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Adrienne Scerbak

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; Private Equity; Global Investment Funds; Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Funds and Private Equity


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Adrienne Scerbak is an experienced ERISA attorney whose practice is focused on Title I of ERISA and the investment and management of employee benefit plan assets.

She advises equity, real estate, and hedge funds, collective investment trusts and financial institutions on ERISA's fiduciary rules and the prohibited transaction rules under both ERISA and related regulations under Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code.

She counsels fund clients on achieving and maintaining "operating company" status under the plan assets regulation or restricting benefit plan investor interests so that funds are not deemed to be "plan assets" under ERISA. She has also advised pension plan fiduciaries on their duties under ERISA, particularly with respect to alternative investments.




J.D., Rutgers University; M.A., Rutgers University; B.A., Rutgers University

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) provides the full range of benefits services and has expertise in the design and implementation of qualified retirement plans, ERISA regulation, pension fund investments and welfare benefit plan implementation. Cisco Palao-Ricketts co-heads the practice from Silicon Valley, and has a particular focus on executive compensation in the life sciences and technology sectors. Richard Ashley and Rita Patel also co-head the practice from Chicago and Washington DC respectively; Patel regularly advises public companies on retirement and deferred compensation plans as well as implementing plan failure strategies under IRS and DOL correction programs, and Ashley regularly works with plan administrators on benefit plan compliance and testing issues. New York-based Adrienne Scerbak is a key contact for ERISA Title 1 mandates, and Mark Muedeking is a name to note in the Baltimore office.

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