Pension Plan Investments: What You Need to Know in 2014
Overview:Recent surveys show that more than 425 U.S. employers, representing 11 million employees need to determine their current and future retirement benefits strategies including the design, management and delivery of their retirement programs.The Knowledge Group is producing this two-hour LIVE webinar to help plan providers and participants to be prepared with respect to the issues and concerns surrounding pension plan investments in 2014 and will provide valuable information and analysis. In addition to regulatory updates, speakers will also provide practical tips/tools on how to navigate through this very timely topic while minimizing financial risks for employers and participants.Enroll in this course today by clicking the 'Register' button below. Space is limited and discounts apply for early registrants.
- Legal backdrop of Pension Investments
- Investment Managers and Investment Consultants
- Prudently Select and Monitor
- Negotiating Investment Management Agreements
- Consideration of Form Agreements
- Expect that volatility will pick up
- Diversification is still the only free lunch
- Don't expect diversification within equity investments to work in periods of increased volatility
- Measure your level of risk including your pension plan liabilities.
- Expect that interest rates will go up -- however, the real question is when.
- Understand the role of bonds in your portfolio in an increasing interest rate environment
- What is "pension de-risking"? A brief background discussion.
- How is de-risking accomplished from an investment perspective? A look at the strategies, including LDI, and some of the investment-types used to implement them.
- Plan fiduciary considerations when considering and employing a de-risking strategy.
Liability-based Pension De-Risking Strategies
- Freezing the plan – soft freeze or hard freeze
- Plan Termination
- Implementing Lump Sum Payments
- Annuity Purchase
Who Should Attend:‒ Plan Sponsors, Fiduciaries and Participants ‒ Retirement Plan Practicing Lawyers ‒ Employee Benefits & Compensation Lawyers and Consultants ‒ Payroll and Benefits Administrators ‒ Human Resource & Benefits Personnel ‒ Retirement Plan Financial Professionals ‒ Retirement Plan Sponsors ‒ Financial Advisers ‒ Public Companies ‒ Private Companies ‒ and anyone involved in Retirement Plan Administration
Sarah Lowe focuses her practice on employee benefits, with an emphasis in the areas of qualified plans, related ERISA fiduciary issues and pension plan investments. She regularly reviews and negotiates provisions of pension plan investments on behalf of large pension funds, including hedge funds and other alternative investments. She also routinely assists structuring private investment funds and their portfolio investments so that they avoid being subject to ERISA fiduciary rules. As part of her practice, she regularly advises clients on compliance with ERISA's rules regarding fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions. Ms. Lowe has provided counsel to and negotiated on behalf of clients regarding employee benefit issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions. She has also researched and advised public and private employer clients regarding issues related to design, preparation, communication, administration and operation of qualified plans and the related funding vehicles, including pension and profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, rabbi trusts, and cafeteria plans.
Sarah Lowe focuses her practice on employee benefits, with an emphasis in the areas of qualified plans, related ERISA fiduciary …
Caren is a Director in PwC’s Human Resource Services Practice in the New York office. In addition, she serves a …
Erek is a stockholder and member of Reid and Riege’s Employee Benefits & Pension Practice Area. Erek frequently analyzes, drafts and amends both qualified and nonqualified plan documents, and has substantial experience counseling a diverse roster of clients in connection with plan implementation, compliance and termination-related matters arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and other applicable laws. He routinely counsels clients concerning their fiduciary obligations and “best practices,” and often provides advice in connection with prohibited transaction issues and the application of related class or statutory exemptions. He has substantial experience advising plan sponsors, named fiduciaries, trustees and investment advisers in connection with the investment of benefit plan assets in both traditional and alternative investment vehicles (both domestic and offshore), including plan asset funds, VCOCs and REOCs, and frequently reviews and negotiates the terms of related advisory/service agreements and fund documents. He also counsels clients in connection with benefits and compensation issues arising in merger and acquisition transactions, including transactions involving leveraged and non-leveraged ESOPs. In addition, he has advised boards of directors and compensation committees in connection with the design and implementation of equity and “phantom” equity compensation arrangements, change in control agreements and severance/separation pay programs and agreements, as well as their reporting and disclosure obligations with respect thereto.
Erek is a stockholder and member of Reid and Riege’s Employee Benefits & Pension Practice Area. Erek frequently analyzes, drafts …
Patricia Beaty concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. She has experience in the design, implementation and administration of single employer and multiemployer defined benefit plans as well as money purchase, profit sharing, stock bonus, employee stock ownership, performance plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, Section 125 "cafeteria" plans and Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association trusts (VEBAs). Ms. Beaty also audits plans for compliance failures and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor including audits by both agencies and correction of operational failures under the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and fiduciary issues under the Department of Labor's Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program. She also handles issues relating to ERISA, QDROs, COBRA, HIPAA, new comparability or "cross tested" plans, cash balance plans and recent legislation affecting employee benefits. Ms. Beaty also speaks on and advices clients with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Patricia Beaty concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. She has experience in the design, …
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On-demand Webcast (CLE)
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Specialized Knw and Apps
NY Category of CLE credit:
2.0 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)
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About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend is a full service firm with nearly 650 attorneys in 18 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation attorneys work on behalf of clients throughout the U.S. and internationally in all areas of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation, representing a cross-section of businesses ranging from Fortune 100 public companies to family-owned businesses and start-up companies. The diverse and innovative client base they support provides cutting-edge work that keeps them at the forefront of critical developments in the field. The team’s primary service areas include, Business Transactions, ERISA Litigation, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Counseling, Health & Welfare Plans, Pension Fund Management and Retirement Income Plans.
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Founded in 1950, Reid and Riege, P.C. is a full service law firm providing legal counsel and representation to many of the region's leading business and nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, corporations and individuals. The firm's focus includes the following practice areas: commercial finance; corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations; business succession planning; executive agreements and compensation; mergers and acquisitions; pension and other employee benefits; employment and personnel; environmental; health care; estate planning and estate settlement; executive and physician planning; fiduciary and probate litigation; fiduciary services; general litigation; insolvency and bankruptcy; multiemployer benefit plans; nonprofit organizations; real estate; and tax. Reid and Riege has principal offices in both Hartford and New Haven. For additional information, please visit www.rrlawpc.com.
About Krieg DeVault LLP
For clients throughout the Midwest and across the country, Krieg DeVault provides clear, practical legal advice that takes in the big picture without losing sight of the details. That's how they approach legal challenges and how they deliver solutions that are focused on your needs, your business and your world. Krieg DeVault was founded in Indianapolis over 130 years ago, but their commitment to listening to their clients has not. Client satisfaction and loyalty have allowed them to grow from a two-lawyer general practice in the mid-1870s to their current status as a premier business-focused law firm. Financial institutions, global manufacturers, national healthcare providers, successful organizations of various sizes and market focus, as well as individuals, all rely on Krieg DeVault for solutions that create success.