Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

 Anthony Dreyspool

Anthony A. Dreyspool

Phone: 212.288.9165
Fax: 212.537.0239
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Anthony A. Dreyspool is an Attorney in the firm’s Benefits & Compensation, Tax and Funds & Alternative Investments practices.  He concentrates his practice on fiduciary responsibility under ERISA, particularly as it relates to the investment of ERISA plan assets. He has a particular focus on how these rules apply to investment funds.  Mr. Dreyspool also advises clients on how to comply with the important VCOC (Venture Capital Operating Company) and REOC (Real Estate Operating Company) exemptions in the Department of Labor’s "plan asset" regulations that many funds rely upon in order to avoid having to comply with ERISA plan asset rules. Mr. Dreyspool advises clients, including prominent investment managers and ERISA plan sponsors, on compliance with ERISA’s rules regarding fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions.

In connection with his representation of plan fiduciaries, Mr. Dreyspool resolves disputes between his clients and the U.S. Department of Labor. He obtains advisory opinions and prohibited transaction exemptions from the Department of Labor.

Mr. Dreyspool’s work includes:

  • Structuring major U.S. and international investment funds to comply with ERISA rules and regulations or to avoid “plan asset” treatment under the DOL regulations.
  • Advising investment fund managers and employers on an annual basis regarding their compliance with ERISA
  • Analyzing and structuring transactions involving plan assets to avoid prohibited transactions and breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Obtaining advisory opinions and prohibited transaction exemptions from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mr Dreyspool was awarded the title of Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association in recognition of his substantial commitment to pro bono service.  He obtained substantial damage awards for Hurricane Katrina victims from FEMA and HUD.