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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
Proposed Exemptions; Real Estate Equity Trust No. 1 (the Trust) [Notices] [12/17/1996]

EBSA (Formerly PWBA) Federal Register Notice

Proposed Exemptions; Real Estate Equity Trust No. 1 (the Trust) [12/17/1996]

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Volume 61, Number 243, Page 66314-66333

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
[Application No. D-10227 and 10232, et al.]

 
Proposed Exemptions; Real Estate Equity Trust No. 1 (the Trust)

AGENCY: Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of proposed exemptions.

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SUMMARY: This document contains notices of pendency before the 
Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from 
certain of the prohibited transaction restriction of the Employee 
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act) and/or the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).

Written Comments and Hearing Requests

    Unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Proposed Exemption, all 
interested persons are invited to submit written comments, and with 
respect to exemptions involving the fiduciary prohibitions of section 
406(b) of the Act, requests for hearing within 45 days from the date of 
publication of this Federal Register Notice. Comments and request for a 
hearing should state: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of 
the person making the comment or request, and (2) the nature of the 
person's interest in the exemption and the manner in which the person 
would be adversely affected by the exemption. A request for a hearing 
must also state the issues to be addressed and include a general 
description of the evidence to be presented at the hearing. A request 
for a hearing must also state the issues to be addressed and include a 
general description of the evidence to be presented at the hearing.

ADDRESSES: All written comments and request for a hearing (at least 
three copies) should be sent to the Pension and Welfare Benefits 
Administration, Office of Exemption Determinations, Room N-5649, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 
20210. Attention: Application No. stated in each Notice of Proposed 
Exemption. The applications for exemption and the comments received 
will be available for public inspection in the Public Documents Room of 
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Room N-5507, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Notice of the proposed exemptions will be provided to all 
interested persons in the manner agreed upon by the applicant and the 
Department within 15 days of the date of publication in the Federal 
Register. Such notice shall include a copy of the notice of proposed 
exemption as published in the Federal Register and shall inform 
interested persons of their right to comment and to request a hearing 
(where appropriate).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed exemptions were requested in 
applications filed pursuant to section 408(a) of the Act and/or section 
4975(c)(2) of the Code, and in accordance with procedures set forth in 
29 CFR Part 2570, Subpart B (55 FR 32836, 32847, August 10, 1990). 
Effective December 31, 1978, section 102 of Reorganization Plan No. 4 
of 1978 (43 FR 47713, October 17, 1978) transferred the authority of 
the Secretary of the Treasury to issue exemptions of the type requested 
to the Secretary of Labor. Therefore, these notices of proposed 
exemption are issued solely by the Department.
    The applications contain representations with regard to the 
proposed exemptions which are summarized below. Interested persons are 
referred to the applications on file with the Department for a complete 
statement of the facts and representations.

Real Estate Equity Trust No. 1 (the Trust), et al. Located in 
Cincinnati, OH

[Exemption Application Nos. D-10227 and D-10232]

Proposed Exemption

    The Department is considering granting an exemption under the 
authority of section 408(a) of the Act and section 4975(c)(2) of the 
Code and in accordance with the procedures set forth in 29 CFR Part 
2570, Subpart B (55 FR 32836, August 10, 1990). If the exemption is 
granted, the restrictions of sections 406(a), 406 (b)(1) and (b)(2) of 
the Act and the sanctions resulting from the application of section 
4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1) (A) through (E) of 
the Code, shall not apply to the purchase of units in the Trust by 
certain multiemployer pension plans (the Plans) that will enable State 
Street Global Advisors, Inc. (SSGA), the independent fiduciary for the 
Plans investing in the Trust, to make initial and subsequent equity 
investments on behalf of the Trust, in the Cincinnati Development Group 
Limited Partnership (the Partnership), which may result in a benefit 
inuring to Fifth Third Bank (Fifth Third), the trustee of the Trust and 
a party in interest with respect to the Plans.
    This proposed exemption is subject to the following conditions:
    (a) Each Plan investing in the Trust has total assets that are in 
excess of $50 million.
    (b) No Plan that purchases units in the Trust that will permit the 
Partnership investment has, immediately following the acquisition of 
such units, more than 5 percent of its assets invested therein.
    (c) The decision to purchase units in the Trust that will allow 
SSGA to make the initial and any subsequent equity contributions to the 
Partnership is made by a Plan fiduciary (the Second Fiduciary) which is 
independent of Fifth Third and its affiliates and which is not SSGA.
    (d) As independent fiduciary for the Trust, SSGA determines 
whether--
    (1) It is in the best interests of the Trust and the Plans 
participating therein to make the initial and subsequent investments in 
the Partnership;
    (2) It is appropriate for the Trust to assign, transfer, pledge or 
otherwise encumber its interest in the Partnership provided the Trust 
obtains written consent from Cincinnati Development Group, LLC (CDG);
    (3) It is appropriate for the Trust to withdraw as a limited 
partner from the Partnership or to withdraw its capital from such 
Partnership provided the Trust obtains the written consent of CDG;
    (4) It is appropriate for the Trust to consent to the sale by CDG 
of substantially all of the assets of the Partnership or the transfer 
by CDG of its interest in the Partnership to a third party;
    (5) It is appropriate for the Trust to contribute to the 
Partnership the amount necessary to complete construction of the 
Fountain Square West Project and to require that CDG release control of 
the Partnership to an entity designated by the Trust, if CDG fails to 
provide for construction cost overruns;
    (6) It is appropriate for the Trust to elect to continue the 
Partnership by appointing a successor general partner.
    (7) An entity designated by the Trust to serve as general partner 
is appropriate upon the occurrence of (d)(5) or (d)(6).
    (e) At the time the Partnership investment is made, the terms of 
the transaction are at least as favorable to each Plan participating in 
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those obtainable in an arm's length transaction with an unrelated 
party.
    (f) Prior to investing in the Partnership, Fifth Third provides 
SSGA and the Second Fiduciary of each Plan participating in the Trust 
with offering materials disclosing all material facts concerning the 
purpose, structure and operation of the Partnership.
    (g) Subsequent to investing in the Partnership, the Trust and SSGA 
receive the following ongoing information from CDG:
    (1) Within 120 days after the end of the Partnership's fiscal year, 
an unaudited annual report containing--
    (A) A balance sheet and statements of income, Partners' equity, 
changes in financial position and cash flow for the year then ended;
    (B) A report of the activities of the Partnership during the period 
covered by the report; and
    (C) An itemization of any fees or payments made to CDG or any 
related party or affiliate.
    (2) Within 60 days of the end of each year, an appraisal report, 
prepared by a qualified, independent appraiser, of each property held 
in the Partnership.
    (3) Periodically (but not less frequently than quarterly), 
operating and development budgets of the Partnership as well as 
unaudited operations and financial reports. (Information with respect 
to the Partnership is disseminated by Fifth Third to the Second 
Fiduciaries of Plans investing in the Trust through annual audited 
financial statements of the Trust, prepared by independent, certified 
public accountants and in quarterly communications setting forth 
Partnership financial data. SSGA will also be given copies of this 
information.)
    (h) As to each Plan participating in the Trust, the total fees paid 
to Fifth Third will constitute no more than ``reasonable compensation'' 
within the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.
    (i) Fifth Third maintains, for a period of six years, the records 
necessary to enable the persons described in paragraph (j) to determine 
whether the conditions of this exemption have been met, except that--
    (1) A prohibited transaction will not be considered to have 
occurred if, due to circumstances beyond the control of Fifth Third 
and/or its affiliates, the records are lost or destroyed prior to the 
end of the six year period; and
    (2) No party in interest other than Fifth Third shall be subject to 
the civil penalty that may be assessed under section 502(i) of the Act, 
or to the taxes imposed by section 4975 (a) and (b) of the Code, if the 
records are not maintained, or are not available for examination as 
required below by paragraph (j).
    (j)(1) Except as provided in section (i)(2) of this paragraph and 
notwithstanding any provisions of subsections (a)(2) and (b) of section 
504 of the Act, the records referred to in paragraph (i) are 
unconditionally available at their customary location during normal 
business hours by:
    (A) Any duly authorized employee or representative of the 
Department or the Internal Revenue Service;
    (B) Any fiduciary of a participating Plan or any duly authorized 
representative of such fiduciary;
    (C) Any contributing employer to any participating Plan or any duly 
authorized employee representative of such employer; and
    (D) Any participant or beneficiary of any participating Plan, or 
any duly authorized representative of such participant or beneficiary.
    (j)(2) None of the persons described above in paragraphs (j)(1)(B)-
(j)(1)(D) of this paragraph (j) are authorized to examine the trade 
secrets of Fifth Third or commercial or financial information which is 
privileged or confidential.

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. The Trust was originally established on December 1, 1987 by a 
trust agreement between Fifth Third, as trustee, and the International 
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212 Pension Fund (the IBEW 
Pension Plan), as beneficiary. The purpose of the Trust is to make 
equity investments in real estate development projects that are located 
within a 100 mile radius of Greater Cincinnati. As a condition 
precedent to any investment by the Trust, all project work must be 
performed by union labor.<SUP>1
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     1 This proposed exemption provides no relief with respect to 
any violations of section 404 of the Act.
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    The Trust is a group trust, exempt from taxation under section 
501(a) of the Code pursuant to the principles of Revenue Ruling 81-100, 
1981-1 C.B. 326. Under the terms of the Trust, the initial investment 
by a Plan must be at least $500,000.\2\
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    \2\ It is represented that the purchase or redemption of units 
in the Trust by the investing Plans would be statutorily exempt 
under section 408(b)(8) of the Act. In this regard, the Department 
expresses no opinion herein on whether such transactions would 
satisfy the terms and conditions of section 408(b)(8) of the Act.
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    Thereafter, a Plan may make additional contributions in increments 
of $100,000. Although there are no minimum or maximum limits imposed by 
the Trust on the portion of the total assets of any Plan that may be 
invested therein, such investment must be approved initially by a 
Second Fiduciary.
    The Trust has been established for an indefinite duration. However, 
it may be terminated upon (a) the resignation or termination of Fifth 
Third, (b) the adoption by the Board of Directors (or the Executive 
Committee) of Fifth Third of a resolution directing the termination and 
liquidation of the Trust or (c) a vote of 75 percent of the beneficial 
interests in the Trust to remove Fifth Third.
    2. Fifth Third, the trustee of the Trust, is a regional bank 
headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of August 3, 1995, Fifth Third 
had over $14 billion in assets and its trust department had over $7 
billion in assets under management. Fifth Third has legal title and 
sole investment discretion over all of the assets of the Trust and is 
permitted under the terms of the Trust Agreement to acquire new equity 
real estate investments, distribute income received to investing Plans 
and to maintain Trust records. Fifth Third represents that before 
investing Trust assets in a specific equity investment, it must 
determine whether the investment is expected to have a rate of return 
at least equal to or greater than comparable investments which do not 
use union labor.
    For services rendered to the Trust, Fifth Third will receive the 
following annual compensation: $15 per $1,000 on the first $5 million 
invested; $10 per $1,000 on the next $10 million invested; $5 per 
$1,000 on the next $15 million invested; and $3 per million on the next 
$25 million invested. According to the applicant, as to each Plan 
investing in the Trust, the total fees paid to Fifth Third will 
constitute no more than reasonable compensation within the meaning of 
section 408(b)(2) of the Act.<SUP>3
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     3 The Department expresses no opinion herein on whether such 
fees will satisfy the terms and conditions of section 408(b)(2) of 
the Act.
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    3. There are currently five Plans participating in the Trust, none 
of which are sponsored by Fifth Third or any of its affiliates. These 
Plans are the IBEW Pension Plan, the Pipefitters and Mechanical 
Equipment Service Union Local 392 Pension Fund (the Pipefitters Pension 
Plan), the Ironworkers District Council for Southern Ohio and Vicinity 
Pension Fund (the Ironworkers Pension Plan), the Southwest Ohio 
District Council of Carpenters' Pension Fund (the Carpenters Pension 
Plan) and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 265 
Pension Fund (the Laborers Pension Plan).
    As the following table shows, each Plan investing in the Trust has 
total assets that are in excess of $50 million.

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              Plan                Total assets        Valuation date    
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IBEW Pension Plan..............    $115,500,000  Mar. 31, 1996.         
Pipefitters Pension Plan.......     172,654,000  Mar. 31, 1996.         
Ironworkers Pension Plan.......     395,000,000  Jan. 31, 1996.         
Carpenters Pension Plan........     132,696,000  Mar. 31, 1996.         
Laborers Pension Plan..........      64,496,000  Mar. 31, 1996.         
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    In addition, as of March 31, 1996, each Plan's investment in the 
Trust was reported as follows:

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                                                                  Value of trust   Percentage of   Percentage of
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IBEW Pension Plan...............................................      $3,588,796              28             3.1
Pipefitters Pension Plan........................................       3,097,902              24             2.0
Ironworkers Pension Plan........................................       2,686,711              21             0.7
Carpenters Pension Plan.........................................       2,441,064              19             1.8
Laborers Pension Plan...........................................         908,672               8             1.4
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      Total Assetts.............................................      12,723,145  ..............  ..............
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    4. The Plans are not parties in interest with respect to each other 
within the meaning of section 3(14) of the Act nor do they share common 
participants. Investment decisions for the Plans are made by separate 
boards of trustees. The geographic jurisdictions for the Plans cover 
various counties that are primarily located in the States of Ohio, 
Indiana and Kentucky. Participants in the Plans are engaged in diverse 
trades ranging from electrical work to general construction labor. As 
of December 5, 1996, there were approximately 14,349 participants in 
all of the Plans investing in the Trust with the participant level 
ranging from 1,500 participants for the IBEW Pension Plan to 6,243 
participants for the Ironworkers Pension Plan.

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                           Plan                             participants
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IBEW Pension Plan.........................................        1,500 
Pipefitters Pension Plan..................................        1,400 
Ironworkers Pension Plan..................................        6,243 
Carpenters Pension Plan...................................        3,655 
Laborers Pension Plan.....................................        1,551 
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      Total...............................................       14,349 
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    5. CDG is a limited liability company maintaining its principal 
offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. CDG's members are Belvedere Corp., The 
Madison Realty Partnership, Towne/Center City LLC and Duke Realty 
Limited Partnership. These entities are commercial real estate 
developers from the Greater Cincinnati area. CDG was formed on March 
24, 1995 for the purpose of developing a 210,000 square foot retail 
complex in downtown Cincinnati known as ``Fountain Square West.'' Once 
developed, the Fountain Square West Project will include a three-story 
anchor retail store (the Lazarus Department Store), a two-story 
specialty retail center, an office tower and an underground parking 
garage. As discussed below, the Lazarus Department Store, the retail 
stores and the parking garage will be held by the Partnership. A 
portion of the ground comprising the Fountain Square West site, the 
related air rights, a building pad for the future development of an 
office building (including the office building) and the exclusive 
rights to 20 spaces in the underground parking garage will be held by 
Fifth Third.
    6. The Partnership will be a limited partnership organized under 
the laws of the State of Ohio and it will maintain its principal office 
at 500 Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio. The primary purposes of the 
Partnership are to develop, improve, own, manage and lease real estate. 
It is intended that the Partnership will constitute a real estate 
operating company.<SUP>4 CDG will serve as the general partner of the 
Partnership and the Trust will serve as the sole limited partner.
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     <SUP>4 According to the Partnership Agreement, the Partnership 
will function as a ``real estate operating company'' within the 
meaning of regulation section 29 CFR 2510.3-101(e). Accordingly, it 
is represented that transactions involving assets of the Partnership 
will not be deemed to involve plan assets and will not be subject to 
the prohibited transaction provisions of the Act. The Department 
expresses no opinion in this proposed exemption on whether the 
Partnership will qualify as a real estate operating company.
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    To raise equity capital for the Partnership, CDG will make a 
capital contribution of approximately $1.5 million. As for the Trust, 
Second Fiduciaries of the IBEW Pension Plan, the Pipefitters Pension 
Plan, the Carpenters Pension Plan and the Laborers Pension Plan have 
agreed to make an aggregate capital contribution to the Partnership of 
up to $7 million by purchasing additional units in the Trust.<SUP>5 The 
Plans will contribute to the Partnership as follows:
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     <SUP>5 It is represented that the Trust currently has 
approximately $500,000 in liquid assets which is available for 
investment in the Partnership. As a result, if less than $6.5 
million in units are subscribed for by the Plans, the Trust will 
combine those proceeds with its existing liquid assets to make the 
$7 million investment in the Partnership.

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                                                                    Allocation        Amount       Percentage of
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IBEW Pension Plan...............................................            30.8      $2,156,000             1.8
Pipefitters Pension Plan........................................            30.8       2,156,000             1.2
Carpenters Pension Plan.........................................            30.8       2,156,000             1.6
Laborers Pension Plan...........................................            07.6         532,000             0.8
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      Total.....................................................  ..............       7,000,000  ..............
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    Although the Second Fiduciaries of the Ironworkers Pension Plan 
have declined to purchase additional units in the Trust at this time, 
it is represented that this Plan will have a pro rata interest in the 
Trust that will include a portion of the Partnership interest.<SUP>6 
After the units are acquired, no Plan, including the Ironworkers 
Pension Plan, will have more than 5 percent of its assets invested in 
the Trust. In addition, the Trust will not be required to pay any 
unrelated business income tax in connection with the Partnership 
investment.
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     <SUP>6 The Department notes that section 404(a)(1) of the Act 
requires, among other things, that a fiduciary of a plan must act 
prudently, solely in the interest of the plan's participants and 
beneficiaries, and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits 
to participants and beneficiaries. In order to act prudently in 
making investment decisions, a plan fiduciary must consider, among 
other factors, the availability, riskiness and potential return of 
alternative investments for the plan. Investing the Trust's assets 
in the Partnership would not satisfy section 404(a)(1) of the Act if 
such investment provided the Trust with less return in comparison to 
risk than comparable investments available to the Trust, or if 
investment in the Partnership involved a greater risk to the 
security of the Trust's assets than other investments offering a 
similar return.
    The Department has construed the requirements that a fiduciary 
act solely in the interest of, and for the exclusive purpose of 
providing benefits to, participants and beneficiaries as prohibiting 
a fiduciary from subordinating the interests of participants and 
beneficiaries in their retirement income to unrelated objectives. 
Thus, in deciding whether and to what extent to invest in the 
Partnership, SSGA must consider only factors relating to the 
interests of the Trust. A decision to invest in the Partnership may 
not be influenced by a desire to stimulate the real estate industry 
and generate employment by union labor unless the investment, when 
judged solely on the basis of its economic value to the Trust would 
be equal or superior to alternative investments available to the 
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    7. Aside from the capital contributions made by CDG and the Trust 
to the Partnership, the city of Cincinnati (the City) will grant 
financial incentives to the development of the Fountain Square West 
Project of up to $22 million. These financial incentives consist of--
    (a) The City's Purchase of the Downtown Lazarus Department Store. 
On October 19, 1995, the City agreed to purchase the downtown Lazarus 
Store location from Federated Department Stores, Inc. (Federated) for 
$11,775,000. (The property was eventually transferred to the City on 
January 4, 1996.) This acquisition provided funding which enabled 
Federated to enter into another lease agreement (the Anchor Tenant 
Lease) with CDG that would make a new Lazarus Department Store the 
anchor tenant for the Fountain Square West Project. Under the terms of 
the Anchor Tenant Lease, Federated must pay CDG $9,675,000 for tenant 
improvements to the portion of the Fountain Square West Project leased 
by Federated. In addition, Federated must pay CDG an initial rental 
payment of $2,100,000. Following CDG's assignment of the Anchor Tenant 
Lease to the Partnership, Federated will make the aforementioned rental 
payments to the Partnership.
    (b) The City's Issuance of Bonds (the City Bonds). On May 15, 1996, 
the City issued bonds in the face amount of $10,225,000. The proceeds 
of the City Bond issue were transferred by the City to CDG on May 16, 
1996. Such proceeds will be given by CDG to the Partnership after CDG 
assigns its long-term ground lease with the City (the City Lease) 
<SUP>7 to the Partnership. The City Bonds will be used as a funding 
source for the Fountain Square West Project and they must be repaid to 
the City with interest over a period of twenty years. To repay the 
City, CDG has negotiated a property tax abatement on the Fountain 
Square West Project during the period that the City Bonds are 
outstanding. It is intended that the abatement will reduce the 
Partnership's cash outflows that would be required to pay the property 
taxes.
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     <SUP>7 On October 19, 1995, the City and CDG entered into a 
written lease of the property comprising the Fountain Square West 
Project, including the air rights, for a basic term minimum total 
rental amount of $10,225,000 plus certain ``percentage rent.'' The 
City Lease provides that while the City Bonds are outstanding, the 
annual base rent will be equal to the City's annual repayment 
obligation obligation on the City Bonds. That amount is $827,567 
(interest only) through 1998 and approximately $1,115,000 per year 
until the City Bonds are repaid. All interest and principal due on 
the City Bonds are to be paid off in 2016, which is 20 years from 
the date of their issuance. After the City Bonds are repaid, the 
base rent under the City Lease will be $1 per year.
    In addition, during the period before the City Bonds are fully 
repaid (i.e., before 2016) the City Lease provides for additional 
annual rent of 3 percent of the gross rents received during the year 
by the Partnership in excess of $3 million. Although no gross rents 
are projected during the initial 10 years of the Fountain Square 
West Project, after the City Bonds are fully paid, the City Lease 
will provide for annual rent of 3 percent of gross rents received by 
the Parnership during the year.
    The term of the City Lease has not yet commenced but it is 
contingent upon whether an office building, to be located on the 
Fountain Square West site, is ever constructed. If there is no 
office building constructed within 45 years, the City Lease will 
expire, provided, however, that CDG will have two additional 10 year 
options to extend such lease, thereby making the maximum term of the 
City Lease 65 years. Assuming the office building is constructed 
within 45 years, the City Lease will expire after a term of 65 
years, provided, however, that CDG has three, additional 10 year 
options to extend the lease, thereby making the maximum term of the 
City Lease 95 years. Aside from paying rent, CDG is required under 
the City Lease to pay all utilities and real estate taxes with 
respect to the property.
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    8. Thus, based upon the foregoing, the Plans and CDG will make a 
total investment in the Partnership of $8.5 million. As additional 
sources of capital, the Partnership will receive the $10,225,000 in 
proceeds from the City Bonds that have been issued by the City and the 
$5.5 million in proceeds from the Partnership's air rights lease (the 
Air Rights Lease) <SUP>8 with Fifth Third (see also Representation 13). 
As a result, the total amount available to the Partnership for 
construction will be $24,225,000. It is represented that these 
construction funds will be greater than the budgeted construction costs 
of $24,045,000, which include a ``contingency cushion'' of $3.5 
million.
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     <SUP>8 The Air Rights Lease was entered into by and between CDG 
and Fifth Third on September 7, 1995. It permits CDG to sublease a 
portion of the ground comprising the Fountain Square West site, 
related air rights and exclusive rights to 20 underground parking 
spaces to Fifth Third for a lump sum rental of $3.5 million. 
Although the initial term of the Air Rights Lease is 45 years, the 
lease has not yet commenced, it will coincide with the term of the 
City Lease and is similarly contingent on whether Fifth Third ever 
has an office building constructed on the subject property. Assuming 
the office building is constructed, the initial term of the Air 
Rights Lease will be automatically extended to 65 years. Afterwards, 
the Air Rights Lease may be extended by the parties for three 
successive 10 year periods, thereby making the maximum lease term 95 
years.
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    9. If, however, construction costs exceed the budgeted funds 
available to CDG for the construction of the Fountain Square West 
Project, it is represented that there are several safeguards in place 
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the Trust's responsibility for any cost overruns. In this regard, CDG 
has posted a letter of credit with the City in the amount of $500,000 
to assure the City that CDG will perform its obligations under the City 
Lease including the Partnership's obligation to construct the Fountain 
Square West Project. In addition, Warm Brothers Construction Company 
(Warm) and Duke Realty Investments, Inc. (Duke) have provided the City 
with guarantees with respect to the completion of the Fountain Square 
West Project.<SUP>9 Further, the Partnership Agreement requires CDG to 
provide additional capital in excess of $24,045,000. CDG may exercise 
this option by contributing additional capital or by selling 
subordinate equity in the Partnership to a third party. Such equity 
will not affect the Trust's preferred return or percentage of cash flow 
distributions made to the Trust described in Representation 10. Only if 
the foregoing safeguards fail to provide sufficient financing, will the 
Trust ever be confronted with the decision on whether to make 
additional contributions to the Partnership or to remove CDG as the 
general partner.
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     <SUP>9 Although financial information for Warm is not 
available, it is represented that as of November 1996, Duke had 
gross revenues of over $150 million, net operating income of over 
$110 million, net income of over $42 million, free and clear cash 
flow in excess of $10 million, a stock capitalization of over $1 
billion and a total market value in excess of $1.4 billion.
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    After construction of the Fountain Square West Project is 
completed, if CDG determines that additional capital is needed for its 
operations, both it and the Trust may make additional contributions in 
accordance with their respective cash flow allocations as set forth 
below in Representation 10. If the Trust declines to make its share of 
the contribution, CDG may lend the amount requested to the Partnership.
    10. The Partnership Agreement states that cash flow participation 
<SUP>10 will be as follows and will be paid to the extent available in 
the following order of priority:
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     <SUP>10 The Partnership Agreement defines cash flow for any 
fiscal year as all revenues relating to such fiscal year received by 
the Partnership from the operation of the Fountain Square West 
Project less all Partnership cash expenditures of any kind with 
respect to such fiscal year.
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    o First Tier: Payment of interest and principal on any loan from 
CDG.
    o Second Tier: Payment of a 9 percent preferred return to the 
Trust.
    o Third Tier: Payment of a 9 percent preferred return to the 
CDG.\11\
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    \11\ The Partnership Agreement states that the 9 percent 
preferred return for both the Trust and CDG is calculated on the 
basis of capital contributions, less extraordinary cash flow 
distributions and liquidating distributions.
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    o Fourth Tier: Any remaining cash flow is distributed 42.5 percent 
to the Trust and 57.5 percent to CDG.\12\
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    \12\ Remaining cash flow will be calculated twice a year as of 
June 30 and September 30 and will be distributed no later than 90 
days after such dates.
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    The applicant represents that the cash flow participations by the 
Trust and CDG were determined on the basis of arm's length negotiations 
between the parties over a period of several months. The applicant also 
represents that the percentages reflect many factors, including (a) the 
efforts by CDG to negotiate the City Lease (along with financial 
incentives from the City), (b) the efforts of CDG to negotiate the 
Anchor Tenant Lease and the assignment of that lease to the 
Partnership, (c) the efforts by CDG to negotiate the Air Rights Lease 
with Fifth Third and the assignment of that lease to the Partnership, 
(d) the responsibility of CDG for cost overruns during construction and 
for any losses of the Partnership, (e) the capital contribution of CDG, 
and (f) the preferred return provided to the Trust.
    11. With respect to investments in the Partnership, it is 
represented that the Trust and SSGA will receive the following 
information from CDG:
    (a) Within 120 days after the end of the Partnership's fiscal year, 
an unaudited annual report containing (1) a balance sheet and 
statements of income, Partners' equity, changes in financial position 
and cash flow for the year then ended; (2) a report of the activities 
of the Partnership during the period covered by the report; and (3) an 
itemization of any payments or fees made to CDG or any related party or 
affiliate.
    (b) Within 60 days of the end of each year, an appraisal report 
prepared by a qualified, independent appraiser, of each property held 
by the Partnership.
    (c) Periodically (but not less frequently than quarterly), 
operating and development budgets of the Partnership as well as 
unaudited operations and financial reports.
    In addition, Fifth Third will furnish information with respect to 
the Partnership to the Second Fiduciaries of Plans investing in the 
Trust through annual audited financial statements of the Trust, 
prepared by independent, certified public accountants and in quarterly 
communications setting forth Partnership financial data. SSGA will also 
receive copies of this information.
    12. The Partnership may be dissolved upon the earlier of any of the 
following events: (a) The disposition of all or substantially all of 
the assets of the Partnership, as determined by CDG in its sole 
discretion, and the receipt of the final payment of the purchase price 
for the retail improvements comprising the Fountain Square West Project 
that are owned by the Partnership; (b) the unanimous agreement of CDG 
and the Trust to terminate and dissolve the Partnership; (c) the 
withdrawal, expulsion, adjudication of bankruptcy, insolvency, 
dissolution or other cessation of CDG to exist as a legal entity unless 
a substitute general partner and limited partner elect to continue the 
business of the Partnership; or (d) December 31, 2095 which is the 
expiration of the Partnership.
    Upon liquidation, the Partnership Agreement provides for the making 
of distributions as follows:
    o First: An amount necessary to satisfy any reserve for contingent 
liabilities.
    o Second: Payment of interest and principal on any loan from CDG.
    o Third: Payment to the Trust for any unpaid cumulative preferred 
return.
    o Fourth: Payment to CDG for any unpaid cumulative paid return.
    o Fifth: Payment to the Trust and CDG in the ratio of their 
respective capital contributions up to the amount of their respective 
capital contributions.
    o Sixth: Balance to be distributed 42.5 percent to the Trust and 
57.5 percent to CDG.
    The procedure for making the liquidating distributions is reflected 
in a report of the Fountain Square West Project that was prepared by 
Carey Leggett Realty Advisors (CLRA) of Columbus, Ohio on January 15, 
1996. At the time of liquidation, CLRA assumes that that the sales 
price for the Fountain Square West Project will be $16,989,000 in the 
year 2008. Of that amount, the Trust will receive $10,607,825 (or 62 
percent of the sale proceeds). This amount consists of $7 million of 
returned capital stemming from the Trust's initial investment and 42.5 
percent of the balance after CDG receives its return of capital.
    13. As stated above, under the proposed development plan for the 
Fountain Square West Project, CDG will assign the Anchor Tenant Lease, 
the City Lease and the Air Rights Lease to the Partnership. The 
Partnership will construct and own the improvements on that portion of 
the property that will house the Lazarus Department Store, the 
specialty retail center and the underground parking garage. After 
construction, the Partnership will manage the retail portion of the 
Fountain Square West Project.
    The proposed development plan will permit Fifth Third to build and 
then own the office tower that is

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contemplated for construction on the Fountain Square West site. As 
stated previously, in accordance with the provisions of the Air Rights 
Lease, Fifth Third will make a lump sum payment to the Partnership of 
$3.5 million to sublease a portion of the ground and related air rights 
which will be leased by the Partnership from the City as well as for 
exclusive rights to 20 parking spaces at Fountain Square West. In 
addition, Fifth Third will pay the Partnership $2 million in order that 
the Partnership may hire a construction company (possibly, an affiliate 
of CDG) for the design and construction of the building pad to support 
the office tower. The total $5.5 million cost for the air rights, 
building pad and parking spaces will be paid from Fifth Third's 
corporate assets and none of the cost or the future cost of 
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    \13\ Under the Partnership Agreement, the $3.5 million received 
pursuant to the Air Rights Lease is to be treated as extraordinary 
cash flow and allocated between CDG and the Trust in accordance with 
their respective cash flow allocations. However, to the extent that 
the proceeds are needed for construction purposes, such funds will 
not be distributed as extraordinary cash flow. As for the $2 million 
payment for the building pad, it is represented that such amount was 
specifically earmarked and used for construction purposes and that 
there is no provision in the Partnership Agreement that would permit 
the distribution of any portion of that payment to the Trust and 
CDG.
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    14. The applicant has requested an administrative exemption from 
the Department because it believes the use of the assets of the Trust 
in a manner which benefits Fifth Third constitutes a violation of the 
Act. Specifically, the applicant represents that the investment by the 
Trust in the Partnership will not only enable the Partnership to 
develop the retail portion of the Fountain Square West Project, but it 
will also allow Fifth Third to cause the office tower portion of the 
Project to be constructed, thereby enhancing the value of that portion 
of the Project.
    15. Fifth Third has appointed SSGA of Boston, Massachusetts to 
serve as the independent fiduciary for the Trust with respect to the 
initial, and possibly, future equity investments made by the Trust to 
the Partnership. In this regard, SSGA will monitor and protect the 
rights of the Trust and the Plans investing therein to the extent that 
any actions of Fifth Third may impact adversely on the Partnership. 
Specifically, SSGA will determine whether it is in the best interest of 
the Trust and the Plans participating therein to make the initial and 
subsequent investments in the Partnership. Also included among its 
duties, SSGA will determine whether it is appropriate for the Trust (a) 
to assign, transfer, pledge or otherwise encumber its interest in the 
Partnership provided the Trust obtains written consent from CDG; (b) to 
withdraw as a limited partner from the Partnership or to withdraw its 
capital from such Partnership provided the Trust obtains the written 
consent of CDG; (c) to consent to the sale by CDG of substantially all 
of the assets of the Partnership or the transfer by CDG of its interest 
in the Partnership; (d) to contribute to the Partnership the amount 
necessary to complete construction of the Fountain Square West Project 
and to require that CDG release control of the Partnership to an entity 
designated by the Trust, if CDG fails to provide for construction cost 
overruns; (e) to elect to continue the Partnership by appointing a 
successor general partner; and whether (f) the entity designated by the 
Trust to serve as general partner is appropriate upon the occurrence of 
(d) or (e).
    16. Mr. H. Peter Norstrand, Vice President of SSGA, has agreed to 
undertake the duties of the independent fiduciary. Mr. Norstrand 
represents that he has over 25 years of experience in commercial real 
estate as well as considerable experience as a fiduciary under the Act. 
Both SSGA and Mr. Norstrand represent that they understand their 
fiduciary obligations and acknowledge that they are acting as a 
fiduciary with respect to the Trust. Further, neither Mr. Norstrand nor 
SSGA are related in any way to Fifth Third, CDG or any of their 
principals. Although SSGA is compensated by Fifth Third, it has derived 
approximately 0.00005 percent of its gross revenues from Fifth Third 
for services rendered to date. It is anticipated that for any year that 
SSGA is retained as the independent fiduciary for the Trust its 
compensation for these services will be substantially below one percent 
of its gross revenues.
    17. SSGA represents that it has--
    (a) Reviewed all relevant documents concerning the Fountain Square 
West Project, including but not limited to, the lease and sublease 
agreements, service agreements, guaranties, the Partnership Agreement 
and the exemption application.
    (b) Obtained and reviewed independent economic and market reports 
on the Cincinnati economy and real estate markets. Among its findings, 
SSGA observes that forecasts for the City are uniformly consistent and 
call for slow but steady growth.
    (c) Performed a financial analysis of the Fountain Square West 
Project by reviewing the January 1996 investment summary prepared for 
Fifth Third by CLRA. SSGA states that it has independently replicated 
CLRA's spreadsheets and tested the performance of the investment under 
various alternative assumptions as well as returns for the City Lease. 
SSGA has concluded that the assumptions used by CLRA are reasonable and 
in some cases, conservative.
    (d) Reviewed the most recent quarterly and annual reports for 
Federated whose Lazarus Department Store is expected to anchor the 
Fountain Square West Project, as well as investment commentary on 
Federated as published by Bloomberg. SSGA notes that Federated has a 
headquarters operation in the City and states that the annual rental 
obligation on the Lazarus Department Store will represent a small 
fraction of Federated's annual gross income.
    (e) Conducted, through Mr. Norstrand, personal interviews with 
representatives of Fifth Third, CLRA and the principals of CDG and 
toured the development site and environs. SSGA has concluded that CDG 
is well-suited to develop and manage the Fountain Square West Project.
    18. In addition, SSGA has analyzed the risk of the Fountain Square 
West Project in the context of ``macro'' and ``micro'' levels. On the 
``macro'' level, SSGA has examined the development team who will 
construct, lease and manage the Fountain Square West Project. Further, 
SSGA has examined the site on which the Fountain Square West Project 
will be located and states that the property is perfectly suited for 
its intended use. Finally, SSGA has considered pricing. In this regard, 
SSGA has examined ``internal rates of return'' <SUP>14 and has 
forecasted returns ranging between 11 percent and 14 percent for the 
Trust's proposed investment. These projected returns reflect the 
present value of future streams of income which have been based upon 
such factors as actual market rents negotiated and assumptions of what 
future market rents will be. In contrast, SSGA notes that the returns 
forecasted for the Trust by CLRA range from 9 percent to 14 
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    \14\ The internal rate of return is the rate of return on 
invested capital that is generated or capable of being generated 
within an investment during the period of ownership. The internal 
rate of return is the rate of profit (or loss) or a measure of 
performance. It is calculated by finding the discount rate that 
equates the present value of future cash flows to the cost of the 
investment. The calculation of the internal rate of return takes 
into account the amount of the initial investment, cash flows during 
the life of the investment and the proceeds from the disposition of 
the investment.
    \15\ More specifically, SSGA states that it used a three-step 
process to analyze the potential return on investment. First, SSGA 
replicated the ten year cash flow forecasts prepared by CLRA. 
Second, SSGA tested the returns under various alternative 
assumptions (e.g., an assumption of lower market rents or higher 
tenant improvement costs). Third, SSGA calculated the internal rate 
of return for the Trust based on the Partnership distribution 
protocol during the entire term of the investment. This calculation, 
according to SSGA, includes an assumption of a sale of the Fountain 
Square West Project within ten years based on an ``exit valuation.'' 
The exit valuation is determined by applying a capitalization rate 
to the eleventh year forecasted net operating income (less assumed 
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    Overall, SSGA believes that the range of expected returns for the 
investment are comparable to the range of returns that other investors 
might expect for a similar transaction. Moreover, because much of the 
risk has been taken out of the proposed Trust investment (e.g., the 
City has made a $22 million financial commitment to the Project and the 
Anchor Tenant Lease has been closed), SSGA believes that any investor 
would find these returns appropriate regardless of the collateral 
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    \16\ Since a major portion of the income derived by the Limited 
Partner is generated by the Anchor Tenant Lease, SSGA states that 
the rate of return is dependent on such factors as the division of 
partnership cash flow, the timing of the initial investment, market 
rent, lease-up assumptions regarding the balance of the retail space 
and exit capitalization assumptions. Thus, in SSGA's view, the 
generation of employment stemming from the Fountain Square West 
Project will not impact on the Trust's internal rate of return.
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    SSGA does not view the disproportionate allocation of cash flow 
between CDG and the Trust as problematic. SSGA states that because CDG 
is not only committing to contribute capital and to bear the 
responsibility for cost overruns, it has also mitigated much of the 
risks of the investment by negotiating the Anchor Tenant Lease as well 
as entering into arrangements with the City. These actions, SSGA 
believes, would seem to justify the allocation of the cash flow.
    On the micro-level, SSGA states that the major risk factors it has 
examined include (a) the creditworthiness of Federated and (b) the 
ability of the Partnership to lease certain ``speculative'' space. On 
the issue of creditworthiness, SSGA believes that Federated will 
perform under its lease in accordance with its terms. According to 
SSGA, the Fountain Square West Project will be highly visible involving 
substantial community involvement. With a headquarters operation within 
sight of the Fountain Square West Project, SSGA represents that 
Federated will have the necessary resources to ensure the success of 
its operation. SSGA also notes that since Federated has emerged from 
its reorganization as a dominant retailer, its rental obligations at 
Fountain Square West will represent a small fraction of Federated's 
gross revenues.
    19. With respect to the ability of the Partnership to lease 45,000 
square feet of speculative space, SSGA represents that several factors 
suggest that Fountain Square West will be leased substantially as 
forecast. In this regard, SSGA states that the speculative space will 
represent less than 3 percent of the downtown inventory and that 
forecasted rents will be comparable to rents currently being achieved 
in the market. In addition, SSGA asserts that the space will afford a 
retailer the opportunity to be in a new facility that is in close 
proximity to a popular anchor store having the latest features in 
storefront design. Further, SSGA notes that the possibility of an 
existing store presently on the complex moving to an adjacent parcel 
and the likelihood that Fifth Third will develop and occupy the office 
tower will strengthen the site as a retail core and provide an 
additional inducement to a prospective retailer.
    20. SSGA has evaluated how the terms of the proposed transaction 
will compare with the terms of similar transactions between unrelated 
parties. SSGA notes that the Fountain Square West Project is extremely 
unique in the following respects: (a) In terms of City commitment, SSGA 
explains that the City will be making a major financial commitment to 
the downtown retail core at a time when most American municipalities 
are cutting back; (b) in terms of location, SSGA observes that few 
American cities have such an appropriate site available for 
development; (c) in terms of risk, SSGA believes that the rate of 
return to the Trust relative to investment risk is appropriate; and (d) 
in terms of the development team, SSGA represents that the team is of 
high caliber. In conclusion, SSGA states that the terms of the Fountain 
Square West Project are comparable to the terms that other investors 
would accept if they were unrelated parties.
    21. In summary, it is represented that the proposed transaction 
will satisfy the statutory criteria for an exemption under section 
408(a) of the Act because:
    (a) Each Plan investing in the Trust will have total assets that 
are in excess of $50 million.
    (b) No Plan that purchases units in the Trust for purposes of 
allowing the Trust to invest in the Partnership will have, immediately 
after the purchase of such units, more than 5 percent of its assets 
invested in the Trust.
    (c) The decision to purchase additional units in the Trust that 
will allow SSGA to make the initial and any subsequent equity 
contributions to the Partnership, will be made by a Second Fiduciary 
which is independent of Fifth Third and its affiliates and which is not 
SSGA.
    (d) As independent fiduciary for the Trust, SSGA will approve and 
monitor the Trust's investment in the Partnership.
    (e) At the time the Partnership investment is made, the terms of 
the transaction will be at least as favorable to each Plan 
participating in the Trust as those obtainable in an arm's length 
transaction with an unrelated party.
    (f) SSGA and the Second Fiduciary of each Plan participating in the 
Trust will receive initial and ongoing disclosures concerning the 
Partnership.
    (g) As to each Plan participating in the Trust, the total fees paid 
to Fifth Third will constitute no more than ``reasonable compensation'' 
within the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Notice of the proposed exemption will be given to the SSGA as well 
as the Second Fiduciaries of Plans investing in the Trust within 10 
days of the publication of the notice of proposed exemption in the 
Federal Register. Notice will be provided to SSGA and each Second 
Fiduciary by first class mail. Notice will be provided to active 
participants in the Plans by posting at local union halls at the 
locations designated for member notifications. The notice will include 
a copy of the notice of proposed exemption as published in the Federal 
Register as well as a supplemental statement, as required, pursuant to 
29 CFR 2570.43(b)(2), which shall inform interested persons of their 
right to comment on and/or to request a hearing. Retirees in the Plans 
will be mailed a statement which will include a toll-free telephone 
number such participants may call if they wish to obtain a copy of the 
proposed exemption. Comments and requests for a public hearing are due 
within 40 days of the publication of the notice of proposed exemption 
in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jan D. Broady of the Department, 
telephone (202) 219-8881. (This is not a toll-free number.)

United States Trust Company of New York and Certain of Its Affiliates 
Located in New York, NY

[Application Nos. D-10234 and D-10235]

Proposed Exemption

    The Department is considering granting an exemption under the 
authority of section 408(a) of the Act

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and section 4975(c)(2) of the Code and in accordance with the 
procedures set forth in 29 CFR Part 2570, Subpart B (55 FR 32836, 
32847, August 10, 1990).

Section I--Proposed Exemption for In-Kind Transfers of Assets

    If the exemption is granted, the restrictions of section 406(a) and 
406(b) of the Act and the sanctions resulting from the application of 
section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A) through 
(F) of the Code, shall not apply, effective as of May 31, 1996, to the 
in-kind transfer to any diversified open-end investment company (the 
Fund or Funds) registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 
ICA) to which the United States Trust Company of New York or any of its 
affiliates (collectively, US Trust) serves as investment adviser and 
may provide other services (i.e. ``Secondary Services'' as defined in 
Section III(h) below), of the assets of various employee benefit plans 
(the Plan or Plans) that are either held in certain collective 
investment funds (the CIF or CIFs) maintained by US Trust or otherwise 
held by US Trust as trustee, investment manager, or in any other 
capacity as fiduciary on behalf of the Plans, in exchange for shares of 
such Funds; provided that the following conditions are met:
    (a) A fiduciary (the Second Fiduciary) who is acting on behalf of 
each affected Plan and who is independent of and unrelated to US Trust, 
as defined in Section III(g) below, receives advance written notice of 
the in-kind transfer of assets of the Plans or the CIFs in exchange for 
shares of the Fund and the disclosures described in Section II(f) 
below.
    (b) On the basis of the information described in Section II(f) 
below, the Second Fiduciary authorizes in writing the in-kind transfer 
of CIF or Plan assets in exchange for shares of the Funds, the 
investment of such assets in corresponding portfolios of the Funds, and 
the fees received by US Trust in connection with its services to the 
Fund. Such authorization by the Second Fiduciary is to be consistent 
with the responsibilities, obligations, and duties imposed on 
fiduciaries by Part 4 of Title I of the Act.
    (c) No sales commissions are paid by the Plans in connection with 
the in-kind transfers of CIF or Plan assets in exchange for shares of 
the Funds.
    (d) All or a pro rata portion of the assets of the Plans held in 
the CIFs or all or a pro rata portion of the assets of the Plans held 
by US Trust in any capacities as fiduciary on behalf of such Plans are 
transferred in-kind to the Funds in exchange for shares of such Funds. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, solely for purposes of this paragraph 
(d), assets of the 401(k) Plan and ESOP of United States Trust Company 
of New York and Affiliated Companies (the UST DC Plan) held by US Trust 
as trustee and allocated to the U.S. Government Short/Intermediate Term 
Investment Fund shall be treated as assets held in a CIF.
    (e) The Plans or the CIFs receive shares of the Funds that have a 
total net asset value equal in value to the assets of the Plans or the 
CIFs exchanged for such shares on the date of transfer.
    (f) With respect to any in-kind transfer of CIF assets to a Fund, 
each Plan receives shares of a Fund which have a total net asset value 
that is equal to the value of the Plan's pro rata share of the assets 
of the corresponding CIF on the date of the transfer, based on the 
current market value of the CIF's assets, as determined in a single 
valuation performed in the same manner as of the close of the same 
business day with respect to all such Plans participating in the 
transaction on such day, using independent sources in accordance with 
the procedures set forth in Rule 17a-7(b) under the ICA (Rule 17a-7) 
for the valuation of such assets. Such procedures must require that all 
securities for which a current market price cannot be obtained by 
reference to the last sale price for transactions reported on a 
recognized securities exchange or NASDAQ be valued based on an average 
of the highest current independent bid and lowest current independent 
offer, as of the close of business on the last business day prior to 
the in-kind transfers, determined on the basis of reasonable inquiry 
from at least three sources that are broker-dealers or pricing services 
independent of US Trust.
    (g) (1) Not later than thirty (30) days after completion of each 
in-kind transfer of CIF or Plan assets in exchange for shares of the 
Funds (except for certain transactions described in paragraph (g)(2) 
below), US Trust sends by regular mail to the Second Fiduciary, a 
written confirmation containing:
    (i) the identity of each of the assets that was valued for purposes 
of the transaction in accordance with Rule 17a-7(b)(4) under the ICA;
    (ii) the price of each of the assets involved in the transaction; 
and
    (iii) the identity of each pricing service or market maker 
consulted in determining the value of such assets;
    (2) For the in-kind transfer of CIF assets to the Funds which 
occurred on June 28 and July 31, 1996, the written confirmations 
described above in paragraph (g)(1) were made by US Trust to all Second 
Fiduciaries of the appropriate Plans by October 15, 1996.
    (h) For all in-kind transfers of CIF assets, US Trust sends by 
regular mail to the Second Fiduciary, no later than ninety (90) days 
after completion of the asset transfer made in exchange for shares of 
the Funds, a written confirmation containing:
    (1) the number of CIF units held by each affected Plan immediately 
before the in-kind transfer, the related per unit value, and the 
aggregate dollar value of the units transferred; and
    (2) the number of shares in the Funds that are held by each 
affected Plan following the in-kind transfer, the related per share net 
asset value, and the aggregate dollar value of the shares received.
    (i) The conditions set forth in paragraphs (d), (e), (f), (o), (p), 
and (q) of Section II below are satisfied.

Section II--Proposed Exemption for Receipt of Fees From Funds

    If the exemption is granted, the restrictions of section 406(a) and 
section 406(b) of the Act and the sanctions resulting from the 
application of section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 
4975(c)(1) (A) through (F) of the Code shall not apply, effective as of 
June 30, 1996, to the receipt of fees by US Trust from the Funds for 
acting as the investment adviser for the Funds as well as for acting as 
the custodian, transfer agent, sub-administrator or for providing other 
``Secondary Services'' (as defined in Section III(h) below) to the 
Funds in connection with the investment in the Funds by Plans for which 
US Trust acts as a fiduciary (Client Plans), other than Plans 
established and maintained by US Trust for the benefit of its employees 
and their beneficiaries (Bank Plans), provided that the following 
conditions are met:
    (a) No sales commissions are paid by the Client Plans in connection 
with purchases or sales of shares of the Funds and no redemption fees 
are paid in connection with the sale of such shares by the Plans to the 
Funds.
    (b) The price paid or received by the Client Plans for shares in 
the Funds is the net asset value per share, as defined in Section 
III(e), at the time of the transaction and is the same price which 
would have been paid or received for the shares by any other investor 
at that time.
    (c) Neither US Trust nor any affiliate (including officers, 
directors and other persons, as defined in Section III(b) below) 
purchases from or sells to the Client Plans any shares of the Funds.

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    (d) For each Client Plan, the combined total of all fees received 
by US Trust for the provision of services to the Client Plan, and in 
connection with the provision of services to any of the Funds in which 
the Plan may invest, are not in excess of ``reasonable compensation'' 
within the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.
    (e) US Trust or an affiliate does not receive any fees payable, 
pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the ICA (the 12b-1 Fees) in connection 
with the transactions.
    (f) The Second Fiduciary who is acting on behalf of a Client Plan 
receives in advance of the investment by a Plan in any of the Funds a 
full and detailed written disclosure of information concerning such 
Fund including, but not limited to:
    (1) a current prospectus for each portfolio of each of the Funds in 
which such Client Plan is considering investing;
    (2) a statement describing the fees for investment management, 
investment advisory, or other similar services, any fees for Secondary 
Services, as defined in Section III(h) below, and all other fees to be 
charged to or paid by the Client Plan and by such Funds to US Trust, 
including the nature and extent of any differential between the rates 
of such fees;
    (3) the reasons why US Trust may consider such investment to be 
appropriate for the Client Plan;
    (4) a statement describing whether there are any limitations 
applicable to US Trust with respect to which assets of a Client Plan 
may be invested in the Funds, and, if so, the nature of such 
limitations; and
    (5) upon request of the Second Fiduciary, a copy of the proposed 
exemption and/or a copy of the final exemption.
    (g) On the basis of the information described in Section II(f) 
above, the Second Fiduciary authorizes in writing the investment of 
assets of the Client Plan in shares of the Fund and the fees to be paid 
to US Trust in connection with its services to the Funds. The 
authorization made by the Second Fiduciary must be consistent with the 
duties, responsibilities and obligations imposed on fiduciaries by Part 
4 of Title I of the Act.
    (h) The authorization described above in Section II(g) is 
terminable at will by the Second Fiduciary of a Client Plan, without 
penalty to such Plan, upon receipt by US Trust of written notice of 
termination. Such termination will be effected by US Trust selling the 
shares of the Fund held by the affected Client Plan within one business 
day following receipt by US Trust of the termination form (the 
Termination Form), as defined in Section III(i) below, or any other 
written notice of termination; provided that if, due to circumstances 
beyond the control of US Trust, the sale cannot be executed within one 
business day, US Trust shall have one additional business day to 
complete such sale.
    (i) Each Client Plan receives a credit, either through cash or, if 
applicable, the purchase of additional shares of the Funds, pursuant to 
an annual election, which may be revoked at any time, made by the 
Client Plan, of such Plan's proportionate share of all investment 
advisory fees charged to the Funds by US Trust, including any 
investment advisory fees paid by US Trust to third party sub-advisers, 
within not more than one business day after the receipt of such fees by 
US Trust. The crediting of all such fees to the Client Plans by US 
Trust is audited by an independent accounting firm on at least an 
annual basis to verify the proper crediting of the fees to each Client 
Plan.
    (j) In the event of an increase in the rate of any fees paid by the 
Funds to US Trust regarding any investment management services, 
investment advisory services, or fees for similar services that US 
Trust provides to the Funds over an existing rate for such services 
that had been authorized by a Second Fiduciary, in accordance with 
Section II(g), US Trust will, at least thirty (30) days in advance of 
the implementation of such increase, provide a written notice (separate 
from the Fund prospectus) to the Second Fiduciary of each of the Client 
Plans invested in a Fund which is increasing such fees.
    (k) In the event of an addition of a Secondary Service, as defined 
in Section III(h) below, provided by US Trust to the Fund for which a 
fee is charged or an increase in the rate of any fee paid by the Funds 
to US Trust for any Secondary Service that results either from an 
increase in the rate of such fee or from the decrease in the number or 
kind of services performed by US Trust for such fee over an existing 
rate for such Secondary Service which had been authorized by the Second 
Fiduciary of a Client Plan, in accordance with Section II(g), US Trust 
will at least thirty (30) days in advance of the implementation of such 
additional service for which a fee is charged or fee increase, provide 
a written notice (separate from the Fund prospectus) to the Second 
Fiduciary of each of the Client Plans invested in a Fund which is 
adding a service or increasing fees. Such notice shall be accompanied 
by the Termination Form, as defined in Section III(i) below.
    (l) The Second Fiduciary is supplied with a Termination Form at the 
times specified in paragraphs (k), (l), and (m) of this Section II, 
which expressly provides an election to terminate the authorization, 
described above in Section II(g), with instructions regarding the use 
of such Termination Form including statements that:
    (1) The authorization is terminable at will by any of the Client 
Plans, without penalty to such Plans. Such termination will be effected 
by US Trust selling the shares of the Fund held by the Client Plans 
requesting termination within one business day following receipt by US 
Trust, either by mail, hand delivery, facsimile, or other available 
means at the option of the Second Fiduciary, of the Termination Form or 
any other written notice of termination; provided that if, due to 
circumstances beyond the control of US Trust, the sale of shares of 
such Client Plans cannot be executed within one business day, US Trust 
shall have one additional business day to complete such sale; and
    (2) Failure by the Second Fiduciary to return the Termination Form 
on behalf of a Client Plan will be deemed to be an approval of the 
additional Secondary Service for which a fee is charged or increase in 
the rate of any fees, if such Termination Form is supplied pursuant to 
paragraphs (k) and (l) of this section II, and will result in the 
continuation of the authorization, as described in Section II(g), of US 
Trust to engage in the transactions on behalf of such Client Plan.
    (m) The Second Fiduciary is supplied with a Termination Form, 
annually during the first quarter of each calendar year, beginning with 
the first quarter of the calendar year that begins after the date the 
grant of this proposed exemption is published in the Federal Register 
and continuing for each calendar year thereafter; provided that the 
Termination Form need not be supplied to the Second Fiduciary, pursuant 
to this paragraph (m), sooner than six months after a Termination Form 
is supplied pursuant to Section II(k) and (l), except to the extent 
required by such paragraphs to disclose an additional Secondary Service 
for which a fee is charged or an increase in fees.
    (n)(1) With respect to each of the Funds in which a Client Plan 
invests, US Trust will provide the Second Fiduciary of such Plan:
    (A) at least annually with a copy of an updated prospectus of such 
Fund;
    (B) upon the request of such Second Fiduciary, with a report or 
statement

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(which may take the form of the most recent financial report, the 
current statement of additional information, or some other written 
statement) which contains a description of all fees paid by the Fund to 
US Trust; and
    (2) With respect to each of the Funds in which a Client Plan 
invests, in the event such Fund places brokerage transactions with US 
Trust, US Trust will provide the Second Fiduciary of such Plan at least 
annually with a statement specifying:
    (A) the total, expressed in dollars, brokerage commissions of each 
Fund's investment portfolio that are paid to US Trust by such Fund;
    (B) the total, expressed in dollars, of brokerage commissions of 
each Fund's investment portfolio that are paid by such Fund to 
brokerage firms unrelated to US Trust;
    (C) the average brokerage commissions per share, expressed as cents 
per share, paid to US Trust by each portfolio of a Fund; and
    (D) the average brokerage commissions per share, expressed as cents 
per share, paid by each portfolio of a Fund to brokerage firms 
unrelated to US Trust.
    (o) All dealings between the Client Plans and any of the Funds are 
on a basis no less favorable to such Plans than dealings between the 
Funds and other shareholders holding the same class of shares as the 
Plans.
    (p) US Trust maintains for a period of six (6) years the records 
necessary to enable the persons, as described in Section II(q) below, 
to determine whether the conditions of the exemption have been met, 
except that:
    (1) a prohibited transaction will not be considered to have 
occurred if, due to circumstances beyond the control of US Trust, the 
records are lost or destroyed prior to the end of the six (6) year 
period, and
    (2) no party in interest, other than US Trust, shall be subject to 
the civil penalty that may be assessed under section 502(i) of the Act, 
or to the taxes imposed by section 4975(a) and (b) of the Code, if the 
records are not maintained, or are not available for examination as 
required by Section II(q) below.
    (q)(1) Except as provided in Section II(q)(2) and notwithstanding 
any provisions of Section 504(a)(2) and (b) of the Act, the records 
referred to in Section II(p) above are unconditionally available at 
their customary location for examination during normal business hours 
by----
    (i) Any duly authorized employee or representative of the 
Department or the Internal Revenue Service;
    (ii) Any fiduciary of each of the Plans who has authority to 
acquire or dispose of shares of any of the Funds owned by such a Plan, 
or any duly authorized employee or representative of such fiduciary; 
and
    (iii) Any participant or beneficiary of the Plans or duly 
authorized employee or representative of such participant or 
beneficiary;
    (2) None of the persons described in paragraph (q)(1)(ii) and 
(q)(1)(iii) of Section II shall be authorized to examine trade secrets 
of US Trust, or commercial or financial information which is privileged 
or confidential.

Section III--Definitions

    For purposes of this proposed exemption,
    (a) The term ``US Trust'' means the United States Trust Company of 
New York and an affiliate, as defined in Section III(b)(1).
    (b) An ``affiliate'' of a person includes:
    (1) Any person directly or indirectly through one or more 
intermediaries, controlling, controlled by, or under common control 
with the person;
    (2) any officer, director, employee, relative, or partner in any 
such person; and
    (3) Any corporation or partnership of which such person is an 
officer, director, partner, or employee.
    (c) The term ``control'' means the power to exercise a controlling 
influence over the management or policies of a person other than an 
individual.
    (d) The term ``Fund or Funds'' means any diversified open-end 
investment company or companies registered under the ICA for which US 
Trust serves as investment adviser, and may also provide custodial or 
other services as approved by such Funds.
    (e) The term, ``net asset value'' means the amount for purposes of 
pricing all purchases and sales calculated by dividing the value of all 
securities, determined by a method as set forth in a Fund's prospectus 
and statement of additional information, and other assets belonging to 
each of the portfolios in such Fund, less the liabilities charged to 
each portfolio, by the number of outstanding shares.
    (f) The term, ``relative,'' means a ``relative'' as that term is 
defined in section 3(15) of the Act (or a ``member of the family'' as 
that term is defined in section 4975(e)(6) of the Code), or a brother, 
a sister, or a spouse of a brother or a sister.
    (g) The term, ``Second Fiduciary,'' means a fiduciary of a plan who 
is independent of and unrelated to US Trust. For purposes of this 
proposed exemption, the Second Fiduciary will not be deemed to be 
independent of and unrelated to US Trust if:
    (1) Such Second Fiduciary directly or indirectly controls, is 
controlled by, or is under common control with US Trust;
    (2) Such Second Fiduciary, or any officer, director, partner, 
employee, or relative of such Second Fiduciary is an officer, director, 
partner, or employee of US Trust (or is a relative of such persons);
    (3) Such Second Fiduciary directly or indirectly receives any 
compensation or other consideration for his or her own personal account 
in connection with any transaction described in this proposed 
exemption; provided, however, that with respect to the Bank Plans, the 
Second Fiduciary may receive compensation from US Trust in connection 
with the transactions contemplated herein, but the amount or payment of 
such compensation may not be contingent upon or be in any way affected 
by the Second Fiduciary's ultimate decision regarding whether the Bank 
Plans participate in the transactions.
    With the exception of the Bank Plans, if an officer, director, 
partner, or employee of US Trust (or a relative of such persons), is a 
director of such Second Fiduciary, and if he or she abstains from 
participation in (i) the choice of the Plan's investment manager/
advisor, (ii) the approval of any purchase or sale by the Plan of 
shares of the Funds, and (iii) the approval of any change of fees 
charged to or paid by the Plan, in connection with any of the 
transactions described in sections I and II above, then Section 
III(g)(2) above shall not apply.
    (h) The term, ``Secondary Service,'' means a service, other than an 
investment management, investment advisory, or similar service, which 
is provided by US Trust to the Funds, including but not limited to 
custodial, accounting, administrative, or any other service. However, 
for purposes of Section II(k), the term ``Secondary Service'' does not 
include any brokerage services provided by US Trust to the Funds.
    (i) The term ``Termination Form,'' means the form supplied to the 
Second Fiduciary, at the times specified in paragraphs (k), (l), and 
(m) of Section II above, which expressly provides an election to the 
Second Fiduciary to terminate on behalf of the Plans the authorization, 
described in Section II(g). Such Termination Form may be used at will 
by the Second Fiduciary to terminate such authorization without penalty 
to the Plans and to notify US Trust in writing to effect such

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termination by selling the shares of the Fund held by the Plans 
requesting termination within one business day following receipt by US 
Trust, either by mail, hand delivery, facsimile, or other available 
means at the option of the Second Fiduciary, of written notice of such 
request for termination; provided that if, due to circumstances beyond 
the control of US Trust, the sale cannot be executed within one 
business day, US Trust shall have one additional business day to 
complete such sale.
    (j) The term ``UST DB Plan'' means the Employees' Retirement Plan 
of United States Trust Company of New York and Affiliated Companies.
    (k) The term ``UST DC Plan'' means the 401(k) Plan and ESOP of 
United States Trust Company of New York and Affiliated Companies.
    (l) The term ``Bank Plan'' means the UST DB Plan and the UST DC 
Plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This proposed exemption, if granted, will be effective 
as of May 31, 1996, for transactions described in Section I, and June 
30, 1996, for transactions described in Section II.

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. US Trust. UST New York, a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Trust 
Corporation, is a New York-chartered bank and trust company. UST New 
York provides trust and banking services to individuals, corporation, 
and institutions both nationally and internationally. UST New York 
serves as trustee, investment manager, and/or custodian to the Plans 
described below and as investment adviser to certain of the Funds. As 
of December 31, 1995, UST New York had total assets under management of 
approximately $40 billion.
    United States Trust Company of the Pacific Northwest (UST Pacific) 
is a limited purpose non-depository trust company chartered in Oregon 
and is also a subsidiary of U.S. Trust Corporation. UST Pacific serves 
as investment adviser to certain of the Funds.
    Other Affiliates of UST New York that may offer shares of the Funds 
to their fiduciary customers, but which did not have customer assets 
invested in the converting CIFs, are included herein solely with 
respect to the fee rebate and ``negative consent'' procedure described 
below for future fee changes. These entities include certain national 
banks, such as U.S. Trust Company of California, N.A., and U.S. Trust 
Company of Texas, N.A., as well as certain state-chartered banks, such 
as U.S. Trust Company of Connecticut, U.S. Trust Company of Florida 
Savings Bank, and U.S. Trust Company of New Jersey.
    2. The Plans. The Plans (i.e. the Client Plans and the Bank Plans) 
presently consist of retirement plans qualified under section 401(a) of 
the Code for which US Trust serves as a trustee or investment 
fiduciary. These Plans are considered ``pension plans'' under section 
3(2) of the Act. However, US Trust requests that the proposed exemption 
apply to any ``employee benefit plan'', within the meaning of section 
3(3) of the Act, and to any ``plan'' within the meaning of section 
4975(e)(1) of the Code (including IRAs), and not solely to qualified 
plans under Code section 401(a). Currently, UST New York serves as 
trustee, investment manager, and/or custodian of approximately 250 
Plans. As of September 30, 1995, UST New York had approximately $800 
million in Plan assets under management, of which approximately $675 
million represented assets invested in the CIFs.
    The Plans include two qualified retirement plans sponsored by US 
Trust (collectively, the Bank Plans), which are:

    (i) The Employees' Retirement Plan of United States Trust 
Company of New York and Affiliated Companies (the UST DB Plan); and
    (ii) The 401(k) Plan and ESOP of United States Trust Company of 
New York and Affiliated Companies (the UST DC Plan).

    Assets of the Bank Plans represent approximately half of the assets 
of the CIFs described herein.
    The applicant states that Actuarial Sciences Associates, Inc., a 
fiduciary that is independent of US Trust, was appointed to act as the 
Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans in connection with the 
determination made by such Plans to participate in the conversion of 
the CIFs to the Funds (as discussed below).
    In addition, the applicant states that the Client Plans 
participated in the conversion of the CIFs to the Funds based solely 
upon decisions made in each case by a Plan fiduciary independent of US 
Trust (collectively, the Second Fiduciaries). The applicant represents 
that, following the initial CIF conversions, decisions to participate 
in any future CIF conversions will also be made on behalf of each 
Client Plan by a Second Fiduciary (as discussed more fully below), 
although the specific Client Plans that may be involved have not been 
identified at the present time.
    3. The CIFs. The CIFs comprised the individual portfolios of the 
United States Trust Company of New York Pooled Pension and Profit 
Sharing Trust. However, for purposes of the proposed exemption, the 
CIFs are deemed to have included a short-term investment fund 
(identified below as ``the Government Fund'') that was not structured 
as a commingled fund but as a separate fund that formed a part of, and 
was offered as an investment option under, the UST DC Plan.
    Specifically, the CIFs were as follows: (i) the Equity Portfolio; 
(ii) the Fixed Income Portfolio; (iii) the International Portfolio; 
(iv) the Short-term Fixed Income Portfolio; and (v) the U.S. Government 
Short/Intermediate Term Fund (i.e. the Government Fund).
    As a result of the conversions, each of these CIFs now correspond 
to one of the Funds described below. However, prior to the initial CIF 
conversions on May 31, 1996, UST New York determined that approximately 
50 percent of the UST DB Plan's assets allocated to the Equity 
Portfolio CIF would be reallocated to three different domestic equity 
Funds with certain narrower investment objectives. These Funds, and the 
percentage of the UST DB Plan's assets that were allocated to each 
Fund, were: (i) The Early Life Cycle (or ``Small Cap'') Portfolio (10 
percent); (ii) the Optimum Growth Portfolio (20 percent); and (iii) the 
Equity Value Portfolio (20 percent).
    In order to accomplish this result, the applicant states that prior 
to the conversions US Trust created three new domestic equity CIFs with 
investment objectives corresponding directly to the objectives of the 
three proposed Equity Funds. US Trust then transferred to the new CIFs 
the relevant percentage of the UST DB Plan's assets that were formerly 
invested in the Equity Portfolio CIF. The new CIFs were: (i) the Early 
Life Cycle CIF; (ii) the Optimum Growth CIF; and (iii) the Equity Value 
CIF (collectively, the New CIFs). The applicant states that a pro rata 
share of each of the underlying securities held by the Equity Portfolio 
CIF were reallocated to the New CIFs by UST New York in accord with its 
authority as trustee of the CIFs. No assets were reallocated 
selectively or disproportionately. The creation of the New CIFs allowed 
US Trust to accomplish the conversions by a direct, one-to-one exchange 
of assets between each CIF and a Fund with corresponding investment 
objectives.
    4. The Funds. The Funds are certain portfolios of the following 
three similarly named but separately registered investment companies: 
(i) The Excelsior Institutional Trust; (ii) the Excelsior Funds, Inc.; 
and (iii) the Excelsior Funds. All of the Funds are described further 
below. However, US Trust requests that the exemption apply 
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which a Plan invests where US Trust provides investment advisory 
services and certain Secondary Services. In this regard, US Trust 
states that all future Funds to which US Trust serves as an investment 
adviser will assume similar structures and that Plan investments 
therein will meet all of the terms and conditions of the exemption.
    The Excelsior Institutional Trust (the Institutional Funds) is an 
open-end, diversified management investment company registered under 
the ICA. Currently, the Institutional Funds comprise the following 
portfolios: (i) The Equity Fund; (ii) the Income Fund; (iii) the Total 
Return Bond Fund; (iv) the Bond Index Fund; (v) the Balanced Fund; (vi) 
the Equity Growth Fund; and (vii) the International Equity Fund.
    UST New York serves as investment adviser to the first three of the 
foregoing Institutional Funds and as sub-adviser to the fourth. UST 
Pacific serves as investment adviser to the remaining three 
Institutional Funds. Various parties unrelated to US Trust also provide 
custodial, transfer agent, recordkeeping, and other non-advisory 
services (i.e. Secondary Services) to the Institutional Funds. US Trust 
also performs certain Secondary Services for the Institutional Funds, 
including co-administration and shareholder services, for which it 
receives fees.
    The Excelsior Funds, Inc. (formerly known as the UST Master Funds, 
Inc.; hereafter, the UST Funds) is an open-end, diversified management 
investment company registered under the ICA. Currently, the UST Funds 
comprise the following portfolios: (i) The Equity Fund; (ii) the Income 
and Growth Fund; (iii) the Long-Term Supply of Energy Fund; (iv) the 
Productivity Enhancers Fund; (v) the Environmentally-Related Products 
and Services Fund; (vi) the Aging of America Fund; (vii) the 
Communication and Entertainment Fund; (viii) the Business and 
Industrial Restructuring Fund; (ix) the Global Competitors Fund; (x) 
the Early Life Cycle Fund; (xi) the International Fund; (xii) the 
Emerging Americas Fund; (xiii) the Pacific/Asia Fund; (xiv) the Pan 
European Fund; (xv) the Short-Term Government Securities Fund; (xvi) 
the Intermediate-Term Managed Income Fund; (xvii) the Managed Income 
Fund; (xviii) the Money Fund; (xix) the Government Money Fund; and (xx) 
the Treasury Money Fund.
    UST New York serves as investment adviser to each of the UST Funds. 
Various parties unrelated to US Trust provide custodial, transfer 
agent, recordkeeping, and other Secondary Services to the UST Funds. US 
Trust also performs certain Secondary Services for the UST Funds, 
including transfer agent and shareholder services, for which it 
receives fees.
    The Excelsior Funds is a separate open-end, diversified management 
investment company registered under the ICA, the only currently 
relevant portfolio of which is the Institutional Money Fund (the Money 
Fund Option).
    UST New York serves as supplemental investment manager to the Money 
Fund Option pursuant to an investment advisory agreement. Various 
parties unrelated to US Trust provide investment advisory services to 
the Excelsior Funds, as well as recordkeeping and other Secondary 
Services. US Trust also performs certain Secondary Services for the 
Excelsior Funds, including co-administration, custodial, and transfer 
agent services, for which it receives fees.
    5. Actuarial Sciences Associates, Inc. (ASA). ASA is an employee 
benefits consulting firm established in July 1985 which is located in 
Somerset, New Jersey. ASA was retained by US Trust to serve as the 
Second Fiduciary for the UST DB Plan and the UST DC Plan (i.e. the Bank 
Plans) in connection with the investments made in the Funds. ASA is an 
affiliate of AT&T Investment Management Corporation (ATTIMCO). ATTIMCO 
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T and is a registered investment 
adviser under the ICA. As of December 31, 1995, ATTIMCO exercised 
discretionary investment authority over approximately $75 billion of 
fiduciary assets. ASA, ATTIMCO and their affiliates are independent of, 
and unrelated to, US Trust.

Description of the Transactions

    6. US Trust represents that the CIFs in which the Plans invested 
were maintained in accordance with the requirements under New York law 
that apply to collective investment trusts. US Trust decided to 
terminate the CIFs and offer to the Plans participating therein 
appropriate interests in corresponding Funds as alternative 
investments. Because interests in a CIF generally must be liquidated or 
withdrawn to effect distributions, US Trust believed that the interests 
of the Plans invested in the CIFs would be better served by investment 
in shares of the Funds which could be distributed in-kind. US Trust 
also believed that the Funds offered the Plans advantages over the CIFs 
as pooled investment vehicles. For instance, as shareholders of the 
Funds, the Plans have opportunities to exercise voting and other 
shareholder rights.
    The Plans, as Fund shareholders, periodically receive certain 
disclosures concerning the Funds. Such information includes: (i) A copy 
of the Fund prospectus, which is updated at least annually; (ii) an 
annual report containing audited financial statements of the Funds and 
information regarding such Funds' investment performance; and (iii) a 
semi-annual report containing unaudited financial statements. With 
respect to the Plans, US Trust reports all transactions in shares of 
the Funds in periodic account statements provided to each of the Plans. 
Further, US Trust maintains that the net asset value of the portfolios 
of the Funds can be monitored daily from information available in 
newspapers of general circulation.
    7. With respect to the requested exemption, US Trust proposes that 
when from time-to-time a CIF is terminated its assets would be 
transferred in-kind to a corresponding Fund in exchange for shares of 
such Fund in order to avoid the potentially large brokerage expenses 
that would otherwise be incurred in having the CIF sell such assets and 
having the Fund acquire such assets. In addition, US Trust also 
proposes that from time-to-time it may be appropriate for an individual 
Plan for which US Trust serves as fiduciary to transfer all or a pro 
rata share of its assets in-kind to any of the Funds in exchange for 
shares of such Funds. For example, in the case of an in-kind exchange 
between an individual Plan whose portfolio consists of common stock, 
money market securities, and real estate, and a Fund that (under its 
investment policy) invests only in common stock and money market 
securities, the exchange would involve all or a pro rata share of the 
common stock and money market securities held by the Plan, if such 
stock and securities are eligible for purchase by the Fund, and would 
not involve the transfer or exchange of the real estate holdings of 
such Plan. In this regard, a particular Fund's eligible investments 
will be set forth in its prospectus. No brokerage commissions, fees or 
expenses (other than customary transfer charges paid to parties other 
than US Trust) will be charged to the Plans or the CIFs in connection 
with the in-kind transfers of assets to the Funds for shares of the 
Funds.
    Thus, in addition to the retroactive exemptive relief requested 
herein for the initial in-kind transfer of CIF assets to the Funds in 
exchange for Fund shares (as discussed in Item 8 below), US Trust also 
requests prospective relief for transactions involving: (i) The future 
in-kind transfer by other CIFs of all or a pro rata portion of the 
assets of any of the Plans held in such CIFs to the Funds

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in exchange for shares of the Funds; or (ii) the in-kind transfer of 
all or a pro rata portion of the assets of any of the Plans held by US 
Trust, in any capacity as fiduciary on behalf of such Plans, to the 
Funds in exchange for shares of such Funds.
    US Trust states that the transfers in-kind of assets in exchange 
for Fund shares are ministerial transactions performed in accordance 
with pre-established objective procedures which are approved by the 
Board of Trustees of each Fund. Such procedures require that assets 
transferred to a Fund: (i) Are consistent with the investment 
objectives, policies, and restrictions of the Fund; (ii) satisfy the 
applicable requirements of the ICA and the Code; and (iii) have a 
readily ascertainable market value. In addition, any assets that are 
transferred will be marketable and will not be subject to restrictions 
on resale. Assets which do not meet these requirements will be sold in 
the open market through an unaffiliated brokerage firm prior to any 
transfer in-kind. Further, prior to entering into an in-kind transfer, 
a Second Fiduciary of each affected Plan will receive certain 
disclosures from US Trust and approve the transaction in writing.
    8. The Conversion Transactions. US Trust specifically requests a 
retroactive exemption for the in-kind transfers of CIF assets to 
certain corresponding Funds which have already occurred. The initial 
in-kind transfers of CIF assets to the Funds occurred on May 31, 1996, 
and was a partial conversion of various CIFs involving assets of the 
Bank Plans. Another in-kind transfer of CIF assets occurred on June 30, 
1996, and was a partial conversion of such CIFs involving assets of 
Client Plans that elected to participate in the CIF conversions.
    With respect to the in-kind transfers of CIF assets involving the 
Bank Plans, US Trust states that a proportionate share of each CIF's 
assets representing the interests of the Bank Plans therein was 
transferred to the corresponding UST Fund, except for the UST DB Plan's 
interests in the new Optimum Growth and Equity Value CIFs, which were 
transferred to the corresponding new Institutional Funds. The following 
table shows which CIF assets were transferred to particular Funds.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               CIF portfolio                Corresponding fund portfolio
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Short-Term Fixed Income...................  UST Funds/Money Fund.       
Fixed Income..............................  UST Funds/Managed Income    
                                             Fund.                      
U.S. Government Short/Intermediate Term     UST Funds/Short-Term        
 Fund.                                       Government Securities Fund.
International.............................  UST Funds/International     
                                             Fund.                      
Equity Portfolio..........................  UST Funds/Equity Fund.      
Early Life Cycle..........................  UST Funds/Early Life Cycle  
                                             Fund.                      
Optimum Growth............................  Institutional Optimum Growth
                                             Fund.                      
Equity Value..............................  Institutional Equity Value  
                                             Fund.                      
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    As noted above, the Government Fund was a separate fund forming 
part of the UST DC Plan, rather than a commingled CIF. However, for 
purposes of the transactions for which US Trust requests an exemption, 
this fund was treated in the same manner as a CIF in that all of its 
assets were transferred to a corresponding Fund.
    As of June 30, 1996, US Trust states that certain Client Plan 
assets invested in the Short-Term Fixed Income CIF were transferred 
either to the UST Funds/Money Fund or the Excelsior Funds/Money Fund 
Option at the direction of the Second Fiduciary approving the 
particular in-kind transfer. Otherwise, a proportionate share of each 
CIF's assets representing the interests of the Client Plans (whose 
Second Fiduciaries approved the transaction) were transferred on such 
date to the corresponding Institutional Funds, as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               CIF portfolio                Corresponding fund portfolio
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Short-Term Fixed Income...................  Excelsior Money Fund Option 
                                             or UST Funds/Money Fund    
Fixed Income..............................  Institutional Total Return  
                                             Bond Fund.                 
International.............................  Institutional International 
                                             Equity Fund.               
Equity....................................  Institutional Equity Fund.  
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thus, for example, if at the time of the conversion the Bank Plans 
held 45 percent of the interests in the Equity CIF, 45 percent of those 
assets were transferred to the Equity Fund portfolio of the UST Funds 
and the remaining 65 percent of the CIF's assets (representing the 
interests of Client Plans) were transferred to the Equity Fund 
portfolio of the Institutional Funds.
    Each in-kind transfer of CIF assets was completed in a single 
transaction on a single day. In each case, the in-kind transfer 
transactions were accomplished by transferring from the converting CIF 
a proportionate share of the Plans' assets then held by the CIF to the 
corresponding Fund in exchange for an appropriate number of Fund 
shares. Once all of a CIF's assets were transferred to a Fund, the CIF 
was terminated and its assets, then consisting of Fund shares, were 
distributed in-kind to the Plans participating in the CIFs based on 
each Plan's pro rata share of the assets of the CIFs on the date of the 
transaction.
    Prior to each in-kind transfer transaction, the assets of a 
transferring CIF were reviewed by US Trust to confirm that they were 
appropriate investments for the receiving Fund. If any of the assets of 
a CIF were not appropriate for its corresponding Fund, US Trust sold 
such assets in the open market through an unaffiliated brokerage firm 
prior to the in-kind transfer.
    9. Advance Disclosure/Approval and Appointment of the Second 
Fiduciary for the Bank Plans. US Trust provided to each affected Plan 
disclosures that announced the termination of the particular CIF, 
summarized the transaction, and otherwise complied with provisions of 
Section I of this proposed exemption. Based on these disclosures, the 
Second Fiduciary for each affected Plan approved in writing the Plan's 
participation in the conversion transaction, including the fees that 
were to be paid by the Funds to US Trust.
    In the case of the initial in-kind transfer transactions involving 
the Bank Plans which occurred on May 31, 1996, ASA was required to make 
an independent determination in its fiduciary capacity that 
participation in the conversion transaction on the terms proposed was 
in the best interest of each Bank Plan. In this regard, as noted 
earlier, US Trust appointed ASA to serve as the Second Fiduciary to 
oversee the conversions of the CIFs to the Funds as they related to the 
interests of the Bank Plans, including the decision whether to 
participate therein. As part of its written report setting out the 
conclusions discussed in Item 11 below, ASA was required to confirm 
both its independence from US Trust and its qualifications to serve as 
the Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans.
    10. Valuation Procedures. The assets transferred by a CIF to its 
corresponding Fund consisted entirely of cash and marketable 
securities. For purposes of a transfer in-kind, the value of the 
securities in the CIF was determined based on market value as of the 
close of business on the last business date prior to the transfer (the 
CIF Valuation Date). The values on the CIF Valuation Date

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were determined using the valuation procedures described in Rule 17a-7 
under the ICA. In this regard, the ``current market price'' for 
specific types of CIF securities involved in the transaction was 
determined as follows:
    a. If the security was a ``reported security'' as the term is 
defined in Rule 11Aa3-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 
'34 Act), the last sale price with respect to such security reported in 
the consolidated transaction reporting system (the Consolidated System) 
for the CIF Valuation Date; or, if there were no reported transactions 
in the Consolidated System that day, the average of the highest current 
independent bid and the lowest current independent offer for such 
security (reported pursuant to Rule 11Ac1-1 under the '34 Act), as of 
the close of business on the CIF Valuation Date.
    b. If the security was not a reported security, and the principal 
market for such security was an exchange, then the last sale on such 
exchange on the CIF Valuation Date or, if there were no reported 
transactions on such exchange that day, the average of the highest 
current independent bid and lowest current independent offer on the 
exchange as of the close of business on the CIF Valuation Date.
    c. If the security was not a reported security and was quoted in 
the NASDAQ system, then the average of the highest current independent 
bid and lowest current independent offer reported on NASDAQ as of the 
close of business on the CIF Valuation Date.
    d. For all other securities, the average of the highest current 
independent bid and lowest current independent offer, as of the close 
of business on the CIF valuation date, determined on the basis of 
reasonable inquiry. For securities in this category, US Trust obtained 
quotations from at least three sources that were either broker-dealers 
or pricing services independent of and unrelated to US Trust and, when 
more than one valid quotation was available, used the average of the 
quotations to value the securities, in conformance with interpretations 
by the SEC and practices under Rule 17a-7.
    The securities received by a transferee Fund portfolio were valued 
by such portfolio for purposes of the transfer in the same manner and 
as of the same day as such securities were valued by the corresponding 
transferor CIF. The per share value of the shares of each Fund 
portfolio issued to the CIFs was based on the corresponding portfolio's 
then-current net asset value. US Trust states that the value of a 
Plan's investment in shares of each Fund as of the opening of business 
on the date of the conversion transaction was equal to the value of 
such Plan's investment in the CIFs as of the close of business on the 
last business day prior to the conversion transaction.
    Not later than thirty (30) business days after completion of the 
in-kind transfer transaction (except as otherwise noted),<SUP>17 US 
Trust sent by regular mail a written statement to each affected Plan 
that included a confirmation of the transaction. Such confirmation 
contained: (i) The identity of each security that was valued in 
accordance with Rule 17a-7(b)(4), as described above; (ii) the price of 
each such security for purposes of the transaction; and (iii) the 
identity of each pricing service or market-maker consulted in 
determining the value of such securities.
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     <SUP>17  US Trust states that the written confirmations 
regarding the identity and pricing of securities described under 
Rule 17a-7(b)(4) that were involved in the in-kind transfers of CIF 
assets which occurred on June 28 and July 31, 1996 were not made 
within 30 days of the completion of the transactions due to clerical 
errors made by certain US Trust personnel. US Trust represents that 
upon discovery of this error, all of the confirmations were mailed 
as soon as possible and were received by the Second Fiduciaries of 
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    Not later than ninety (90) days after completion of each in-kind 
transfer of assets of the Plans or the CIFs in exchange for shares of 
the Funds, US Trust mailed to the Plans a written confirmation of the 
number of CIF units held by each affected Plan immediately before the 
conversion (and the related per unit value or the aggregate dollar 
value of the units transferred), and the number of shares in the Funds 
that were held by each affected Plan following the conversion (and the 
related per share net asset value or the aggregate dollar value of the 
shares received).
    In accordance with the conditions of Section I of this proposed 
exemption, similar procedures will occur upon any future in-kind 
exchanges between CIFs maintained by US Trust or Plans, and the Funds.

Representations of the Independent Fiduciary for the Bank Plans 
Regarding the In-Kind Transfers

    11. As stated above, US Trust retained ASA as the Second Fiduciary 
to oversee the in-kind transfers of CIF assets to the Funds as such 
transactions affected the Bank Plans. In such capacity, ASA represented 
that it understood and would accept the duties, responsibilities and 
liabilities in acting as a fiduciary under the Act for the Bank Plans.
    In a written report dated May 30, 1996, ASA stated that it 
considered the effect of the in-kind transfer transactions on the Bank 
Plans and the implications of such transactions for Plans invested in 
the CIFs. ASA noted that this investment opportunity was being offered 
to the Client Plans on the same terms and conditions as was being 
offered to the Bank Plans. Based on all available data, ASA concluded 
that the terms of the in-kind transfers were fair to participants of 
the Bank Plans. ASA states that such terms were comparable to, and no 
less favorable than, the terms that would have been reached among 
unrelated third parties.
    Therefore, ASA specifically authorized the in-kind transfers of the 
CIF assets on May 31, 1996 as the Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans. 
In this regard, ASA represented in its written report dated May 30, 
1996, that the in-kind transfer transactions were in the best interests 
of the Bank Plans and their participants and beneficiaries for the 
following reasons:
    (a) the impact of the in-kind transfers on the Bank Plans would be 
de minimis because the Funds would substantially replicate the CIFs in 
terms of the investment policies and objectives;
    (b) the Funds would probably continue to experience relative 
performance similar in nature to the CIFs given the continuity of 
investment objectives and policies, management oversight and portfolio 
management personnel;
    (c) the in-kind transfers would not adversely affect the cash 
flows, liquidity or investment diversification of the Bank Plans; and
    (d) the benefits to be derived by the Bank Plans and their 
participants by investing in the Funds (e.g., larger investor based 
permitted by the Funds, cost savings to participants over time through 
economies of scale, more choices for participants exercising investment 
control, and ability to obtain investment information through readily 
available sources) would more than offset the impact of minimum 
additional expenses that may be borne by the Bank Plans.
    In forming an opinion as to the appropriateness of the in-kind 
transfers, ASA conducted an overall review of the Bank Plans, including 
the Plan documents. ASA stated that it examined the total investment 
portfolios of the Bank Plans to ascertain whether the Plans were in 
compliance with their investment objectives and policies. Further, ASA 
stated that it examined the liquidity requirements of the Bank Plans 
and reviewed the concentration of the Bank Plans' assets invested in 
the CIFs as well as the portion of the CIFs comprised of the assets of 
the Bank Plans. Finally, ASA stated that it reviewed the 
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by the investment portfolios of the Bank Plans. Based on its review and 
analysis of the foregoing, ASA represented that the in-kind transfer 
transactions would not adversely affect the total investment portfolios 
of the Bank Plans, compliance by such Plans with their stated 
investment objectives and policies, or the cash flow, liquidity or 
diversification requirements of the Plans.
    As the Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans, ASA represented that 
following the in-kind transfer transactions, it was provided by US 
Trust with the confirmation statements described herein. In addition, 
ASA stated that it supplemented its findings following review of the 
post-transfer account information to confirm whether the in-kind 
transfers had resulted in the Bank Plans' receipt of shares in the 
Funds equal in value to the Plans' pro rata share of assets of the CIFs 
on the conversion date (i.e. May 31, 1996). ASA further represented 
that it would take such action as it deemed necessary to safeguard the 
interests of the Bank Plans in the event the confirmation statements 
did not confirm the foregoing.

Other Opportunities Available for Plans To Invest in the Funds

    12. Besides the in-kind transfer of assets from a CIF or a Plan to 
a comparable Fund, in accordance with the conditions of this proposed 
exemption, a Plan's assets may be invested in the Funds in three other 
ways. First, a Plan may purchase shares in the Funds for cash directly 
through US Trust. Second, US Trust may transfer a Plan's assets from 
one Fund to another Fund. Third, US Trust may effect a daily automated 
sweep of uninvested cash of a Plan into one or more Funds designated by 
US Trust. However, all investments for Plans in the Funds must be made 
pursuant to the Second Fiduciary's written authorization.
    With respect to sweep services for the Client Plans where US Trust 
has investment discretion for the Plan, US Trust does not charge 
separately for the provision of sweep services for uninvested cash 
balances. Instead, US Trust charges a single, Plan-level fee, which 
covers both the sweep service and the management of assets in the sweep 
vehicle (generally, a short-term investment fund). Such single fee is 
determined as a percentage of the assets so invested. If US Trust does 
not have investment discretion with respect to the Client Plan's assets 
invested in the Funds, it may charge a separate fee for sweep 
services.<SUP>18
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    \18\ The Department in a letter, dated August 1, 1986, to Robert 
S. Plotkin, Assistant Director, Division of Banking Supervision and 
Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 
addressed the application of section 408(b)(2) of the Act to 
arrangements involving ``sweep services.'' In that letter, the 
Department set forth several examples to illustrate various 
circumstances under which violations of section 406(b) of the Act 
would arise with respect to such arrangements. Conversely, the 
letter provided that, if a bank provides ``sweep'' services without 
the receipt of additional compensation or other consideration (other 
than reimbursement of direct expenses properly and actually incurred 
in the performance of such services), then the provision of 
``sweep'' services by the bank would not, in itself, constitute a 
violation of section 406(b) of the Act. Moreover, including 
``sweep'' services under a single fee arrangement for investment 
management services which is calculated as a percentage of the 
market value of the total assets under management would not, in 
itself, constitute an act described in section 406(b)(1), because 
the bank would not be exercising its fiduciary authority or control 
to cause a plan to pay an additional fee.
    In addition, the letter also discusses the applicability of the 
statutory exemptions under section 408(b)(6) of the Act (fees for 
``ancillary services'') and under section 408(b)(8) of the Act 
(investments in collective trust funds maintained by such bank) to 
such ``sweep'' service arrangements.
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Receipt of Fees by US Trust From the Funds

    13. Under certain conditions, Prohibited Transaction Exemption 
(PTE) 77-4, 42 FR 18732 (April 8, 1977) \19\ would permit US Trust to 
receive fees from the Funds for any investments made by the Client 
Plans under either of two circumstances: (i) where the Client Plan does 
not pay any investment management, investment advisory, or similar fees 
for the assets of such Plan invested in shares of a Fund for the entire 
period of such investment; or (ii) where the Client Plan pays 
investment management, investment advisory, or similar fees to US Trust 
based on the total assets of such Plans from which a credit has been 
subtracted representing such Plan's pro rata share of such investment 
advisory fees paid to US Trust by the Fund. As such, with respect to 
the Client Plans, there may be two levels of fees: (i) Those fees which 
US Trust charges to the Client Plans for serving as trustee, investment 
manager, or custodian for such Plans (the Plan-level Fees); and (ii) 
those fees which US Trust charges to the Fund (the Fund-level Fees) for 
serving as an investment adviser for the Fund as well as for being 
custodian of the Fund or for providing other Secondary Services to the 
Fund.
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    \19\ PTE 77-4, in pertinent part, permits the purchase and sale 
by an employee benefit plan of shares of a registered, open-end 
investment company when a fiduciary with respect to the plan is also 
the investment adviser for the investment company, provided that the 
conditions of the exemption are met.
    In addition, PTE 77-3, 42 FR 18734 (April 8, 1977) permits the 
acquisition or sale of shares of a registered, open-end investment 
company by an employee benefit plan covering only employees of such 
investment company, employees of the investment adviser or principal 
underwriter for such investment company, or employees of any 
affiliated person (as defined therein) of such investment adviser or 
principal underwriter, provided certain conditions are met.
    In this regard, the Department is expressing no opinion in this 
proposed exemption regarding whether any of the transactions with 
the Funds by US Trust involving Plans discussed herein would be 
covered by PTE 77-4.
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    In its capacity as Plan fiduciary, except for the Bank Plans, US 
Trust charges each Client Plan a fee for its investment management/
trustee services based upon its standard fee schedules and the terms of 
the specific agreement negotiated between each Plan and US 
Trust.<SUP>20 Generally, its standard fees are expressed as a varying 
percentage of plan assets invested with US Trust.
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    \20\ The applicant represents that all fees paid by the Client 
Plans directly to US Trust for services performed by US Trust are 
exempt from the prohibited transaction provisions of the Act by 
reason of section 408(b)(2) of the Act and the regulations 
thereunder (see 29 CFR 2550.408b-2). In this regard, the Department 
is providing no opinion in this proposed exemption as to whether the 
conditions required for exemptive relief under section 408(b)(2) of 
the Act, and the regulations thereunder (see 29 CFR 2550. 408b-2), 
would be met for fees received by US Trust for the provision of 
services to the Client Plans.
    In addition, the Department notes that to the extent there are 
prohibited transactions under the Act as a result of services 
provided by US Trust directly to the Client Plans which are not 
covered by section 408(b)(2), no relief is being proposed herein for 
such transactions.
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    For their investment advisory services to the Institutional Funds, 
UST Pacific and UST New York are entitled to receive certain advisory 
fees from the Institutional Funds, as set out in the prospectuses, 
currently ranging from approximately 0.12 percent to 0.60 percent of 
the Fund's daily average assets under management.
    For its services as investment adviser to the UST Funds, UST New 
York is entitled to receive certain advisory fees from the UST Funds, 
as set out in the prospectuses, currently ranging from approximately 
0.25 percent to 1.0 percent of the Funds' daily average assets under 
management, prior to certain voluntary fee waivers. In addition, UST 
New York may receive from the UST Funds fees for certain Secondary 
Services. No such fees are paid to UST New York pursuant to a 12b-1 
plan (i.e. distribution expenses payable under Rule 12b-1 of the ICA).
    The Funds accrue daily as an expense payable to US Trust a ratable 
portion of US Trust's investment advisory fees and fees for Secondary 
Services based upon the average daily net asset value of the Funds. 
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to US Trust monthly in arrears approximately two weeks after the end of 
the month.
    US Trust states that the Client Plans for which it serves as a 
fiduciary generally should not bear any increased cost burdens as a 
result of investing in the Funds. In this regard, US Trust credits or 
``rebates'' to each Client Plan, generally by the fifth business day of 
each month (and in no event later than the date it is paid by the 
Funds), its proportionate share of all Fund-level investment advisory 
fees for the prior month (the Credit Program).<SUP>21 Under the 
conditions of this proposed exemption, all ``rebates'' of such fees 
must be made by US Trust to the appropriate Client Plan within not more 
than one business day after the receipt of such fees by US Trust (see 
Section II(i) above). US Trust charges each Client Plan, in accordance 
with its pre-established fee schedules, its full investment management 
fee for all assets under management, including those assets invested in 
the Funds. US Trust states that the net effect of the Credit Program 
will be that no Client Plan will pay, for any period, a ``double'' 
investment advisory fee for any assets invested in the Funds. Thus, US 
Trust believes that this procedure effectively operates as a credit 
against the full Plan-level investment management fee in compliance 
with the terms of Part II(c) of PTE 77-4. US Trust represents that for 
each Client Plan, the combined total of all fees received by US Trust 
for the provision of services to the Client Plan, and in connection 
with the provision of services to any of the Funds in which the Plan 
may invest, will not be in excess of ``reasonable compensation'' within 
the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.
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    \21\ US Trust represents that initially the credit will take the 
form of a rebate of fees to the extent of the Funds' investment 
advisory fees and fees for Secondary Services paid to US Trust. The 
credit will also involve an ``out-of-pocket'' payment by US Trust to 
the extent that it also credits each Plan with the Plan's 
proportionate share of fees paid by the Funds to service providers 
unaffiliated with US Trust. Thus, for a period of time, US Trust 
intends to ``rebate'' all Fund-level fees to the affected Plans. 
However, in the future, US Trust will retain a portion of the fees 
paid to it by the Funds for Secondary Services and will reduce or 
eliminate the additional credits for fees paid by the Funds to 
unaffiliated service providers. In this regard, US Trust will 
continue to ``rebate'' all investment advisory fees charged to the 
Funds by US Trust, including any investment advisory fees paid by US 
Trust to third party sub-advisors.
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    In the case of the Bank Plans, from which US Trust receives no 
Plan-level fees, US Trust does not rebate or otherwise credit back to 
the Plans any portion of the fees it receives from the Funds for 
investment advisory/management services or Secondary Services, 
consistent with the terms of PTE 77-3.<SUP>22 ASA concluded, as the 
Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans in connection with the in-kind 
transfer of CIF assets that was made into the Funds in exchange for 
shares of the Funds on May 31, 1996, that the fees to be paid by the 
Bank Plans as investors in the Funds would be reasonable and within 
industry standards for mutual fund servicing fees.
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    \22\ As noted previously, the Department is providing no opinion 
in this proposed exemption as to whether the fee arrangements 
discussed herein for the Bank Plans meet the conditions of PTE 77-3.
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    14. Audit Requirements. US Trust is responsible for establishing 
and maintaining a system of internal accounting controls for the 
crediting of the investment advisory or other fees to the Client Plans 
under the Credit Program. In this regard, US Trust has retained the 
services of Coopers & Lybrand of New York, New York (the Auditor), an 
independent accounting firm, to audit annually the rebating of fees to 
the Client Plans under this program. Such audits will provide 
independent verification of the proper crediting of fees to the Client 
Plans. Information regarding fee credits will be used in the 
preparation of required financial disclosure reports of the Funds for 
the benefit of the Client Plans.
    By letter dated September 25, 1996, the Auditor has described the 
procedures that will be utilized in the annual audit of the Credit 
Program. Specifically, in performing its audit, the Auditor will: (a) 
Review and test compliance with the specific operational controls and 
procedures established by US Trust for making expense rebates (i.e. 
credits of fees under the Credit Program); (b) verify, on a test basis, 
the monthly expense ratios by agreeing them to the respective Fund's 
prospectus; (c) recalculate, on a test basis, the monthly average 
balance invested in the Funds; (d) recalculate, on a test basis, the 
amount of the rebate to be credited to each Client Plan; (e) recompute, 
on a test basis, the amount of the rebate determined for selected 
Client Plans and verify that the proper credit was made to the 
particular Client Plan in a timely manner; and (f) verify, on a test 
basis, the total amount of credits or ``rebates'' made to the 
convenience account established for the Credit Program.
    In the event that either the internal audit by US Trust or the 
independent audit by the Auditor identifies an error made in the 
crediting of fees to the Client Plans, US Trust will correct the error. 
With respect to any shortfall in credit fees to a Client Plan involving 
cash credits, US Trust will make a cash payment to the Client Plan 
equal to the amount of the error plus interest paid at money market 
rates offered by US Trust for the period involved. With respect to any 
shortfall in credited fees involving a Client Plan where the Second 
Fiduciary's prior election was to have credited fees invested in shares 
of a particular Fund, US Trust will make a cash payment to the Client 
Plan equal to the amount of the error plus interest based on the 
greater of either (a) the money market rate offered by US Trust for the 
period involved or (b) the total rate of return for shares of the 
Funds, including dividends, that would have been acquired during such 
period. Any excess credits made to a Client Plan will be corrected by 
an appropriate deduction and reallocation of cash during the next 
payment period to reflect accurately the amount of total credits due to 
the Plan for the period involved.
    15. Future Fee Changes. US Trust states that one of the 
requirements of PTE 77-4 is that any change in any of the rates of fees 
requires prior written approval by the Second Fiduciary of the Plans 
participating in the Funds. US Trust notes that where many Plans 
participate in a Fund, the addition of a service or any increase in 
fees cannot be implemented until written approval of such change is 
obtained from every Second Fiduciary. US Trust proposes to follow an 
alternative ``negative consent'' procedure which it believes provides 
the basic safeguards for the Plans and is more efficient, cost 
effective, and administratively feasible than that required by PTE 77-
4.
    Specifically, in the event of an increase in the rate of any 
investment management fees, investment advisory fees, or similar fees, 
the addition of a Secondary Service for which a fee is charged, or an 
increase in the fees for Secondary Services paid by any Fund to US 
Trust over an existing rate that had been authorized by the Second 
Fiduciary, US Trust will provide, at least thirty (30) days in advance 
of the implementation of such additional service or fee increase, to 
the Client Plans invested in such Fund a written notice of such 
additional service or fee increase. Such notice may take the form of a 
proxy statement, letter, or similar communication that is separate from 
the Fund prospectus and will explain the nature and amount of the 
additional service or the increase in fees. In this regard, such 
increase in fees for Secondary Services can result either from an 
increase in the rate of such fee or from the decrease in the number or 
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for such fee over that which had been authorized by the Second 
Fiduciary of a Client Plan. US Trust believes that notice provided in 
this way will give the Second Fiduciary of each Plan adequate 
opportunity to decide whether to continue the authorization of a Plan's 
investment in any of the Funds in light of the increase in investment 
management fees, investment advisory fees, or similar fees, the 
additional Secondary Service for which a fee is charged, or the 
increase in fees for any Secondary Services. In addition, such fee 
increase will be disclosed to the Plan in an amendment of or supplement 
to the Fund's prospectus, as well as in the Fund's Statement of 
Additional Information, to the extent necessary to comply with 
disclosure requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
(SEC).
    The written notice of an additional secondary service for which a 
fee is charged or a fee increase will be accompanied by a Termination 
Form, as defined in Section III(i) of this proposed exemption, and by 
instructions for the use of such form which will expressly provide an 
election for the Second Fiduciaries of Plans to terminate at will any 
prior authorizations without penalty to the Plans. Each Client Plan 
will be supplied with a Termination Form annually during the first 
quarter of each calendar year, beginning with the first quarter of the 
calendar year that begins after the date the grant of this proposed 
exemption is published in the Federal Register and continuing for each 
calendar year thereafter, regardless of whether there have been any 
changes in the fees payable to US Trust or changes in other matters in 
connection with services rendered to the Funds. However, if the 
Termination Form has been provided to the Plan in the event of an 
addition of a Secondary Service for which a fee is charged, or an 
increase in any existing fees for Secondary Services paid by the Fund 
to US Trust, then such Termination Form need not be provided again to 
the Plan until at least six months have elapsed, unless such 
Termination Form is required to be sent sooner as a result of another 
increase in any such fees or addition of such services.
    The Termination Form will contain instructions regarding its use 
which will state expressly that the authorization is terminable at will 
by a Second Fiduciary, without penalty to the Plan, and that failure to 
return the form will be deemed to be an approval of the additional 
Secondary Service or the increase in the rate of any fees and will 
result in the continuation of all authorizations previously given by 
such Second Fiduciary. Termination by any Plan of authorization to 
invest in the Funds will be effected by US Trust redeeming the shares 
of the Fund held by the affected Plan by the close of business on the 
day following the date of receipt by US Trust of the Termination Form 
or any other written notice of termination. If, due to circumstances 
beyond the control of US Trust, the redemption cannot be executed 
within one business day, US Trust will have one additional business day 
to complete such redemption.
    16. No sales commissions are paid by the Client Plans in connection 
with purchases or sales of shares of the Funds and no redemption fees 
are paid in connection with the sale of such shares by the Plans to the 
Funds. In addition, neither US Trust nor any affiliate (including 
officers, directors and other persons, as defined in Section III(b) 
above) purchases from or sells to the Client Plans any shares of the 
Funds. US Trust does not receive any 12b-1 fees, payable pursuant Rule 
12b-1 under the ICA, for transactions with the Funds involving the 
Plans. In all cases, the price paid or received by a Plan for any Fund 
shares is the net asset value per share, as defined in Section III(e) 
above, at the time of the transaction and is the same price which would 
be paid or received for the shares by any other investor at that time. 
US Trust states that all dealings between the Plans and any of the 
Funds are on a basis no less favorable to such Plans than dealings 
between the Funds and other shareholders holding the same class of 
shares as the Plans.
    17. On an annual basis, US Trust will provide the Second Fiduciary 
of a Plan with a copy of the current prospectus for the Funds and, upon 
such fiduciary's request, a copy of the Statement of Additional 
Information which contains a description of all fees paid by the Funds 
to US Trust. In addition, US Trust will provide the Second Fiduciary 
with a copy of a financial disclosure report prepared by US Trust which 
contains information about the portfolios of the Funds and includes the 
Auditor's findings within 60 days of the preparation of the report. 
Further, US Trust will respond to oral or written responses to 
inquiries of the Second Fiduciary as they may arise.
    In some cases, a US Trust affiliate may execute securities 
transactions as a broker for the investment portfolios of certain 
Funds, to the extent permitted by the ICA and the applicable rules of 
the SEC. To the extent that US Trust does not currently execute 
securities brokerage transactions for any Fund for which a fee is paid 
to US Trust, but proposes to do so in the future, US Trust will at 
least thirty (30) days in advance of the implementation of such 
additional service provide a written notice to the Plan which explains 
the nature of such additional service and the amount of the brokerage 
fees involved. Further for any Fund that US Trust provides such 
brokerages services, US Trust will provide at least annually to any 
Plan that invests in such Funds a written disclosure indicating: (a) 
The total, expressed in dollars, brokerage commissions of each Fund's 
investment portfolio that are paid to US Trust by such Fund; (b) the 
total, expressed in dollars, of brokerage commissions of each Fund's 
investment portfolio that are paid by such Fund to brokerage firms 
unrelated to US Trust; (c) the average brokerage commissions per share, 
expressed as cents per share, paid to US Trust by each portfolio of a 
Fund; and (d) the average brokerage commissions per share, expressed as 
cents per share, paid by each portfolio of a Fund to brokerage firms 
unrelated to US Trust.
    18. In summary, US Trust represents that the transactions described 
herein satisfy the statutory criteria for an exemption under section 
408(a) of the Act because:
    (a) The Funds provide the Client Plans and the Bank Plans with a 
more effective investment vehicle than the CIFs maintained by US Trust 
without any ``double'' investment advisory or similar fees paid to US 
Trust.
    (b) With respect to the transfer of a Plan's CIF assets into a Fund 
in exchange for Fund shares, a Second Fiduciary authorizes in writing, 
such transfer prior to the transaction only after full written 
disclosure of information concerning the Fund.
    (c) Each Bank Plan or Client Plan receives shares of the Funds, in 
connection with the in-kind transfer of assets of a CIF or a Plan, 
which have a total net asset value that is equal to the value of such 
Plan's pro rata share of the CIF or Plan assets on the date of the 
transfer as determined in a single valuation performed in the same 
manner and at the close of the business day, using independent sources 
in accordance with procedures established by the Funds which comply 
with Rule 17a-7 of the ICA, as amended, and the procedures established 
by the Funds pursuant to Rule 17a-7 for the valuation of such assets.
    (d) For all in-kind transfers of CIF or Plan assets to a Fund, US 
Trust sends by regular mail to each affected Plan a written 
confirmation, not later than 30 days after the completion of the 
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transactions described herein where such confirmations were sent at a 
later date), containing the following information: (1) The identity of 
each security that was valued for purposes of the transaction in 
accordance with Rule 17a-7(b)(4) of the ICA; (2) the price of each such 
security involved in the transaction; and (3) the identity of each 
pricing service or market maker consulted in determining the value of 
such securities.
    (e) For all in-kind transfers of CIF assets to a Fund, US Trust 
sends by regular mail, no later than 90 days after completion of each 
transfer, a written confirmation that contains the following 
information: (1) The number of CIF units held by the Plan immediately 
before the transfer, the related per unit value and the total dollar 
amount of such CIF units; and (2) the number of shares in the Funds 
that are held by the Plan following the conversion, the related per 
share net asset value and the total dollar amount of such shares.
    (f) The price paid or received by a Bank Plan or a Client Plan for 
shares of the Funds is the net asset value per share at the time of the 
transaction and is the same price for the shares which was or would 
have been paid or received by any other investor at that time.
    (g) No sales commissions or redemption fees are paid by a Plan in 
connection with the purchase of shares of the Funds.
    (h) US Trust does not receive any 12b-1 fees in connection with the 
transactions.
    (i) Any authorizations made by a Client Plan regarding investments 
in a Funds and fees paid to US Trust (including increases in the 
contractual rates of fees for Secondary Services that are retained by 
US Trust) are terminable at will by the Client Plan, without penalty to 
the Client Plan, and are effected within one business day following 
receipt by US Trust, from the Second Fiduciary, of the Termination Form 
or any other written notice of termination, unless circumstances beyond 
the control of US Trust delay execution for no more than one additional 
business day.
    (j) The Second Fiduciary receives written notice accompanied by the 
Termination Form with instructions on the use of the form at least 30 
days in advance of the implementation of any increase in the rate of 
any fees for Secondary Services that US Trust provides to the Funds.
    (k) All dealings by or between the Plans, the Funds and US Trust 
are on a basis which is at least as favorable to the Plans as such 
dealings are with other shareholders of the Funds.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Notice of the proposed exemption will be given to interested 
persons who had investments in the terminating CIFs and from whom 
approval was sought for the transfer of Plan assets to the Funds. In 
this regard, interested persons will include ASA, the Second Fiduciary 
of the Bank Plans; active participants in the Bank Plans; and Second 
Fiduciaries of the Client Plans. Notice will be provided to each Second 
Fiduciary by first class mail and to active participants in the Bank 
Plans by posting at major job sites. Such notice will be given to 
interested persons within 15 days following the publication of this 
notice of pendency of the proposed exemption in the Federal Register. 
The notice will include a copy of the notice of proposed exemption, as 
published herein, and give interested persons the right to comment on 
and/or to request a hearing on the proposed exemption. Comments and 
requests for a public hearing are due within 45 days of the publication 
of this notice of pendency of the proposed exemption in the Federal 
Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. E.F. Williams of the Department, 
telephone (202) 219-8194. (This is not a toll-free number.)

Givens 401(k) Savings and Retirement Plan (the Plan) Located in 
Chesapeake, VA

[Application No. D-10364]

Proposed Exemption

    The Department is considering granting an exemption under the 
authority of section 408(a) of the Act and section 4975(c)(2) of the 
Code and in accordance with the procedures set forth in 29 C.F.R. Part 
2570, Subpart B (55 F.R. 32836, 32847, August 10, 1990). If the 
exemption is granted the restrictions of sections 406(a), 406(b)(1) and 
(b)(2) of the Act and the sanctions resulting from the application of 
section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A) through 
(E) of the Code, shall not apply to the proposed purchase from the Plan 
of the Plan's interest in a group annuity contract (the GAC Interest) 
by Givens, Incorporated, a sponsor of the Plan; provided the following 
conditions are satisfied:
    (a) The sale is a one-time transaction for cash;
    (b) The Plan suffers no loss nor incurs any expense in connection 
with the sale; and
    (c) The Plan receives a purchase price of no less than the fair 
market value of the GAC Interest as of the date of the sale.

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. The Plan is a 401(k) defined contribution plan which provides 
for individual participant accounts (the Accounts) and participant-
directed investment of the Accounts. The Plan is maintained by Givens 
Trucking Company, Incorporated (GTC), a Virginia corporation, on behalf 
of eligible employees of a controlled group of brother-sister 
corporations which includes Givens, Incorporated (Givens), a Virginia 
corporation engaged in the business of public warehousing in 
Chesapeake, Virginia. GTC, Givens, and other employers in the 
controlled group (the Sponsors) initially adopted the Plan effective 
September 1, 1989 as a prototype 401(k) plan (the Predecessor Plan) 
offered by the J. & W. Seligman Trust Company (Seligman). Seligman 
served as trustee of the Predecessor Plan. Effective March 31, 1995, 
the sponsors replaced Seligman as trustee and formed the Plan by 
adopting a new plan and trust document which amended and entirely 
restated the Predecessor Plan. At that time, Commerce Bank, located in 
Virginia Beach, Virginia, was appointed as the new trustee to replace 
Seligman. The Plan's current trustee, Branch Banking and Trust Company 
of Virginia (the Trustee), is the successor to Commerce Bank as the 
result of the Trustee's acquisition of Commerce Bank in 1995. As of 
June 30, 1996, the Plan had 232 participants and total assets of 
$2,154,700.
    2. Among the investment options offered for Account investments 
under Seligman's trusteeship was a fixed-income fund which invested 
participant-directed Account funds in a group annuity contract, Mutual 
Benefit Deferred Variable Annuity Contract No. 0888000033-S (the GAC). 
The GAC, which was issued to Seligman on October 19, 1989 by Mutual 
Benefit Life Insurance Company of New Jersey (Mutual Benefit), is a 
pooled investment vehicle maintained by Seligman for various employee 
benefit plans, each of which acquired pro-rata interests in the GAC in 
proportion to amounts invested in the GAC. The terms of the GAC 
provided that prior to the beginning of each calendar year, Mutual 
Benefit would establish a guaranteed rate of interest (the Contract 
Rates) payable on funds deposited pursuant to the GAC during that year.
    3. On July 16, 1991, Mutual Benefit was placed into rehabilitation 
proceedings by the New Jersey Commissioner of Insurance (the

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Commissioner).<SUP>23 As a result, the assets of the Plan invested in 
the GAC were frozen, with the exception of certain hardship 
withdrawals. The accumulated book value of the Plan's interest in the 
GAC as of July 16, 1991 was $121,030.18, consisting of the Plan's 
principal deposits plus interest at the Contract Rates less 
withdrawals. In 1994, the terms of the GAC were redefined under a 
rehabilitation plan (the Rehab Plan) approved by the Commissioner and 
the court overseeing the rehabilitation proceedings, the Superior Court 
of New Jersey--Mercer County. As a result of the Rehab Plan, all 
liabilities and obligations of Mutual Benefit with respect to the GAC 
have been assumed by the MBL Life Assurance Corporation (MBLLAC), a New 
Jersey life insurance company located in Newark, New Jersey. Under the 
Rehab Plan, contract holders such as Seligman were offered the ability 
to ``opt in'' to the Rehab Plan by accepting restructured contracts or 
to ``opt out'' by surrendering the contract for a reduced amount of 
cash (generally, approximately 55 percent of the contract face value). 
Seligman, as Plan trustee, elected to ``opt in'' to the Rehab Plan and 
was issued a restructured contract designated as Mutual Benefit Life 
Deferred Variable Annuity Contract No. IVA888000033 (the New GAC) in 
replacement of the GAC, which was cancelled. Under the terms of the New 
GAC, interest is earned on deposits not at the GAC's original Contract 
Rates but at rates determined annually (the Rehab Rates) to reflect 
MBLLAC's actual investment performance.<SUP>24 The Rehab Rate for 1996 
was established at 5.10 percent. The New GAC provides that Plan 
participants are subject to a moratorium charge (the Penalty) for 
withdrawal of any Account balances from the New GAC prior to December 
31, 1999, for any reason other than death or financial hardship as 
determined by MBLLAC. The Penalty is 21.7 percent of the amount 
withdrawn through 1996, 16.3 percent through 1997, 10.9 percent through 
1998 and 5.4 percent through 1999. The accumulated book value of the 
Plan's interest in the New GAC was $129,178 as of June 30, 1996, 
consisting of the accumulated book value of the Plan's interest in the 
GAC as of July 16, 1991 plus interest at the Rehab Rates less 
withdrawals.
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    \23\ The Department notes that the decision to acquire and hold 
interests in the GAC are governed by the fiduciary responsibility 
requirements of Part 4, Subtitle B, Title I of the Act. In this 
proposed exemption, the Department is not proposing relief for any 
violations of Part 4 which may have arisen as a result of the 
acquisition and holding of interests in the GAC.
    \24\ For the period from July 16, 1991 through April 30, 1994, 
the Plan earned interest at the Rehab Rates in the amount of 
$20,395.82, while Plan withdrawals for this same period totalled 
$10,040.52 and the Plan was assessed a contract expense charge of 
$60.00. From May 1, 1994 through June 30, 1996, the Plan earned 
interest at the Rehab Rates in the amount of $13,771.21 and Plan 
withdrawals for this same period totalled $15,918.69. For 1996, the 
Rehab Rate has been established at 5.10 percent.
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    4. GTC and Givens (the Applicants) represent that allowing the Plan 
assets to remain invested in the New GAC exposes Plan participants and 
beneficiaries to some degree of risk, precludes transfers of Account 
balances invested in the New GAC to other investment options available 
in the Plan, precludes participant loans with respect to Account 
balances invested in the New GAC, and prevents lump-sum distributions 
to retiring participants who do not qualify for hardship distributions. 
In order to enable restoration of full Plan operations with respect to 
the amounts invested in the New GAC, and to protect the Plan 
participants and beneficiaries from any further risk of investment loss 
associated with the New GAC, the Applicants propose that Givens 
purchase the Plan's entire interest in the New GAC (the GAC Interest) 
from the Plan, and is requesting an exemption to enable such 
transaction under the terms and conditions described herein.
    5. Givens will purchase the GAC Interest from the Plan for a 
purchase price equal to the Plan's pro-rata share of the accumulated 
book value of the New GAC as of the purchase date under the 
restructured terms, as determined by MBLLAC. As of June 30, 1996, the 
value of the GAC Interest under the GAC's restructured terms, $129,178, 
constituted approximately 6 percent of all Plan assets. The purchase 
price will reflect interest earnings at the Rehab Rates through the 
date of the sale transaction. The Plan will incur no expenses in 
connection with the transaction. The Applicants state that the 
transaction will enable the Plan participants to gain access to the 
Account balances invested in the New GAC, for participant loans, 
distributions and non-hardship withdrawals, without incurring the 
Penalty for withdrawal, which they estimate would be at least $28,031. 
The Applicants represent that in the proposed transaction the Plan will 
experience no loss, since the transaction will enable the Accounts to 
realize the same amount of cash they would realize from a withdrawal of 
Account balances from the New GAC, with Rehab Rate interest through the 
date of withdrawal, if withdrawals without the Penalty were permitted 
under the terms of the Rehab Plan.
    6. In summary, the Applicants represent that the proposed 
transaction satisfies the criteria of section 408(a) of the Act for the 
following reasons: (a) The sale will be a one-time transaction for 
cash; (b) The Plan will suffer no loss and will incur no expense with 
respect to the transaction; (c) The transaction will protect the Plan 
from any risk associated with continued holding of the New GAC, as well 
as enabling participants to exercise all of their rights under the Plan 
with respect to distributions, loans, transfers and withdrawals; and 
(d) the purchase price will be the value of the GAC Interest as of the 
sale date under the restructured terms of the New GAC, as determined by 
MBLLAC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald Willett of the Department, 
telephone (202) 219-8881. (This is not a toll-free number.)

General Information

    The attention of interested persons is directed to the following:
    (1) The fact that a transaction is the subject of an exemption 
under section 408(a) of the Act and/or section 4975(c)(2) of the Code 
does not relieve a fiduciary or other party in interest of disqualified 
person from certain other provisions of the Act and/or the Code, 
including any prohibited transaction provisions to which the exemption 
does not apply and the general fiduciary responsibility provisions of 
section 404 of the Act, which among other things require a fiduciary to 
discharge his duties respecting the plan solely in the interest of the 
participants and beneficiaries of the plan and in a prudent fashion in 
accordance with section 404(a)(1)(b) of the act; nor does it affect the 
requirement of section 401(a) of the Code that the plan must operate 
for the exclusive benefit of the employees of the employer maintaining 
the plan and their beneficiaries;
    (2) Before an exemption may be granted under section 408(a) of the 
Act and/or section 4975(c)(2) of the Code, the Department must find 
that the exemption is administratively feasible, in the interests of 
the plan and of its participants and beneficiaries and protective of 
the rights of participants and beneficiaries of the plan;
    (3) The proposed exemptions, if granted, will be supplemental to, 
and not in derogation of, any other provisions of the Act and/or the 
Code, including statutory or administrative exemptions and transitional 
rules. Furthermore, the fact that a transaction is subject to an 
administrative or statutory exemption is not dispositive of

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whether the transaction is in fact a prohibited transaction; and
    (4) The proposed exemptions, if granted, will be subject to the 
express condition that the material facts and representations contained 
in each application are true and complete and accurately describe all 
material terms of the transaction which is the subject of the 
exemption. In the case of continuing exemption transactions, if any of 
the material facts or representations described in the application 
change after the exemption is granted, the exemption will cease to 
apply as of the date of such change. In the event of any such change, 
application for a new exemption may be made to the Department.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 12th day of December, 1996.
Ivan Strasfeld,
Director of Exemption Determinations, Pension and Welfare Benefits 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 96-31993 Filed 12-16-96; 8:45 am]
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