopting risk management strategies?
  • What should the composition of the investment committee be?
  • How may an expanded "fiduciary" definition impact potential damages?
  • Does Dodd-Frank affect plan-management concerns?
  • How should insurance coverage be reviewed and managed?

After our presentations, we will engage in a live question and answer session with participants — so we can answer your questions about these important issues directly.

I hope you'll join us.

Click for more information or to register for this webinar about ERISA litigation.

Sincerely,

Susan Mangiero, PhD, CFA, FRM