James Frazier

Phone212 504 6963

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • ERISA
  • Financial Regulation
  • Executive Compensation, Benefits & ERISA
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6963
Fax: 212 504 6666
http://www.cadwalader.com/professionals/james-frazier
 
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
 
Biography

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 an Up and Coming leading lawyer, James was praised for his ERISA expertise and clients noted that he is thoughtful, has a great practical approach and is very helpful in giving us a sense of where we are in the pack. James has also been selected to The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nations 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

News Releases

•Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards
Mar 28, 2014

•Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000
Nov 15, 2013

•2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

•Cadwalader Has Another Breakout Year at the IFLR Americas Awards - Firm is Recognized for Two Outstanding Achievements in Deal and Team Categories
Mar 27, 2013

•2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in Multiple Areas of Practice
Oct 06, 2012

•Cadwalader Attorneys Contribute to New Book on Insurance Linked Securities
Jul 06, 2009

Recognition

•Chambers and Partners USA 2014
May 23, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards
Mar 28, 2014

•Cadwalader Advises on Award-Winning CLO 2.0 Transaction
Feb 27, 2014

•Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000
Nov 15, 2013

•2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

•Chambers and Partners USA 2013
May 24, 2013

•The Best Lawyers In America 2013
Oct 06, 2012

•Chambers and Partners USA 2012
Jun 07, 2012

RESOURCES

Clients Friends Memos

•Sun Capital Partners Decision Expands the Risk to Private Equity Funds of Incurring Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities
Aug 28, 2013

•U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes New Criteria for Which Entities Would Qualify as Rating Agencies in Connection with the Underwriter Exemptions
Jul 30, 2013

•DOL Provides Important ERISA Guidance Regarding Cleared Swaps
Feb 26, 2013

•U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Criteria for Which Entities Would Qualify as Rating Agencies in Connection with the Underwriter Exemptions
Jan 08, 2013

•The Dodd-Frank Act: How It Impacts Specific Institutions, Entities and Transactions
Jun 22, 2011

•Recent Developments Concerning ERISA at the Department of Labor
Aug 31, 2010

•The New Scheme for the Regulation of Swaps, with Appendices on Retroactivity, Special Entities and Tax, Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Jul 20, 2010

•Regulation of End Users of Swaps Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Jul 20, 2010

•Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009
Aug 20, 2009

•Obama Proposal for Regulatory Reform as It Relates to OTC Derivatives Markets
Jun 22, 2009

•The Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal
Jun 22, 2009

•The Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal and Its Impact on the Securitization Markets
Jun 22, 2009

•Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal Introduced
Jun 17, 2009

Books

•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.

Events

•Pension Plan Investments 2014: Current Perspectives
Apr 01, 2014

 
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Office Information

James Frazier


New YorkNY 10281-0006




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