James Frazier

Phone212 504 6963

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  • Financial Regulation
  • Executive Compensation, Benefits & ERISA
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6963
Fax: 212 504 6666
University University of North Carolina, B.A., 1993
Law SchoolUniversity of Arkansas, School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., with distinction, 2001
Admitted1996, North Carolina; 2001, New York

James Frazier's practice is concentrated in the area of ERISA and employee benefits. A large part of his practice is devoted to advising clients with respect to the application of ERISA's fiduciary standards and prohibited transaction provisions to their activities in transactional and regulatory matters. He regularly advises financial services firms with respect to the structuring of investment vehicles and other investment products (including complex structured products and derivatives) offered to employee benefit plans and entities deemed to hold the assets of such plans and routinely advises financial services firms in connection with the provision of services (e.g., investment management and brokerage services) to such plans or entities. James also advises clients regarding issues that arise under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code in the context of corporate transactions. He also routinely represents clients before the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer, James was praised for his ERISA experience and clients noted that he is a good technical lawyer who is very plugged-in to the industry and recognized to be helpful in complicated projects. James has also been selected to The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation's leading lawyers in ERISA law.

Prior to entering private practice, James was a Pension Law Specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor, where he spent extensive time working with the fiduciary provisions found in, and prohibited transaction exemptions issued under, Title I of ERISA.

James received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation and Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, as well as an LL.M. in Labor Law, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He is admitted to practice in New York and North Carolina.

Selected Speaking Engagements:
•Pension Plan Investments 2013: Current Perspectives, Practising Law institute, April 2, 2013
•Dodd Frank Implementation: Navigating Rough Waters, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, March 1, 2012
•Regulatory Roundtable, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, November 10, 2011
•ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2011, Practising Law Institute, February 23, 2011
•Public Pension Plans: Opportunities and Challenges, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, November 6, 2008

Selected Professional Publications:
• U.S. Department of Labor's Proposed New Criteria for Qualification as a 'Rating Agency' in Connection with the Underwriter Exemptions, PLI Pension Plan Investments 2013: Current Perspectives (co-author)
• ERISA, Lofchie's Guide to Broker Dealer Regulation, 4th Edition, 2011
• Legal Issues, Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities, 2009 (Wiley Finance) (co-author)
• Understanding the Landscape for Financial Institutions and Advisers, PLI ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2011 (co-author)
•“Affiliation Issues, PLI Pension Plan Investments 2008: Current Perspectives (co-author)
•“Last Year at the Labor Department, ” PLI Pension Plan Investments 2007: Current Perspectives (co-author)
•“ERISA Compliance Guide for Broker Dealers, ” PLI Pension Plan Investments 2005: Confronting Today's Issues (co-author)

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 17, 2015


Cadwalader Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 17, 2015


Clients & Friends Memos

Sun Capital Partners Decision Expands the Risk to Private Equity Funds of Incurring Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

Aug 28, 2013


The Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities

The Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities provides information on a type of securities, which, by combining elements of insurance and capital markets, provide an alternative channel for transferring risk and raising capital.


Pension Plan Investments 2014: Current Perspectives

Apr 01, 2014

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James Frazier

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