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Pooled Employer Plans (“PEPs”): Putting a little PEP in a 401k retirement plan could help to protect your Portfolio Companies

Set against the backdrop of the continuing wave of ERISA litigation that is being brought against employers who sponsor retirement plans, Pooled Employer Plans (“PEPs”) are emerging in the US retirement plan marketplace as an alternative that may limit employers’ risk of retirement plan-related litigation. There have been over 220 ERISA class action suits filed in connection with retirement plans since 2018, and the top ten ERISA settlements for 2021 alone totaled $840 million in the aggregate. Since ERISA litigation is a serious and relevant concern, many plan sponsors, including private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, would benefit from evaluating whether a PEP is a viable retirement plan solution for them.

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PErspectives: Private Equity Industry Insights | Spring 2021


Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: Private Equity, Asset Management, Private Funds Industries: Private Equity, Investment Management, Financial Institutions

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 PE Industry Insights


Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of PErspectives – our periodic publication featuring news, trends and legal developments in the private equity (PE) industry. In this issue, we look at 2021 and beyond as we explore the state of PE in a post-pandemic world and in the wake of significant political developments across the globe. 

With a view to how markets are impacting PE stakeholders in a variety of industries and geographies, our contributors examine these and other probing questions:


  • What should PE investors and portfolio companies expect as markets settle into a new normal post-COVID?
  • How will the new U.S. administration and Brexit shape the global PE landscape?
  • How are the U.S. financing markets faring after months of upheaval?
  • What key trends are emerging in the telehealth sector?
  • Why should asset managers consider long-hold investment strategies?
  • What are some key risks and benefits from using IP in tech deals?

As always, we encourage you to submit questions or share topics of interest for future issues by clicking here.

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