Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings

Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings

Nossaman’s Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings podcast (formerly Public Pensions & Investments Briefings) explores the legal issues that impact governmental, private and non-profit pension systems and their boards in the United States. Episodes cover a wide variety of topics, from the changing investment climate to litigation impacting pension plans nationally, as well as emerging fiduciary, insurance, employment, benefits, tax compliance and intellectual property issues.

Episodes

August 2, 2023 31 mins
With recent well-publicized data breaches impacting pension systems and their retirees nationally, as well as increased Department of Labor scrutiny surrounding cybersecurity policies and procedures implemented by ERISA employee benefit plan fiduciaries upon audit, the topic of cybersecurity risk management is even more top of mind for pension plan administrators.In this episode of Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings, As...
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The first half of 2023 has seen three bank failures, Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and First Republic Bank. In 2008–the last time multiple FDIC-insured banks failed–the collapse of the economy and massive bank reform followed.

In this episode of Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings, Yuliya Oryol and Patrick Richard discuss risk management lessons for directors and officers to be drawn from these recent events. Were t...
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Congress recently passed the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022. Building on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, SECURE 2.0 attempts to expand retirement plan coverage and increase retirement savings opportunities for United States workers. In this episode of Pensions, Benefits & Investments Briefings, Michelle McCarthy and Ashley Dunning discuss the key provisions of SECURE 2.0 most likely to impact 401(...
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On February 15, 2023, changes to Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 4 will be effective, and defined benefit plans will need to comply with these new rules in all actuarial funding valuations with measurement dates after the effective date. In the latest episode of Public Pensions & Investments Briefings, Ashley Dunning welcomes Graham Schmidt, an actuary with Cheiron, and Todd Tauzer, an actuary with Segal, who explain ...
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Institutional investors and other limited partners are often told they must accept certain terms and provisions in alternative investment fund documents because such terms “are market.” Who is responsible for creating these market terms and what can investors do to prevent undesirable deal terms from becoming the market standard? In this episode of Public Pensions & Investments Briefings, Courtney Krause discusses unusual provi...
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Ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks have made national headlines during the past 12 months, and public pension systems are as susceptible to these attacks as any other organization. In this episode of Public Pensions & Investments Briefings, Thomas Dover and Ashley Dunning discuss the protections public pension plans can put in place today to ensure these kinds of data privacy attacks are kept at bay. They also discuss o...
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Infrastructure investment, whether through direct investments in specific projects or through commingled funds, is an attractive asset class for public pension systems and other institutional investors. In this episode of Public Pensions & Investments Briefings, Yuliya Oryol, Andrée Blais and Shant Boyajian introduce you to public-private partnerships (P3s) and alternative delivery methods for infrastructure projects. In additi...
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All public pension plans need a well-crafted fiduciary liability insurance policy. This should include ample coverage, including protection against the risk of impending litigation. The recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in favor of the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (“SJCERA”) in its case against Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America (“Travelers”) highlights the import...
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In this episode of Public Pensions & Investments Briefings, Nossaman Public Pensions & Investments Group Partner Peter Mixon and Institutional Limited Partners Association Senior Policy Counsel Chris Hayes discuss what impact the Biden administration could have on public pensions. They explore how the new administration may alter investment regulations to align with their key policy initiatives, and how public pension plan ...
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