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George Michael Gerstein to Speak at ACA’s Fall Compliance Conference

September 19, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon Fiduciary Governance Group Co-Chair George Michael Gerstein will serve as a panelist at ACA’s 2018 Fall Compliance Conference on Oct. 5 in Scottsdale, AZ. Gerstein’s panel, “Navigating the Demand for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policies,” will discuss how compliance intersects with ESG, and the roles compliance officers can expect to play when developing and maintaining an ESG program.

Gerstein advises financial institutions on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. As co-chair of the fiduciary governance group, he assists clients with tracking, and understanding, the numerous fiduciary developments at the federal and state levels, including the rules and regulations of governmental plans. He also advises clients with respect to the fiduciary duty implications of ESG investing.

Stradley’s fiduciary governance group counsels investment committees and intermediaries, such as investment advisers, banks, broker-dealers, retirement plan/IRA service providers, insurance providers and mutual fund directors, by identifying and making sense of this regulatory patchwork and helping clients understand the interplay of federal and state rules on 1) whether they owe a fiduciary or best interest duty to their customers, and 2) if so, the specific requirements that flow from such status. Moreover, the group keeps clients ahead of the curve by identifying emerging trends in the fiduciary landscape, such as environmental, social & governance (ESG) investing, through, webinars and written alerts. The fiduciary governance group also actively tracks the burgeoning state legislative efforts to impose fiduciary or comparable investment advice standards of care.

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