Peter E. Haller was a partner in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department and leader for the ERISA fiduciary practice.
Peter advised clients on their employee benefit plans and programs, with an emphasis on the fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction rules under ERISA, including the DOL guidance and court decisions arising out of the Fiduciary Rule and related exemptions. He had significant experience with ERISA issues raised by hedge funds, private equity funds and financial institutions and their broker-dealer, asset management and private bank affiliates. Peter represented clients with their prohibited transaction exemption requests before the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration. He also advised on ERISA and other employee benefits matters in connection with corporate transactions involving asset management and financial services firms.
Peter chaired the New York City Bar Association subcommittee on ERISA Fiduciary Duties, Private Equity and Plan Investments. He served as an adjunct professor and taught several classes with Barry Barbash at Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University Law School on ERISA Fiduciary Duties, the Regulation of Private Funds and Money Managers as Fiduciaries. Peter was a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, recognizing attorneys who have made substantial contributions to the field for at least 20 years. He was also a frequent speaker and lecturer on a wide variety of employee benefits and ERISA related topics.
Prior to returning to Willkie in 2015, Peter was counsel for Credit Suisse in New York, where he served as the global head of the ERISA and Executive Compensation practices, and head of the U.S. Bank Regulatory practice. In this role, he advised Credit Suisse with the development and offering of complex financial products in their investment banking and asset management divisions. Peter was also a Certified Public Accountant.
Speaking Engagements (past five years)
- PLI, “Pension Plan Investments 2020: Current Issues in Plan Investment: Buy-Side Issues” – New York City, October 2020
- Private Equity Compliance With ERISA: Fiduciary Duties in Managing ERISA Plan Assets; Strafford Webinar, September 2020
- Cambridge Forums, Forum on Complex ERISA Fiduciary and Prohibited Transaction Issues, “Fees, Expenses and Conflicts of Interest” – Greenwich, Connecticut, October 2019
- PLI, “ERISA 2019: The Evolving World” – New York City, August 2019
- PLI, Investment Management Institute 2019, “SEC Fiduciary Rule / Regulation Best Interest Proposal” – New York City, March 2019
- PLI, “Platforms and Investment Products – After the DOL Fiduciary Rule” – New York City, August 2018
- PLI, Investment Management Institute 2018, “New Fiduciary World” – New York City, April 2018
- PLI, “Platforms and Investment Products – Post Fiduciary Regulation” – New York City, July 2017
- PLI, “ERISA 2017: The Evolving World” – New York City, March 2017
- PLI, Investment Management Institute 2017, “DOL Fiduciary Role Update” – New York City, March 2017
- PLI, “ERISA 2016: The Evolving World” – New York City, August 2016
- PLI, Pension Plan Investments 2016, “Department of Labor EBSA Hot Topics” – New York City, March 2016
- PLI, Investment Management Institute 2016, “The Definition of Fiduciary: DOL and SEC Perspectives” – New York City, March 2016
- PLI, ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2016, “Financial Institution Marketplace Issues” – New York City, February 2016
- Financial Research Associates, “The Fiduciary Update: Practical Insights” – New York City, October 2015
- SIFMA Society, National Conference, “Developments in Savings and Retirement Plans” – Phoenix AZ, March 2015
- Regulatory Compliance Association, “ERISA Regulation” – New York City, April 2015
- Regulatory Compliance Association, “Emerging Issues for Fund Managers and Investment Advisors” – New York City, April 2014
- SIFMA Society, National Conference, “Dodd Frank: Developments and Prudential Issues” – Orlando, Florida, March 2014
- Author, Chapter 15, Employee Benefit Plan Clients and IRAs: Investment Advisors Law & Compliance (Matthew Bender Rev. Ed)
- “The Basics of Garden Leave – and why careful tilling is needed,” BNA Pension & Benefits Daily August 24, 2011