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Brown Bag Lunch: Implications of the Department of Labor's New Fiduciary Rule for the Financial Services Advisory Business
Event Details
Date(s): February 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM  EST - 1:30 PM  EST
51 Louisiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Host: Jones Day
Directions: Metro - Union Station (Red line) 

Please call the WHF office if you cannot attend in person and would like to call into the event.

Cost: Complimentary for WHF Members Only

  • Kevin R. Noble, Jones Day
  • Sara Pikofsky, Jones Day

Program Description: Please join us for a brown bag lunch discussing the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule, also known as the "conflicts of interest rule."  This new rule has already caused dramatic changes in the provision of investment advice and related services to retirement investors. The rules are slated to become effective in April.  We’ll discuss what impact the rule has already had on the investment industry, what changes the rules impose, who is affected, and how to comply.  We’ll also discuss the latest information about the incoming administration’s views on the rule, and possible attempts to revoke or revise the rule.  

Speaker Bios:
Kevin Noble is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Jones Day.  He is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, where he focuses on fiduciary responsibility matters. He advises plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers on issues important to employee benefit plans and the employers who sponsor them.  Mr. Noble has particular experience with settling legacy pension and retiree health benefit liabilities.  In addition to his counseling practice, Mr. Noble also represents employee benefit plan parties in litigation and in disputes and regulatory investigations before the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Department of Labor, and the Internal Revenue Service.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the George Mason University School of Law.

Sara Pikofsky has extensive experience with all phases of litigation focusing on violations of ERISA's fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction provisions. Sara's practice also includes matters involving Title IV of ERISA, including defending employers in withdrawal liability disputes and advising clients regarding withdrawal liability risks.  Her experience covers matters at the trial and appellate levels, including having argued numerous appellate cases. Sara also advises clients with respect to Department of Labor investigations and with respect to compliance with ERISA’s plan asset rules. Sara previously served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor, Plan Benefits Security Division. In that capacity, she gained significant litigation experience in matters involving pension and welfare plans, including breach of fiduciary duty claims relating to investments in securities and real estate, among others.  Sara is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia Law School.

Not a member? Call WHF at 703-683-4742 and we would be happy to assist in getting you signed up for membership. 

RSVP: Online registration closes at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. 


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