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Pension and Benefits

Our Pensions and Benefits group offers clients leading legal services as outlined below.

We review, draft or negotiate language for pension plans, executive compensation arrangements, retiring allowances, retirement compensation and deferred income arrangements, employee share ownership plans, investment management agreements, registered retirement savings plans, profit sharing plans, statements of investment policies and procedures, and employee benefit provisions of sales agreements. We also provide guidance on equity compensation, pay-for-performance, and flexible benefits.

We provide opinions on such issues as surplus entitlement under pension documentation, “contribution holidays”, fiduciary responsibility, the authority of plan administrators, plan governance issues, the tax treatment to be accorded to various pension, health and welfare arrangements, benefit splitting on marriage breakdown, pension plan mergers and spin-offs, retiring allowance payments, employee perquisites, the designation of beneficiaries, and the eligibility of investments for tax-sheltered or registered pension and other funds. 

Our Lawyers

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Mark W. Chu Partner mchu@farris.com 604 661 1738
Alan J. Hamilton, Q.C. Senior Counsel ahamilton@farris.com 604 661 9320