Conferences and Speeches

Pensions & Investments Annual East Coast Defined Contribution Conference – March 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016 {ml-event-to} Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Employee Benefits partner Marla Kreindler and Labor and Employment partner Jeremy Blumenfeld will present at the Pensions & Investments Annual East Coast Defined Contribution Conference.

Plan Sponsor-Only Round Table: Large Plans ($1 billion or more in assets)
Sunday, March 6, 2016  \\  3:30 – 4:45 PM ET
Moderator: Marla Kreindler

Plan Sponsors kick off the conference by meeting fellow executives from corporate and public plans in an open, informal discussion. Share ideas, get valuable advice on your specific plan issues from the moderators and attendees, and learn what’s front of mind for your peers. Topics can range from plan design, investment options and fee reviews, to administrative challenges, benchmarking and compliance.

Your ERISA Attorney Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon
Tuesday, March 8, 2016  \\  11:10 AM – 12:10 PM ET
Speaker: Jeremy Blumenfeld

Concerns about liability risk are very much at the forefront as DC plans double down on the execution of their fiduciary responsibilities. More plan sponsors acknowledge their ERISA attorney sits in on many more – or all – their DC plan meetings, which in turn increases legal costs and more detailed oversight. A roundtable of experts offers advice on:

  • Communication – How are plans handling the increased focus on fiduciary risk in internal communications and plan processes?
  • Avoiding legal challenges – What are some key nuances of recent lawsuits on alleged breach of fiduciary standards?; and
  • Washington D.C. update – Key legislative and regulatory proposals to watch for under a new administration, as well as the proposed DOL rule on the definition of fiduciary investment advice.