About Robert A. Stone

Robert Stone helps investment managers and other financial institutions understand the legal implications of accepting investments from ERISA and other benefit plan investors. He steers the managers of hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles through the fiduciary duty obligations and other restrictions that govern these heavily regulated plans. Robert also advises on the structuring of other financial products and offerings to comply with ERISA. In addition, he advises plan sponsors on ERISA compliance matters and best practices for plan governance. He also designs corporate compensation programs, including benefits packages in the context of merger and acquisitions.

Answering novel questions

Hedge funds and private equity funds regularly design new investment structures and vehicles that raise novel legal questions. With more than two decades of experience analyzing financial products around the world, Robert finds sensible answers to technical issues even when the regulations are less than clear.

Robert frequently helps clients understand the Department of Labor's highly technical rules governing fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions, allowing them to manage and invest funds from benefit plans. Often, he advises clients on structuring investment vehicles to comply with ERISA, as well as counseling clients when such investments may be organized to avoid the application of ERISA. He has also resolved issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code involving the investment of funds of wealthy private individuals.

Robert has worked with financial institutions in every major financial center, including London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris and Singapore.

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Practice Focus

  • ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction matters
  • Structuring of investment funds and other vehicles for compliance with ERISA
  • Plan operation and governance
  • Executive compensation

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