Paul Hamburger and Jennifer Rigterink served as panelists on the May 25th webinar hosted by Stafford which discussed New DOL Guidance for 401(k) Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries: Cryptocurrency and Other Digital Asset Investments.
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This CLE course will provide ERISA counsel with an analysis of new Department of Labor (DOL) guidance on decisions to invest retirement plan assets in cryptocurrency. The panel will discuss ERISA compliance and general rules for plan investments and exposure for fiduciaries as well as the practical challenges posed by limitations on investment decisions. The panel will also put the topic into the broader context of investment decision-making for ERISA plan fiduciaries of all plans, not just 401(k) plans.
Cryptocurrency continues to be a widely used form of currency worldwide, attracting investors to various companies holding virtual assets. On March 10, 2022, the DOL published Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01, issuing a stern warning to plan fiduciaries to exercise extreme care before considering adding cryptocurrencies to a 401(k) plan investment lineup.
The guidance raises many issues for fiduciaries to consider, including (1) fiduciary duty of prudence and personal liability; (2) security risks; (3) recordkeeping and custody questions; (4) valuation challenges; and (5) liquidity and diversification concerns.
Program attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the new DOL guidance on cryptocurrency, appreciation of the “on the ground” obstacles to offering cryptocurrency plan investments, and the ability to issue spot potential applications of the DOL’s cryptocurrency guidance to other types of retirement plan investments.
Listen as our panel discusses critical ERISA compliance issues for plan investments in cryptocurrency and other digital assets, exposure to fiduciaries, transaction and security risks, and best practices for ERISA counsel, plan sponsors, and fiduciaries.
The panel will review these and other key issues: