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Apr 24, 2015

The Times are Changing: A First Look at the DOL’s New Fiduciary Paradigm

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On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued its proposed rule clarifying when individuals and institutions providing advice to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) will be fiduciaries for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and the prohibited transaction provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).  This detailed DOL proposal tackles the relationship between individuals who invest through IRAs, small plans and participant-directed plans and the investment professionals who provide advice and products to this growing segment of the market.  It is being rolled out with considerable support from the White House, which signals that significant portions of the proposal may be adopted substantially as proposed.

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Authors and Contributors

John J. Cannon III

Partner

Compensation, Governance & ERISA

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+1 212 848 8159

New York

Kenneth J. Laverriere

Of Counsel

Compensation, Governance & ERISA

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+1 212 848 8172

New York

Doreen E. Lilienfeld

Partner

Compensation, Governance & ERISA

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+1 212 848 7171

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+1 650 838 3804

New York

Linda Rappaport

Of Counsel

Compensation, Governance & ERISA

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+1 212 848 7004

New York