Erek M. Sharp

Partner

Erek M. Sharp
Partner
office New Haven
phone 203-498-4351
fax203-782-2889
emailesharp@wiggin.com
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Biography

Erek M. Sharp is a Partner in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department based in the New Haven office.

Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana, Erek was a partner in the Employee Benefits & Pension Practice Area at a Connecticut law firm. In his practice, Erek frequently analyzes, drafts and amends both qualified and nonqualified plan documents, and has experience counseling a diverse roster of clients in connection with plan implementation, compliance and termination-related matters arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and other applicable laws. He also assists clients in identifying and correcting operational, plan document and fiduciary failures under the EPCRS and VFCP guidelines, and has negotiated correction methods and related excise tax issues with the IRS and the DOL.

Erek also counsels clients with regard to their fiduciary obligations and fiduciary "best practices," and has provided advice in connection with prohibited transaction issues and the application of related class or statutory exemptions. In addition, Erek has prepared applications on behalf of clients for individual exemptions.

Erek advises plan sponsors, named fiduciaries, trustees and investment advisers in connection with the investment of benefit plan assets in both traditional and alternative investment vehicles (both domestic and offshore), including plan asset funds, VCOCs and REOCs, and reviews and negotiates the terms of related advisory/service agreements and fund documents. In the fund formation context, he has counseled clients in connection with their fiduciary obligations when operating funds that hold pension assets.

Erek also counsels clients in connection with benefits and compensation issues arising in merger and acquisition transactions. In addition, he has advised clients in connection with the design and implementation of various types of non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements, change in control agreements and severance/separation pay programs and agreements, as well as their reporting and disclosure obligations with respect thereto.

He is a member of the board for the Connecticut Chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators and Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp.

Erek earned his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and his B.A. in History from the University of Maine.

Erek is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Memberships

  • CT Chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators, 2012 - Present

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office New Haven
phone 203-498-4351
fax203-782-2889
emailesharp@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Maine, B.A., 1995

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New York


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