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Mayer Brown announced today that Erin Cho has joined the firm as a partner in its Employment & Benefits Group in Washington DC, specializing in ERISA Title I fiduciary matters. Ms. Cho was previously at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and most recently Groom Law Group.

“We are excited to have Erin join us,” said Maureen Gorman, a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Employment & Benefits practice. “Erin’s expertise in ERISA fiduciary matters is of critical importance to financial institutions, insurance companies, asset managers and other retirement plan service providers, which makes her an invaluable addition to our practice and a terrific resource for our clients throughout the country. Our focus on being the premier advisor in the private investment fund area, as well as in connection with ERISA fiduciary advice, requires the caliber of counsel that Erin will provide to our clients.”

Ms. Cho advises companies on a wide range of matters involving ERISA’s fiduciary and conflict-of-interest rules. She has extensive experience advising broker-dealers, asset managers and insurance companies with respect to the many and varied services and financial products, including complex structured products and derivatives, provided to US pension plans. Ms. Cho counsels hedge funds and private equity clients on the consequences of accepting investments by benefit plan investors, as well as plan assets and prohibited transaction concerns arising in connection with venture capital investments and corporate transactions.

In addition, Ms. Cho counsels plan sponsors on all aspects of ERISA fiduciary compliance, including plan governance, plan expense issues, and the selection and monitoring of plan investment options. She also represents clients in front of the Department of Labor on advisory opinion and exemption requests as well as in audits and investigations.

“I’ve long admired Mayer Brown’s strength in various key areas, including ERISA, employee benefits and ERISA litigation as well as its strong international footprint and commitment to growth in the funds area,” said Ms. Cho. “I’m delighted to return to a full-service firm, which provides a greater opportunity for me to bring in a broader team of experts to help my clients solve complex challenges.”

“Erin has a strong national reputation and is a well-respected lawyer in the ERISA bar,“ said Raj De, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “Erin has the specialization that we are looking for as we further strengthen our ERISA fiduciary capabilities. Adding top-tier talent in the industry such as Erin is one of our many strategic approaches to ensure we continue delivering full-service excellence.”