George Michael Gerstein

George Michael Gerstein

Overview

George Michael Gerstein focuses his practice on advising clients on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He counsels banks, trust companies, broker-dealers, investment managers, private fund (including hedge funds and private equity funds) sponsors, and advisers on their responsibilities under federal law when managing plan assets.

George routinely advises clients on the DOL Fiduciary Rule and other fiduciary developments at the federal and state levels. In addition to ERISA, he counsels clients on fiduciary-like duties and restrictions under other laws, including federal and state banking requirements, and the rules and regulations of governmental plans.

He is regularly interviewed by the financial press on fiduciary matters, and has appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Financial Times, Ignites, Barron’s, Pensions & Investments, Think Advisor, Fund Intelligence, planadviser, PLANSPONSOR and InvestmentNews. George has identified and written about emerging trends that implicate fiduciary duties, such as Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investing and the FX Global Code.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • Certification in Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Memberships

  • Chair, Legal & Regulatory Council for the Association of Institutional INVESTORS

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, DOL Fiduciary Operational Group of the American Bankers Association
  • Panelist, “Regulatory/Litigation Update,” Best of PLANSPONSOR National Conference
  • Speaker, “The DOL, the SEC and the States: Fiduciary Law Developments,” Stradley Ronon Briefing on Fiduciary Law Developments
  • Presenter, “DOL Fiduciary Rule and State Fiduciary Law Developments,” Stradley Ronon’s Investment Management Group Regulatory Update CLE Seminar
  • Speaker, “Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for Compliance Officers,” ACA Compliance Group Compliance Conference
  • Panelist, “The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Done Deal or More to Come?” Institutional Investors Roundtable for Consultants and Institutional Investors
  • Panelist, “DOL Rule and Litigation Update Panel,” AllianceBernstein Retirement Solutions Forum
  • Presenter, “Emerging Trends in the Asset Management Industry,” The Chicago Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee
  • Presenter, “US Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule and Similar State Law Developments,” American Bankers Association
  • Panelist, “DOL Fiduciary Rule,” Association of Institutional INVESTORS’ Market Practices Council Roundtable and Reception
  • Speaker, “DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance Strategies & Action Items – June 9 and Beyond,” Stradley Ronon Investment Management Briefing
  • Speaker, “DOL Proposed Delay of the Controversial Fiduciary Rule and Next Steps,” Stradley Ronon Investment Management Briefing
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