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Are 401(k) plans an opportunity private equity funds should pursue?

Start Time: Sep 29, 2020 1:00 PM ET

End Time: Sep 29, 2020 2:00 PM ET

Location Details: Online

Event Type: Webcast

Recommended CPE Credits: CPE will not be offered on this program

Audience: Asset management/private equity executives across all functions.

Program Content: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued important new guidance for 401k plan investment committees on June 3 that want to include private equity as a component of a target date fund or other diversified investment fund offered within a 401k plan. For decades, institutional investors including defined benefit pension plans, endowments and foundations have long included investments in private equity (PE) as part of a diversified portfolio. Fiduciaries of defined contribution (e.g., 401k) retirement plans, however, have been reluctant to add the asset class to their plans for fear of running afoul of legal and regulatory hurdles. The Information Letter from the DOL is important because it gives fiduciaries more legal certainty if they want to consider additional asset classes as part of a diversified 401k investment option.

Join Grant Thornton and Stradley Ronon for a live webcast discussion and Q&A of notable challenges and opportunities, including tax, legal and regulatory implications for PE. We’ll discuss:

  • Pros and cons of taking in 401k plan dollars
  • Potential competitive advantage of including PE for plan sponsors
  • DOL guidance and structural considerations

Speakers:

George Michael Gerstein to Pensions & Investments: “I think there’s a real question as to whether long-term benefits that are not easily quantifiable in the here and now will pass muster under the proposal….”