Another example of the relief provided by the QPAM Exemption is that it allows the investment manager. Because the broker-dealer is a service provider to each such plan, the. Further, the requirement that a. In the plan asset look-through entity context, each underlying client of the entity would be measured separately, rather than.
By executing the securities transactions of a plan asset look-through hedge fund, the broker-dealer becomes a party in interest. Because the broker-dealer is a service provider, the extension of credit violates Section a 1 B of. While providing exemptive relief from the prohibition against extensions of credit, the purchase of securities on margin and the. Accordingly, an. The revised exemption removes the one-year look-back rule prohibiting. In addition, the revised exemption narrows the.
Moreover, the. Further, the definition of who is an affiliate of the QPAM has been narrowed in. As a fiduciary, the investment manager of a plan asset look-through hedge fund is generally not permitted. Thus, the investment manager may not cause the fund to pay a performance-based fee i. However, according to applicable DOL advisory opinions, 38 an investment manager may receive. See Adv. While the relevance of each of the above facts is open to discussion, two are clearly fundamental.
The problem with this observation is that it is true even if the manager is compensated purely on the basis. However, the DOL has chosen to focus on this problem only in the. Accordingly, in order to avoid prohibited transaction. That does not necessarily require the fund to hire an. However, the manager must set forth in advance and in a fully disclosed manner to the benefit plan.
The subscription agreement will. Second, the incentive fee must be determined based on performance that takes into account both. Taking an incentive allocation on realized gains only presents. Again, this involves an act of self-dealing. On the other hand, the factual statement that performance must. This one-year requirement has no independent. Similarly, neither the requirement that a plan investing in an entity that will pay performance-based.
They are merely facts regurgitated by the DOL from the submissions received from the. However, it is clear that the independent plan fiduciary making. As a general rule, a plan asset look-through hedge fund should not acquire the securities of the. Thus, if, for example, the XYZ Plan is an investor in the fund, then the fund should not own. XYZ stock. In the absence of a self-imposed prohibition, the fund could, however, acquire "qualifying employer.
Each benefit plan investor is considered to have a proportionate interest in each asset. A "qualifying employer security" includes both stock and marketable obligations of the benefit plan investor's sponsoring.
XYZ stock i. Accordingly, unless the. Moreover, the hedge fund manager should consider designing the hedge fund's. If a hedge fund is a plan asset look-through fund of funds, the investment manager will need to determine. Further, in such a situation, the investment manager of the fund of funds steps into. Thus, if the manager of the underlying hedge fund was not a registered investment adviser, the. On the other hand, just as a trustee sheds its responsibilities for the day to day investment of plan assets.
In order to shed these responsibilities,. ERISA plans investing in the hedge fund of funds as a "named fiduciary within the meaning of Section. Of course, the investment manager of any underlying plan asset look-through. See the. A fiduciary who breaches any of the standards of fiduciary conduct imposed by ERISA is personally liable. Making good on the plan's losses. The fiduciary may also be removed by a court for violation of his fiduciary responsibilities and may be.
For example, a purchase from or sale of a plan asset to a party in interest will not be a prohibited. Section 1 requires that a similar penalty be assessed against any nonfiduciary. The DOL has the authority to waive or reduce the. The Code imposes a tax on each prohibited transaction. The tax is payable for every. If the correction date does not occur prior to 90 days after the mailing of a notice of deficiency unless i.
The tax is imposed on any party in interest who participates in the transaction other than a fiduciary. Generally, the tax is imposed without regard to whether or not the party-in-interest. In the case of an unqualified plan i.
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Electronic mail or other communications to SRZ or any of its attorneys, staff, employees, agents or representatives resulting from your receipt of this information will not, and should not be construed to, create an attorney-client relationship. Parties seeking advice should consult with legal counsel familiar with their particular circumstances. Additional responsibilities and restrictions are imposed under the Internal Revenue Code of the "Code". This memorandum summarizes the most important of these rules and restrictions applicable to managers of hedge funds in circumstances in which investment in the fund by employee benefit plans causes the hedge fund to be a plan asset look-through vehicle.
ERISA operates by 1 prohibiting broad categories of transactions between plans and the people who manage or provide services to the plans, 2 providing statutory exemptions from all or part of the prohibitions for specific kinds of transactions and 3 permitting the Department of Labor "DOL" to grant individual or industry-wide exemptions referred to as class exemptions from all or part of the prohibitions for specific kinds of transactions.
Therefore, analyzing whether a particular transaction is permissible is usually a two-step process. Does the transaction or service fall within the broad prohibitions, and, if so, is any exemption available to permit the transaction or service? To the extent that an exemption is available, the hedge fund manager must understand and strictly comply with the conditions set forth in the exemption.
Failure to do so may render the exemption meaningless. Section II discusses the circumstances in which the investment by employee benefit plans in a hedge fund will cause the fund to be a plan asset look-through vehicle that is subject to ERISA, and the consequences to the fund's investment manager if the fund attains plan asset look-through status.
Section IV discusses a specific class exemption issued by he DOL that permits certain categories of transactions and services in the event that a hedge fund attains plan asset look-through status. Section V discusses special prohibited transaction concerns that arise in managing a plan asset lookthrough hedge fund and how to handle those concerns.
General Application of the Fiduciary Provisions A. Coverage 1. ERISA The fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction provisions of Title I of ERISA, which impose responsibilities on plan fiduciaries and which regulate plan dealings with providers of services and other parties in interest apply generally to "employee benefit plans," whether or not such plans are "qualified plans" under the Internal Revenue Code. Labor Reg. ERISA also excludes from its fiduciary responsibility rules those plans maintained by governmental bodies, certain plans maintained by churches and certain plans maintained by private employers primarily for the purposes of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees.
However, plans maintained by tax-exempt organizations other than governmental bodies and churches are subject to ERISA's fiduciary responsibility provisions, 5 and governmental plans may be subject to ERISA-like fiduciary responsibility rules imposed under state law. Internal Revenue Code The provisions of the Code regulating transactions involving employee benefit plans apply to individual retirement accounts, annuities or bonds, and to so-called "qualified plans" including "one-man" plans and plans covering only partners.
Although the prohibited transactions provisions of the Code generally do not apply to non-qualified employee benefit plans, they do continue to apply to a plan that was once qualified but later became disqualified. A person is a fiduciary with respect to a plan asset look-through hedge fund to the extent he or it: a exercises any discretionary authority or control with respect to the management of a fund or the management or disposition of the fund's assets; b renders investment advice to the fund for a fee or compensation, direct or indirect, with respect to any moneys or property of the fund or has any authority or responsibility to do so; or c has any discretionary authority or discretionary responsibility in administering the fund.
Thus, the fiduciary of a plan asset look-through hedge fund will be the entity that calls the investment shots for the fund. Depending on the structure of the fund, this may not be the general partner of a partnership, the managing member of an LLC or the board of directors of an offshore corporation if such person or entity does not perform any of the functions set forth in the statute and quoted above. The Code does not use the term "party in interest" but refers instead to a "disqualified person".
The definition of a disqualified person, though not identical to that of party in interest, is close enough to that of a party in 3 4 5 6 7 Labor Reg. General Duties of a Fiduciary Under ERISA, a fiduciary's general obligations with respect to a plan asset look-through hedge fund are, briefly, the following: a He must discharge his duties solely in the interest of participants and beneficiaries of the investing ERISA covered employee benefit plans for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits under and defraying reasonable administrative costs of such plans.
It is a higher standard than the common law fiduciary standard of a general partner to a partnership. The fiduciary should consider the role the investment or investment course of action plays in the portion of the plan asset look-through fund's investment portfolio under his control. The fiduciary should determine whether the investment or investment course of action is reasonably designed, as part of the fund's investment portfolio, to further the purpose of the fund given the risk of loss and opportunity for gain or other return associated with the investment.
Among the factors which a fiduciary should consider are the composition of the fund's investment portfolio and its diversity or lack thereof, the liquidity, rate of return and cash flow needs of the fund and the projected return from the fund's investments relative to other types of investments. Prohibited Transactions Under ERISA, a fiduciary may not engage in a prohibited transaction with a plan asset look-through hedge fund nor cause the fund to engage in a prohibited transaction with a party in interest.
The penalties imposed on fiduciaries and on parties in interest for violations of these rules are discussed in detail in Appendix A. Prohibited transactions involving fiduciary self-dealing: a Dealing with the assets of the plan in the fiduciary's own interest or for his own account e. Prohibited transactions between a party in interest including any fiduciary and a plan asset look-through hedge fund: d Sale, exchange, or lease of property. However, see the exemption for certain margin loans and short sales discussed below in Section IV of this Memorandum.
Liability for Breach of Co-Fiduciary In addition to any liability which a fiduciary may have for his own breaches of fiduciary duty, he is liable for the breach of another fiduciary of the same plan asset look-through fund if: 1 He knowingly participates in or undertakes to conceal a breach of fiduciary duty which he knows to be a breach; 2 He enabled such fiduciary to commit the breach by not discharging his own fiduciary duties properly; or 3 He is aware that the breach has occurred, unless he takes reasonable steps to remedy the breach.
Failure to do so will expose the fiduciary to potential liability for the acts of the offending fiduciary. The DOL regulations provide that mere resignation is not sufficient to discharge the fiduciary's positive duty to make reasonable efforts to remedy a breach.
Determining if a Hedge Fund Holds Plan Assets In , the DOL promulgated a regulation commonly referred to as the "Plan Asset Regulation" 27 to set forth the circumstances under which the assets of an entity in which a "benefit plan investor" invests will be treated as "plan assets" of such investor and the entity will be treated as a plan asset look-through entity. In August , the Pension Protection Act enacted new rules Section 3 42 of ERISA for determining when an entity in which a benefit plan investor invests will be treated as a "plan asset vehicle.
This prohibition would bar the investment manager of a plan asset look-through hedge fund from receiving any soft dollars from the broker-dealers through which the investment manager executes the fund's trades. This preemption only applies to soft dollars that fall completely within the scope of Section 28 e. Thus, a manager's receipt of non e soft dollars such as rent subsidies, free trips, apartment rentals, etc.
As a result, the benefit plan investor's assets will include not only its equity interest in the entity, but also an undivided interest in each of the underlying assets of the entity. Accordingly, the investment manager of a plan asset look-through entity will be a fiduciary to each such investing plan, and thus subject to ERISA's fiduciary responsibility provisions discussed in Section I of this memorandum.
Under Section 3 42 of ERISA, the determination of whether an entity is a plan asset vehicle is made immediately after the most recent acquisition of any equity interest in the entity. Section 3 42 of ERISA further provides that this determination must be made by disregarding the value of any equity interests held by a person other than a benefit plan investor who has discretionary authority or control with respect to the assets of the entity or any person who provides investment advice for a fee direct or indirect with respect to such assets, or any affiliate of such a person.
Neither Section 3 42 of ERISA nor the Plan Asset Regulation address the treatment of a redemption of an equity interest nor an intra-family transfer; the term "acquisition" is undefined. In an advisory opinion letter Advisory Opinion A , dated April 5, , the DOL indicated that, in its view, the redemption of a partner's equity investment in a partnership would constitute an acquisition triggering a test of the level of benefit plan investor participation in the entity because the redemption would result in an increase in the interests of the remaining partners.
The DOL also stated in the letter that, in its view, intra-family transfers of equity interests in a partnership, whether by devise or inheritance, would also trigger the benefit plan investor level of participation test. Exhibit B provides a list of common types of plans and entities that are considered benefit plan investors. The Plan Asset Regulation provides that an "affiliate" of a person includes any person, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controlling or controlled by, or under common control with the person.
For purposes of this definition, "control" with respect to a person other than an individual, means the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or policies of such person. The Plan Asset Regulation sets forth three special exceptions under which benefit plan investors will not be deemed to have an interest in the underlying assets of an entity, regardless of the amount of equity in the entity that is held by benefit plan investors.
First, if the security is a publicly offered security; second, if the entity is an operating company; and third, if the entity is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of Thus, regardless of their financial education or sophistication, the trustees of the plan will be held to an extremely high standard of behavior. Congress recognized that this was somewhat unfair and thus relieved the trustees of their responsibility as long as the authority to manage and control the assets of the plan has been delegated to an investment manager.
However, the relief is only available if the entity that is managing plan assets meets the definition of an investment manager set forth in section 3 38 of ERISA. ERISA defines an investment manager to include a bank, an insurance company and, most significantly, a registered investment adviser. In fact, the opposite is true.
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