DOL Investigations: Broker-Dealers and RIAs as Targets

Together with Bruce Ashton and Summer Conley, I have authored an article titled “DOL Investigations: Broker-Dealers and RIAs as Targets.” To see the full text of the article, click on the link included here:

http://www.drinkerbiddle.com/resources/publications/2011/dol-investigations-broker-dealers-and-rias-as-targets

In the article we discuss that in recent months, we have heard of at least eight, and been involved in three, Department of Labor (DOL) investigations of broker-dealers related to their services to ERISA retirement plans. These investigations appear to be part of the DOL’s ongoing Consultant/Adviser Project (CAP). The CAP initiative is a national enforcement project designed to focus on “the receipt of improper or undisclosed compensation by employee benefit plan consultants and investment advisers.” This article discusses the background that led to the creation of CAP, the issues that financial advisers need to focus on and steps they may wish to take now to avoid liability exposure under ERISA.

The views expressed in this article are the views of Fred Reish, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

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