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We assist our clients with the design and operation of 401(k), money purchase pension, defined benefit and employee stock ownership plans, including compliance and overall tax and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) advice. Our clients range from large municipalities and state governments to large corporations and small, private employers. We also represent issuers, underwriters and investors with respect to retirement plan considerations in connection with public offering and private placement offerings.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the Internal Revenue Service and United States Department of Labor correction programs, the determination letter process, private-letter ruling requests, funding waiver applications, and virtually all aspects of regulatory procedures.

We regularly render advice and legal opinions (including Circular 230 opinions) on diverse topics regarding retirement plans of public and private and governmental employers including tax, investment, ERISA, statutory compliance and document compliance. As part of this process, we often perform due diligence on plan investments including venture and nonventure capital investments, real estate investments, securities purchase, hedge fund strategies, securities lending and exchange-traded funds.

We closely follow Internal Revenue Service trends and decisions to ensure that our clients get accurate, up-to-date advice on the issues that affect them.