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Cadwalader's Executive Compensation & Benefits Group advises clients on a full range of issues affecting executive compensation and benefits decisions. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, we provide insightful, strategic guidance on issues affecting human capital, including control, retention and separation arrangements, equity-based compensation programs, incentive plans, executive retirement programs, deferred compensation plans and retirement and welfare benefit plans. Our ERISA Group counsels clients on the fiduciary standards of ERISA and similar laws, as well as the tax aspects of employee benefit plan investments. Our team helps ensure that the products and services made available to the employee benefit plan market comply with applicable legal requirements, and advises clients in connection with the application of the ERISA fiduciary responsibility provisions.

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Sun Capital Partners Decision Expands the Risk to Private Equity Funds of Incurring Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities
, August 30, 2013
The First Circuit recently held that, in some cases, a private equity fund could be found to engage in a “trade or business,” and therefore be subject to joint and several liability for withdrawal liability assessed against the fund’s portfolio company by a multiemployer pension...

Employee Benefits after Windsor
, August 28, 2013
On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional. Section 3 of DOMA, which defined “spouse” and “marriage” for all provisions of federal law, provided that a “spouse”...

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes New Criteria for Which Entities Would Qualify as “Rating Agencies” in Connection with the Underwriter Exemptions
, July 31, 2013
On July 9, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published an amendment to the socalled “Underwriter Exemptions,” which provide relief from certain of the prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended...