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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
Proposed Exemptions; Sanwa Bank California [Notices] [05/29/1998]

EBSA (Formerly PWBA) Federal Register Notice

Proposed Exemptions; Sanwa Bank California [05/29/1998]

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Volume 63, Number 103, Page 29443-29459

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
[Application No. D-10503, et al.]

 
Proposed Exemptions; Sanwa Bank California

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 restrictions 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

    All interested persons are invited to submit written comments or 
request for a hearing on the pending exemptions, unless otherwise 
stated in the Notice of Proposed Exemption, within 45 days from the 
date of publication of this Federal Register Notice. Comments and 
requests 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.

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.

Sanwa Bank California (Sanwa Bank) Located in Los Angeles, CA

[Application No. D-10503]

Proposed Exemption

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

    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) shall not apply, effective October 31, 1997, 
to the purchase, by an employee benefit plan established and maintained 
by parties other than Sanwa Bank (the Client Plan) or by Sanwa Bank 
(the Bank Plan) <SUP>1</SUP> of shares of one or more open-end 
management investment companies (the Fund or Funds), registered under 
the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act), in 
exchange for assets of the Plan transferred in-kind to the Fund by a 
collective investment fund (the CIF) maintained by Sanwa Bank, where 
Sanwa Bank is the investment adviser and may provide other services to 
the Fund (the Secondary Services), as defined in Section III(i), and 
where Sanwa Bank is also a fiduciary of the Plan, in connection with 
the termination of such CIFs.
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    \1\ Unless otherwise noted, the Client Plans and the Bank Plans 
are collectively referred to as the Plans.
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    This proposed exemption is subject to the following conditions:
    (a) A fiduciary (the Second Fiduciary), as defined in Section 
III(h), which is acting on behalf of each affected Plan and which is 
independent of and unrelated to Sanwa Bank, receives advance written 
notice of the in-kind transfer of assets of the CIFs in exchange for 
shares of the Funds and full written disclosures of information 
concerning the Funds which includes the following:
    (1) A current prospectus for each Fund in which the Client Plan may 
invest;
    (2) A statement describing the fees for investment advisory or 
other similar services, any fees for Secondary Services, as defined in 
Section III(i), and all other fees to be charged to or paid by the 
Client Plan and by such Funds to Sanwa Bank, including the nature and 
extent of any differential between the rates of such fees;
    (3) A statement of the reasons why Sanwa Bank may consider such 
investment to be appropriate for the Client Plan;
    (4) A statement of whether there are any limitations applicable to 
Sanwa Bank with respect to which assets of a Client Plan may be 
invested in Fund shares, and, if so, the nature of such limitations; 
and
    (5) A copy of the proposed exemption and/or a copy of the final 
exemption upon the request of the Second Fiduciary.
    (b) On the basis of the foregoing information, the Second Fiduciary 
gives prior approval in writing for each purchase of Fund shares in 
exchange for the Plan's assets transferred from the CIF, consistent 
with the responsibilities, obligations and duties imposed on 
fiduciaries by Part 4 of Title I of the Act. In addition, the Second 
Fiduciary gives prior approval in writing of the receipt of 
confirmation statements described in Section I(g) by facsimile or 
electronic mail if the Second Fiduciary elects to receive such 
statements in that form.
    (c) No sales commissions or other fees are paid by the Plan in 
connection with the purchase of Fund shares.
    (d) All transferred assets are securities for which market 
quotations are readily available, or cash.
    (e) The transferred assets constitute a pro rata portion of all 
assets of a Plan held in the CIF immediately prior to the transfer. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the allocation of fixed-income 
securities held by a CIF among Plans on the basis of each Plan's pro 
rata share of the aggregate value of such securities will not fail to 
meet the requirements of this subsection if:

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    (1) The aggregate value of such securities does not exceed one (1) 
percent of the total value of the assets held by the CIF immediately 
prior to the transfer, in connection with the termination of such CIF; 
and
    (2) Such securities have the same coupon rate and maturity, and at 
the time of the transfer, the same credit ratings from nationally 
recognized statistical rating agencies.
    (f) Each Plan receives Fund shares that have a total net asset 
value equal to the value of the Plan's transferred assets on the date 
of the transfer, as determined with respect to securities in a single 
valuation performed in the same manner and at the close of business on 
the same day in accordance with Rule 17a-7 (using sources independent 
of Sanwa Bank and the Fund) and the procedures established by the Funds 
pursuant to Rule 17a-7. 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 Sanwa Bank.
    (g) Sanwa Bank sends by regular mail or, if applicable, by 
facsimile or electronic mail, to the Second Fiduciary of each affected 
Plan that purchases Fund shares in connection with the in-kind 
transfer, the following information:
    (1) No later than 30 days after the completion of the purchase, a 
written confirmation which contains--
    (A) The identity of each transferred security that was valued for 
purposes of the transaction in accordance with Rule 17a-7(b)(4);
    (B) The current market price, as of the date of the in-kind 
transfer, of each such security involved in the transaction; and
    (C) The identity of each pricing service or market-maker consulted 
in determining the current market price of such securities.
    (2) No later than 105 days after the completion of each purchase, a 
written confirmation which contains --
    (A) The number of CIF units held by each affected Plan immediately 
before the in-kind transfer, the related per unit value, and the total 
dollar amount of such CIF units; and
    (C) The number of shares in the Funds that are held by each 
affected Plan immediately following the in-kind transfer, the related 
per share net asset value and the total dollar amount of such shares.
    (h) The conditions set forth in Sections II(d), (e), (n)(1), (o), 
(p) and (q) are satisfied.

Section II. Proposed Exemption for the Receipt of fees From the 
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 
October 31, 1997, to (1) the receipt of fees by Sanwa Bank from the 
Funds for investment advisory services provided to the Funds; and (2) 
the receipt or retention of fees by Sanwa Bank from the Funds for 
acting as a custodian or shareholder serving agent to the Funds, as 
well as for providing any other services to the Funds which are not 
investment advisory services (i.e., the Secondary Services), as defined 
in Section III(i), in connection with the investment of shares in the 
Funds by the Client Plans for which Sanwa Bank acts as a 
fiduciary,<SUP>2</SUP> provided that the following conditions are met:
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    \2\ Sanwa Bank is not requesting an exemption for investments in 
the Funds by the Bank Plans. Sanwa Bank represents that the Bank 
Plans may acquire or sell shares of the Funds pursuant to Prohibited 
Transaction Exemption (PTE) 77-3 (42 FR 18734, April 8, 1977). PTE 
77-3 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. The Department expresses no opinion on 
whether any transactions with the Funds by the Bank Plans would be 
covered by PTE 77-3.
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    (a) No sales commissions are paid by the Client Plans in connection 
with purchases or redemptions of shares of the Funds and no redemption 
fees are paid in connection with the sale of such shares by the Client 
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) Sanwa Bank, any of its affiliates or their officers or 
directors do not purchase from or sell to any of the Client Plans 
shares of any of the Funds.
    (d) For each Client Plan, the combined total of all fees received 
by Sanwa Bank for the provision of services to such Plan, and in 
connection with the provision of services to any of the Funds in which 
the Client Plans may invest, is not in excess of ``reasonable 
compensation'' within the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.
    (e) Sanwa Bank does not receive any fees payable, pursuant to Rule 
12b-1 (the 12b-1 Fees) under the 1940 Act in connection with the 
transactions involving the Funds.
    (f) A Second Fiduciary with respect to a Client Plan receives in 
advance of the investment by the Client Plan in any of the Funds, a 
full and detailed written disclosure of information concerning such 
Fund including, but not limited to the disclosures described above in 
Section I(a).
    (g) On the basis of the foregoing information, the Second Fiduciary 
authorizes in writing--
    (1) The investment of assets of the Client Plan in shares of the 
Fund;
    (2) The Funds in which the assets of the Client Plan may be 
invested; and
    (3) The fees received by Sanwa Bank in connection with investment 
advisory services and Secondary Services provided to the Funds, such 
authorization by the Second Fiduciary to be consistent with the 
responsibilities obligations, and duties imposed on fiduciaries by Part 
4 of Title I of the Act.
    (h) The authorization, described in Section II(g) is terminable at 
will by the Second Fiduciary of a Client Plan, without penalty to such 
Client Plan. Such termination will be effected by Sanwa Bank redeeming 
the shares of the Funds held by the affected Client Plan within one 
business day following receipt by Sanwa Bank, either by mail, hand 
delivery, facsimile, or other available means at the option of the 
Second Fiduciary, of written notice of termination (the Termination 
Form), as defined in Section III(j); provided that if, due to 
circumstances beyond the control of Sanwa Bank, the redemption cannot 
be executed within one business day, Sanwa Bank shall have one 
additional business day to complete such redemption.
    (i) The Client Plans do not pay any Plan-level investment advisory 
fees to Sanwa Bank with respect to any of the assets of such Client 
Plans which are invested in shares of the Funds. This condition does 
not preclude the payment of investment advisory fees by the Funds to 
Sanwa Bank under the terms of an investment advisory agreement adopted 
in accordance with section 15 of the 1940 Act or other agreement 
between Sanwa Bank and the Funds or the retention by Sanwa Bank of fees 
for Secondary Services paid to Sanwa Bank by the Funds.

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    (j) In the event of an increase in the rate of any fees paid by the 
Funds to Sanwa Bank regarding investment advisory services that Sanwa 
Bank provides to the Funds over an existing rate for such services that 
had been authorized by a Second Fiduciary of a Client Plan, in 
accordance with Section II(g), Sanwa Bank will, at least 30 days in 
advance of the implementation of such increase, provide a written 
notice (which may take the form of a proxy statement, letter, or 
similar communication that is separate from the prospectus of the Fund 
and which explains the nature and amount of the increase in fees) to 
the Second Fiduciary of each Client Plan invested in a Fund which is 
increasing such fees. Such notice shall be accompanied by the 
Termination Form, as defined in Section III(j).
    (k) In the event of an (1) addition of a Secondary Service, as 
defined in Section III(i), provided by Sanwa Bank to the Funds for 
which a fee is charged or (2) an increase in the rate of any fee paid 
by the Funds to Sanwa Bank 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 Sanwa Bank for such fee 
over an existing rate for such Secondary Service which had been 
authorized by the Secondary Fiduciary in accordance with Section II(g), 
Sanwa Bank will, at least 30 days in advance of the implementation of 
such Secondary Service or fee increase, provide a written notice (which 
may take the form of a proxy statement, letter, or similar 
communication that is separate from the prospectus of the Funds and 
which explains the nature and amount of the additional Secondary 
Service for which a fee is charged or the nature and amount of the 
increase in fees) 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(j).
    (l) The Second Fiduciary is supplied with a Termination Form at the 
times specified in Sections II(j),(k) and (m), which expressly provides 
an election to terminate the authorization, described above 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. The termination will be effected 
by Sanwa Bank redeeming shares of the Funds held by the Client Plans 
requesting termination within the period of time specified by the 
Client Plan, but not later than one business day following receipt by 
Sanwa Bank from the Second Fiduciary of the Termination Form or any 
written notice of termination; provided that if, due to circumstances 
beyond the control of Sanwa Bank, the redemption of shares of such 
Client Plan cannot be executed within one business day, Sanwa Bank 
shall have one additional business day to complete such redemption; and
    (2) Failure by the Second Fiduciary to return the Termination Form 
on behalf of the Client Plan will be deemed to be an approval of the 
additional Secondary Service for which a fee is charged or an increase 
in the rate of any fees and will result in the continuation of the 
authorization, as described in Section II(g), of Sanwa Bank to engage 
in the transactions on behalf of the Client Plan;
    (m) The Second Fiduciary is supplied with a Termination Form at 
least once in each calendar year, beginning with the calendar year that 
begins after 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, sooner than six months after 
such Termination Form is supplied pursuant to Sections II(j) and (k), 
except to the extent required by Sections II(j) and (k) 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, Sanwa Bank will provide the Second Fiduciary of such Plan the 
following information:
    (A) At least annually, a copy of an updated prospectus of such 
Fund; and
    (B) Upon the request of the Second Fiduciary, a report or statement 
(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 
Sanwa Bank.
    (2) With respect to each of the Funds in which a Client Plan 
invests, in the event such Fund places brokerage transactions with 
Sanwa Bank, Sanwa Bank will provide the Second Fiduciary of such Client 
Plan at least annually with a statement specifying--
    (A) The total, expressed in dollars, brokerage commissions of each 
Fund that are paid to Sanwa Bank by such Fund;
    (B) The total, expressed in dollars, brokerage commissions of each 
Fund that are paid by such Fund to brokerage firms unrelated to Sanwa 
Bank;
    (C) The average brokerage commissions per share, expressed as cents 
per share, paid to Sanwa Bank by each Fund; and
    (D) The average brokerage commissions per share, expressed as cents 
per share, paid by each Fund to brokerage firms unrelated to Sanwa 
Bank.
    (o) All dealings between the Client Plans and any of the Funds are 
on a basis no less favorable to such Client Plans than dealings between 
the Funds and other non-Plan shareholders holding the same class of 
shares as the Client Plans.
    (p) Sanwa Bank maintains for a period of 6 years, in a manner that 
is accessible for audit and examination, the records necessary to 
enable the persons, described in Section II(q), 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 Sanwa Bank, the 
records are lost or destroyed prior to the end of the 6 year period; 
and
    (2) No party in interest, other than Sanwa Bank, 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).
    (q)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (q)(2) of this Section II 
and notwithstanding any provisions of subsection (a)(2) and (b) of 
section 504 of the Act, the records referred to in Section II(p) are 
unconditionally available at their customary location for examination 
during normal business hours by--
    (A) Any duly authorized employee or representative of the 
Department, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) or the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC);
    (B) Any fiduciary of each of the Client Plans who has authority to 
acquire or dispose of shares of any of the Funds owned by such Client 
Plan, or any duly authorized employee or representative of such 
fiduciary; and
    (C) 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)(B) and 
(q)(1)(C) of Section II shall be authorized to examine trade secrets of 
Sanwa Bank, or commercial or financial information which is privileged 
or confidential.

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Section III. Definitions

    For purposes of this proposed exemption,
    (a) The term ``Sanwa Bank'' means Sanwa Bank California and any 
affiliate of Sanwa Bank, as defined in Section III(b).
    (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 terms ``Fund or Funds'' mean any open-end management 
investment company or companies registered under the 1940 Act for which 
Sanwa Bank serves as investment adviser and may also provide custodial 
or other services, such as Secondary Services, as approved by such 
Funds.
    (e) The term ``net asset value'' means the amount for purposes of 
pricing all purchases and redemptions 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 ``Plan'' means a welfare plan described in 29 CFR 
2510.3-1, as amended; a pension plan described in 29 CFR 2510.3-2, as 
amended; a plan described in section 4975(e)(1) of the Code; and a 
retirement plan qualified under section 401(a) of the Code with respect 
to which Sanwa Bank serves or will serve as trustee, investment manager 
or custodian, and which constitutes an ``employee benefit plan'' under 
section 3(3) of the Act. The term ``Client Plan'' includes a Plan 
maintained by an entity other than Sanwa Bank. The term ``Bank Plan'' 
includes a Plan maintained by Sanwa Bank, including, but not limited 
to, the Sanwa Bank California Retirement Plan (the SBC Retirement Plan) 
and the Sanwa Bank California Premiere Savings Plan (the SBC Savings 
Plan).
    (g) 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.
    (h) The term ``Second Fiduciary'' means a fiduciary of a plan who 
is independent of and unrelated to Sanwa Bank. For purposes of this 
exemption, the Second Fiduciary will not be deemed to be independent of 
and unrelated to Sanwa Bank if--
    (1) Such Second Fiduciary directly or indirectly controls, is 
controlled by or is under common control with Sanwa Bank;
    (2) Such Second Fiduciary, or any officer, director, partner, 
employee or relative of such Second Fiduciary is an officer, director, 
partner or employee of Sanwa Bank (or is a relative of such persons); 
and
    (3) Such Second Fiduciary directly or indirectly receives any 
compensation or other consideration in connection with any transaction 
described in this exemption; provided, however, that, with respect to 
the Bank Plans, the Second Fiduciary may receive compensation from 
Sanwa Bank in connection with the transactions contemplated herein, but 
the amount or payment of such compensation may not be contingent upon 
or in any way affected by the Second Fiduciary's ultimate decision 
regarding whether the Bank Plans participate in the transactions and 
may not exceed 5 percent of such Second Fiduciary's gross annual 
revenues.
    With respect to the Client Plans, if an officer, director, partner, 
or employee of Sanwa Bank (or a relative of such persons), is a 
director of such Second Fiduciary, and if he or she abstains from 
participation in the choice of the Plan's investment manager/adviser, 
the approval of any purchase or redemption by the Plan of shares of the 
Funds, and the approval of any increase of fees, in connection with any 
of the transactions described in Sections I and II, then Section 
III(h)(2) shall not apply.
    (i) The term ``Secondary Service'' means a service, other than an 
investment advisory or similar service, which is provided by Sanwa Bank 
to the Funds, including but not limited to, accounting, administrative, 
brokerage or custodial services.
    (j) The term ``Termination Form'' means the form supplied to the 
Second Fiduciary of a Client Plan, at the times specified in Section 
II(j), (k), and (m), 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 Client Plan and to notify Sanwa Bank in writing to effect such 
termination by redeeming shares of the Fund held by the Plans 
requesting termination not later than one business day following 
receipt by Sanwa Bank of written notice, either by mail, hand delivery, 
facsimile or other available means at the option of the Second 
Fiduciary, of such request for termination; provided that if, due to 
circumstances beyond the control of Sanwa Bank, the redemption cannot 
be executed within one business day, Sanwa Bank shall have one 
additional business day to complete such redemption.
    (k) The term ``fixed-income security'' means any interest-bearing 
or discounted government or corporate security with a face amount of 
$1,000 or more that obligates the issuer to pay the holder a specified 
sum of money, at specific intervals, and to repay the principal amount 
of the loan at maturity.
    (l) The term ``security'' shall have the same meaning as defined in 
section 2(36) of the 1940 Act, as amended, 15 USC 80a-2(36) (1996).
    (m) The term ``business day'' means a banking day as defined by 
federal or state banking regulations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: If granted, this proposed exemption will be effective 
as of October 31, 1997.

Summary of Facts and Representations

1. Description of the Parties

    The parties involved in the subject transactions are described as 
follows:
    (a) Sanwa Bank, a California-chartered bank, is a wholly owned 
subsidiary of The Sanwa Bank, Limited, which is headquartered in Japan. 
Sanwa Bank provides trust and banking services to individuals, 
corporations and institutions, both nationally and internationally. 
Sanwa Bank serves as trustee, investment manager or custodian to the 
Plans described herein and will serve as investment adviser to the 
Funds described more fully below. As of December 31, 1997, Sanwa Bank 
held total trust and fiduciary assets of approximately $10.2 billion.
    (b) The Plans include welfare plans described in 29 CFR 2510.3-1, 
as amended; pension plans described in 29 CFR 2510.3-2, as amended; 
plans described in section 4975(e)(1) of the Code; and retirement plans 
qualified under section 401(a) of the Code with respect to which Sanwa 
Bank serves or will serve as trustee, investment manager or custodian, 
and which constitute ``employee benefit plans'' under section 3(3) of 
the Act. As of December 31, 1997, Sanwa Bank served

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as trustee, investment manager or custodian for approximately 856 
Client Plans with total assets of approximately $1.7 billion. In 
addition, Sanwa Bank had investment responsibility with respect to 
approximately $95 million in Client Plan assets, of which approximately 
$25 million represented assets invested in converting CIFs. Whether any 
Client Plan will participate in a conversion transaction will depend 
solely on the decision of a fiduciary which is independent of Sanwa 
Bank (i.e., a Second Fiduciary).<SUP>3</SUP>
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    \3\ The Department is not proposing exemptive relief herein for 
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    The Plans also include certain Bank Plans that are maintained by 
Sanwa Bank. Specifically, the Bank Plans presently include the SBC 
Retirement Plan and SBC Savings Plan. As of December 31, 1997, the SBC 
Retirement Plan and the SBC Savings Plan had total assets of 
approximately $175 million and $68 million, respectively. As of August 
28, 1997, the SBC Retirement Plan had 4,500 participants and the SBC 
Savings Plan had 3,500 participants. Whether a Bank Plan may 
participate in a conversion transaction will also be determined by a 
Second Fiduciary which has been appointed to represent the interests of 
the Bank Plans.
    (c) The CIFs are separate investment funds maintained under a trust 
known as ``The Sanwa Bank California Common Trust Fund.'' The CIFs that 
were converted in the initial conversion transaction were the 
following: <SUP>4</SUP>
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    \4\ Sanwa Bank maintains CIFs other than those involved in the 
subject transactions. Some of these CIFs, which were converted 
contemporaneously with the CIFs, do not hold Plan assets while 
others do. As such, it is proposed that those CIFs holding plan 
assets be covered by the requested exemption if and when they are 
converted in the future.
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    <bullet> ITS Asset Allocation Investment Fund, also known as 
Balanced Fund J (the Asset Allocation Fund)
    <bullet> ITS Common Stock Investment Fund, also known as Equity 
Fund D (the Equity Fund)
    <bullet> ITS Bond Investment Fund, also known as Fixed Income Fund 
C (the Fixed Income Fund)
    <bullet> ITS International Common Stock Fund, also known as 
International Equity Fund G (the International Equity Fund)
    <bullet> ITS Money Market Investment Fund, also known as Money 
Market Fund E (the Money Market Fund)
    The general investment policy and objective of these CIFs 
correspond substantially to the Funds described below.
    (d) The Funds, otherwise referred to as ``The Eureka Funds,'' 
constitute an open-end management investment company registered under 
the 1940 Act, as amended. The Funds are and will be separate investment 
portfolios or ``series'' of The Eureka Funds that will be offered to 
investors at ``no-load.'' Therefore, Sanwa Bank requests that the 
exemption apply both retroactively to the existing Funds and 
prospectively to any similar Fund with respect to which Sanwa Bank or 
its affiliates may provide services.
    The Eureka Funds initially will consist of five Funds, each to be 
offered and sold in compliance with SEC rules and regulations. These 
five Funds are listed as follows:
    <bullet> The Eureka Global Asset Allocation Fund
    <bullet> The Eureka Equity Fund
    <bullet> The Eureka Investment Grade Bond Fund
    <bullet> The Eureka Prime Money Market Fund
    <bullet> The Eureka U.S. Treasury Obligations Fund <SUP>5</SUP>
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    \5\ The U.S. Treasury Obligations Fund was not involved in the 
conversion transaction described in this proposed exemption. 
However, this Fund would be covered by the requested exemption to 
the extent that a converting CIF were to transfer its assets to such 
Fund or a Plan or Plans were to invest in this Fund in the future.
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    Sanwa Bank serves as investment adviser to the Funds. For such 
services performed, Sanwa Bank will receive annualized investment 
advisory fees currently ranging from 0.10 percent for the U.S. Treasury 
Obligations Fund to 0.80 percent for the Global Asset Allocation Fund. 
Although parties unrelated to Sanwa Bank will typically provide 
custody, transfer agent, recordkeeping and other services (i.e., 
Secondary Services) to the Funds, it is possible that Sanwa Bank or an 
affiliate may undertake to provide such services to a Fund in the 
future.
    (f) Actuarial Sciences Associates, Inc. (ASA) has been retained 
temporarily by Sanwa Bank to serve as the Second Fiduciary for Bank 
Plans investing in the Funds. ASA, which is located in Somerset, New 
Jersey, 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 1940 Act. As of November 1997, 
ATTIMCO exercised discretionary authority with respect to over 
approximately $40 billion in assets. ASA, ATTIMCO and their affiliates 
are independent of and unrelated to Sanwa Bank and its affiliates. The 
fees received by ASA from Sanwa Bank currently represent less than one-
tenth of one percent of the gross revenues of ASA and are not likely to 
exceed 5 percent of ASA's gross revenues in the foreseeable future.

Description of the Transactions

    2. Sanwa Bank requests exemptive relief with respect to the in-kind 
transfer, of all or a pro rata portion of a Plan's assets that were 
invested in the terminating CIFs (identified above) to the Funds, in 
exchange for shares of the Funds. In addition, Sanwa Bank requests 
exemptive relief for the receipt of fees from the Funds, in connection 
with the investment of assets of Client Plans for which Sanwa Bank acts 
as a trustee, investment manager, or custodian, in shares of the Funds 
in instances where Sanwa Bank is an investment adviser, custodian, and 
shareholder servicing agent for the Funds.<SUP>6</SUP> The exemptive 
relief provided for the receipt of fees would cover Client Plans of 
Sanwa Bank only. If granted, the exemption would be effective as of 
October 31, 1997 and would apply to similar transactions that may arise 
in the future.
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    \6\ As previously noted, Sanwa Bank is not requesting an 
exemption for investments in the Funds by the Bank Plans. Sanwa Bank 
represents that the Bank Plans may acquire or sell shares of the 
Funds pursuant to PTE 77-3.
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In-Kind Transfers by the Plans

    3. Sanwa Bank decided to terminate the aforementioned CIFs and 
offer to the Plans participating therein the opportunity to acquire 
shares in their corresponding Funds as alternative investments. Because 
the interests in CIFs generally must be liquidated or withdrawn to 
effect distributions, Sanwa Bank believes that the interests of the 
Plans participating in the CIFs (and similar CIFs that may convert in 
the future) would be better served by investment in shares of the 
Funds, which can be distributed in-kind.
    In addition, Sanwa Bank believes that the Funds may offer 
advantages over the CIFs such as pooled investment vehicles in that 
Plans, as shareholders of a Fund, will have the opportunity to exercise 
voting and other shareholder rights. Plans, as shareholders of the 
Funds, also will receive periodic disclosures concerning the Funds, as 
mandated by the SEC, including a prospectus, which is updated at least 
annually, an annual report containing audited financial statements of 
the Funds and information regarding such Funds' performance (unless 
such performance information is included in the prospectus of such 
Funds), and a semiannual report containing unaudited financial 
statements. Further, the Plans will be able to monitor the net asset 
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Funds daily from information available in newspapers of general 
circulation.
    Sanwa Bank believes that if the assets of a terminating CIF are 
transferred in-kind to a corresponding Fund in exchange for shares of 
such Fund, potentially large brokerage expenses can be avoided. These 
consist mainly of expenses that otherwise would be incurred if the CIF 
assets were liquidated and the proceeds used to purchase Fund shares 
that are substantially identical to the CIFs. No brokerage commissions 
or other fees (other than customary transfer charges paid to parties 
other than Sanwa Bank or its affiliates) have been charged or will be 
charged to the Plans or the CIFs with respect to the conversions or in 
connection with any other acquisition or redemption of Fund shares by 
the Plans. In addition, no Fund has paid or will pay any 12b-1 Fees to 
Sanwa Bank or its affiliates.
    It is represented that the in-kind transfers of CIF assets in 
exchange for shares of the Funds are ministerial transactions performed 
in accordance with pre-established objective procedures approved by the 
Funds' board of trustees. Such procedures require that assets 
transferred to a corresponding Fund (a) be consistent with the 
investment objectives, policies and restrictions of the Fund, (b) 
satisfy the applicable requirements of the 1940 Act and the Code and, 
(c) have a readily ascertainable market value.
    4. Except as indicated below with respect to the International 
Equity CIF, on October 31, 1997, Sanwa Bank transferred Plan assets 
held in the affected CIFs to the corresponding Funds as shown in the 
table.

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               CIF portfolio                Corresponding fund portfolio
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Asset Allocation Fund.....................  Global Asset Allocation     
                                             Fund.                      
Equity Fund...............................  Equity Fund.                
Fixed Income Fund.........................  Investment Grade Bond Fund. 
International Equity Fund.................  Global Asset Allocation     
                                             Fund.                      
Money Market Fund.........................  Prime Money Market Fund.    
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    With regard to the International Equity CIF, the participants, of 
which include the SBC Retirement Plan, the SBC Savings Plan and a 
number of Client Plans, the conversion of the CIF was processed as 
follows:
    (a) The SBC Savings Plan's interest in the International Equity CIF 
was liquidated and reinvested in shares of a mutual fund investing 
primarily in foreign securities sponsored and advised by a third party 
unrelated to Sanwa Bank, which replaced the CIF as an investment option 
under the SBC Savings Plan. SBC Savings Plan participants who did not 
wish to invest in a new mutual fund were given the option of electing 
instead to have their interest in the International Equity CIF 
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    \7\ In response to the Department's inquiry as to why the SBC 
Savings Plan's interest in the CIF was liquidated and reinvested in 
a third party fund or in another investment option offered under the 
Plan, ASA states that none of the Funds offered to the SBC Savings 
Plan had the same investment policies and objectives that had been 
offered to participants of such Plan. In this regard, it was 
determined that in light of the termination of the International 
Equity CIF, it would be in the interest of participants in the SBC 
Savings Plan to have monies previously invested in such CIF 
transferred to a third-party, international equity fund managed by 
Vanguard, which had objectives similar to the International Equity 
CIF, rather than to the Global Asset Allocation Fund. According to 
ASA, the Global Asset Allocation Fund is not solely an international 
equity fund. Instead, it is a balanced fund with a portion of its 
assets invested in United States investments. ASA states that the 
fiduciary of the SBC Savings Plan thought it more appropriate to 
invest that Plan's assets in an exclusively international equity 
fund instead of in a balanced fund having some United States 
investments. ASA further represents that it concurs with the 
fiduciary's investment decision.
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    (b) Subject to approval of the appropriate Second Fiduciaries, the 
SBC Retirement Plan and the Client Plan participated in the conversion 
of the International Equity CIF to Global Asset Allocation Fund, to the 
extent of their respective interests therein.<SUP>8</SUP>
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    \8\ It is represented that Sanwa Bank was of the view that the 
Global Asset Allocation Fund would be advantageous to current 
participants in the International Equity CIF in that the Fund would 
offer enhanced liquidity and economies of scale resulting from a 
larger fund and an efficient method of diversifying among domestic 
and international asset classes and reducing risks for participants 
in the SBC Retirement Plan. In this regard, ASA states that the 
fiduciary of the SBC Retirement Plan had rebalanced other portions 
of that Plan's portfolio to reflect the United States and non-equity 
investments found in the Global Asset Allocation Fund, thereby 
making the conversion to the Global Asset Allocation Fund for the 
SBC Retirement Plan an appropriate investment decision. ASA 
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    5. The initial conversion was completed in a single transaction 
occurring after the close of business on October 31, 1997 and prior to 
the opening of business on November 3, 1997. The initial conversion was 
accomplished by an in-kind transfer of all of the assets of the 
converting CIF to the corresponding Fund, in exchange for an 
appropriate number of shares of that Fund. The affected CIF was then 
terminated and its assets, consisting of Fund shares, were distributed 
in-kind to the Plans formerly participating in the CIF based on each 
Plan's pro rata share of the CIF's assets on the date of the 
conversion.<SUP>9</SUP>
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    \9\ Although different CIFs may be converted by Sanwa Bank in 
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    6. Prior to the conversion, the assets of each converting CIF were 
reviewed 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, such assets were sold in the open market 
through a brokerage firm unaffiliated with Sanwa Bank prior to the date 
of the conversion.
    7. Sanwa Bank provided to each affected Plan disclosures that 
announced the termination of the CIF, summarized the transaction and 
otherwise complied with the provisions of Section I of this proposed 
exemption. Based on these disclosures, the Second Fiduciary for each 
affected Plan approved, in writing, the conversion transaction, 
including the fees that were to be paid by the Funds to Sanwa Bank and 
its affiliates. A Plan electing not to participate in the conversion 
transaction received a cash payment representing the Plan's pro rata 
share of the assets of the converting CIF before the transaction 
occurred.
    8. In the case of the Bank Plans, ASA was required to make an 
independent determination in its fiduciary capacity that participation 
in the conversion transaction was in the best interest of the Bank 
Plans, including the decision whether to participate therein. As part 
of its written report setting out the conclusions discussed in 
Representation 12 below, ASA was required to confirm both its 
independence from Sanwa Bank and its qualifications to serve as the 
Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans. In addition, ASA represented that 
it would not derive more than 5 percent of its gross annual revenues 
from Sanwa Bank in connection with such in-kind transfers.
    9. The assets transferred by a converting CIF to its corresponding 
Fund consisted entirely of cash and securities for which market 
quotations were readily available. For this purpose, the value of the 
CIF's securities was determined based on the market value as of the 
close of business on the business day prior to the in-kind transfer of 
such securities to the corresponding Fund (the Valuation Date). The 
value of the CIF assets on the Valuation Date was determined using the 
valuation procedures described in SEC Rule 17a-7 under the 1940 Act. In 
this regard, the ``current market price'' for specific types of 
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    (a) If the security was a ``reported security'' as the term is 
defined in Rule 11Aa3-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(1934 Act), the last sale price with respect to such security 
reported in the consolidated transaction reporting system (the 
Consolidated System) for the 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 1934 Act), as of the close of business on the 
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 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 such exchange as of the close of business on the 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 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 Valuation Date, determined on the basis of 
reasonable inquiry. (For securities in this category, Sanwa Bank 
represents that it obtained quotations from at least three sources 
which were either broker-dealers or pricing services independent of 
and unrelated to Sanwa Bank and, where 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 
practice under Rule 17a-7.) <SUP>10</SUP>

    \10\ Securities of non-U.S. issuers may be traded on U.S. 
exchanges or NASDAQ, directly or in the form of ADRs, or may be 
traded on foreign exchanges or foreign over-the-counter markets. In 
the latter case, valuation was performed in accordance with (d) 
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    10. The securities received by a corresponding Fund were valued by 
such Fund for purposes of the in-kind transfer in the same manner and 
as of the same day as such securities were valued by the CIF. The value 
of the shares of each Fund issued to the CIF was based on the 
corresponding Fund's then-current net asset value. Since the Funds did 
not have assets in more than a nominal amount prior to the conversion, 
each Fund's net asset value was expected to be equal to the value of 
the assets received from the transferring CIF. Sanwa Bank represents 
that the value of a Plan's investment in shares of each Fund as of the 
opening of business was equal to the value of such Plan's investment in 
each corresponding CIF as of the close of business on the business day 
before the conversion.
    11. Following the initial in-kind transfers, Sanwa Bank sent ASA, 
as the Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans, as well as the Second 
Fiduciaries of the Client Plans, written confirmations of the 
transactions. In this regard, no later than 30 days after the 
completion of the conversion, Sanwa Bank sent by regular mail to the 
Second Fiduciary written confirmation which contains (a) the identity 
of each transferred security that was valued for purposes of the 
conversion in accordance with Rule 17a-7(b)(4), as described above, (b) 
the current market price, as of the Valuation Date, of each such 
security involved in the conversion, and (c) the identity of each 
pricing services or market maker consulted in determining the current 
market price of such securities.<SUP>11</SUP> In addition, no later 
than 105 days after the completion of the conversion, Sanwa Bank sent 
by regular mail a written confirmation to the Second Fiduciary of each 
affected Plan showing (a) the number of CIF units held by the Plan 
immediately before the conversion, (i) the related per unit value, (ii) 
the total dollar amount of the units transferred; and (b) the number of 
shares of the Funds that are held by such Plan following the 
conversion, (i) the related per share net asset value, and (ii) the 
total dollar amount of such shares.
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    \11\ The securities subject to valuation under Rule 17(a)-
7(b)(4) include all securities other than ``reported securities,'' 
as the term is defined in Rule 11Aa3-1 under the Securities Exchange 
Act of 1934, or those quoted on the NASDAQ system or for which the 
principal market is an exchange.
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    In accordance with the conditions under Section I of this proposed 
exemption, similar procedures will be adopted upon any future in-kind 
exchanges between CIFs maintained by Sanwa Bank and the 
Funds.<SUP>12</SUP>
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    \12\ Although not contemplated by the initial conversion 
transaction, the requested exemption includes certain procedures 
that are consistent with PTE 97-41 (62 FR 42830, August 8, 1997), 
PTE 97-41 permits a client plan to purchase shares of a mutual fund 
for which a bank or an investment adviser serves as a fiduciary to 
the client plan, in exchange for plan assets transferred in-kind 
from a CIF. Specifically, the procedures relate to the methods of 
communicating the confirmations described above by personal 
delivery, facsimile or electronic mail (see Section I(b) and (g) of 
this proposed exemption).
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Representations of the Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans Regarding 
the In-Kind Transfers

    12. As stated above, Sanwa Bank retained ASA as the Second 
Fiduciary for the limited purpose of overseeing the initial in-kind 
transfers of CIF assets to the Funds as such transactions would affect 
the Bank Plans. In such capacity, ASA represented that it consulted 
with its own counsel regarding the fiduciary provisions of the Act and 
stated that it understood and accepted the duties, responsibilities and 
liabilities in acting as a fiduciary under the Act for the Bank Plans.
    In a written report dated September 30, 1997, 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. Based on its review of fees to be charged by the Funds, the 
investment guidelines for the Funds and the performance data available 
on the CIFs, ASA concluded that the terms of the in-kind transfers were 
fair to the participants of the Bank Plans and no less favorable than 
the terms that would have been reached among unrelated parties.
    13. Based on representations obtained from officers for Sanwa Bank 
regarding the termination of the CIFs as well as considering the 
effects of the in-kind transfers, ASA represented that the transactions 
were in the best interest of the Bank Plans and their participants and 
beneficiaries for the following reasons:
    (a) In terms of the investment policies and objectives pursued, the 
Funds have investment objectives comparable to the CIFs and satisfy the 
stated investment policies of the Bank Plans. Thus, in terms of 
investment policies and objectives, the impact of the in-kind transfer 
transactions on the Bank Plans and their participants and beneficiaries 
would be de minimus; <SUP>13</SUP>
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    \13\ Although the Bank Plans represent a larger portion of the 
CIFs that were terminated as well as a larger portion of the Funds, 
ASA does not believe the Bank Plans' percentage ownership of the 
Funds immediately after the conversion is determinative of whether 
the conversion was proper.
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    (b) The Funds will probably continue to experience relative 
performance similar in nature to the CIFs given the comparability of 
investment objectives and policies and the fact that the same portfolio 
management personnel will provide portfolio management oversight;
    (c) The in-kind transfers would not adversely affect the cash 
flows, liquidity or investment diversification of the Bank Plans; and
    (d) By investing in the Funds, the Bank Plans would receive a 
larger investment base, cost savings to participants over time through 
economies of scale, more choices for participants exercising investment 
control, the ability to obtain investment information through readily 
available sources and fees that would be reasonable and within industry 
standards.
    14. In forming an opinion as to the appropriateness of the in-kind 
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Bank Plans, including the Bank Plan documents. ASA stated that it also 
examined the investment portfolios of the Bank Plans to ascertain 
whether or not the such Plans were in compliance with their investment 
objectives and policies. Further, ASA stated that it examined the cash 
flow and liquidity requirements of the Bank Plans and the 
diversification provided 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, the 
cash flows liquidity or diversification requirements of the Bank Plans.
    15. As Second Fiduciary, ASA represented that Sanwa Bank would 
provide it with any documents it considered necessary to perform its 
duties as Second Fiduciary. In this regard, ASA was advised that within 
30 days following the initial in-kind transfer transactions, Sanwa Bank 
would provide it with the written confirmation statements described 
herein. In addition, ASA stated that it would supplement its findings 
following the review of the confirmation statements to verify whether 
the in-kind transfer transactions had resulted in the receipt by the 
Bank Plans of shares in the Funds that were equal in value to such 
Plans' pro rata share of assets of the CIFs on the conversion date. 
Further, ASA represented that it would take such actions as it deemed 
necessary to safeguard the interests of the Bank Plans in the event the 
confirmation statements did not verify the foregoing. Finally, ASA 
explained that it would maintain, for a period of six years from the 
time of the initial conversion transaction (and make available for 
review), all relevant records with respect to the performance of its 
duties as Second Fiduciary for the Bank Plans.

Receipt of Fees by Sanwa Bank

    16. Under certain conditions, PTE 77-4 (42 FR 18732, April 8, 1977) 
permits Client Plans of Sanwa Bank to engage in the purchase and sale 
of shares of a registered, open-end investment company when Sanwa Bank, 
a fiduciary with respect to such Client Plans, is also the investment 
adviser for the investment company, provided (a) 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 the investment; or (b) where the Client Plan pays investment 
management, investment advisory or similar fees to Sanwa Bank based on 
the total assets of such Client Plan from which a credit has been 
subtracted representing such Plan's pro rata share of such investment 
advisory fees paid to Sanwa Bank by the Fund. As such, with respect to 
the Client Plans, there may be two levels of fees--(a) those fees which 
Sanwa Bank may charge to Client Plans for serving as trustee, 
investment manager or custodian for such Plans (the Plan-level fees); 
and (b) those fees which Sanwa Bank may charge 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.
    17. Since October 31, 1997, Sanwa Bank no longer charges each 
Client Plan a Plan-level fee for its services as trustee, investment 
manager or custodian based on Sanwa Bank's standard fee schedules and 
the terms of specific agreements negotiated between each Client Plan 
and Sanwa Bank. Such Plan-level fees included asset-based charges that 
were expressed as a percentage of Client Plan assets. Instead, as 
permitted by PTE 77-4, for investment advisory services provided to the 
Funds, Sanwa Bank is receiving Fund-level advisory fees from each of 
the Funds. As stated above in Representation 1(d), these fees, which 
are also expressed as a percentage of a Fund's assets currently range 
from 0.10 percent to 0.80 percent per annum of the daily average assets 
of the U.S. Treasury Obligations Fund and the Global Asset Allocation 
Fund, respectively.<SUP>14</SUP>
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    \14\ It should be noted that Sanwa Bank has agreed to 
temporarily waive the amount of its investment advisory fees through 
the end of the Funds' initial fiscal year. Without the waiver, the 
per annum investment advisory fees for the U.S. Treasury Obligations 
Fund and the Global Asset Allocation Fund would range from 0.20 
percent to 0.90 percent per annum of the Fund's daily average 
assets.
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    In addition to charging Fund-level investment advisory fees, Sanwa 
Bank is charging Client Plans for Plan-level recordkeeping, 
administrative, accounting and custodial services which do not involve 
investment management, such as custody of plan assets, maintaining plan 
records, preparing periodic reports of plan assets and participant 
accounts, effecting participant investment directions, processing 
participant loans and accounting for contributions, payments of 
benefits and other receipts and distributions. Sanwa Bank's fees for 
such Plan-level services will continue to be negotiated with each 
Client Plan and its fees for such services for Bank Plans will continue 
to be limited to the reimbursement of direct expenses properly and 
actually incurred in the performance of the services.<SUP>15</SUP>
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    \15\ Sanwa Bank represents that it is relying upon section 
408(b)(2) with respect to its receipt of fees for such 
administrative services. The Department expresses no opinion herein 
on whether the provision of such services will satisfy section 
408(b)(2) of the Act.
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    At present, all services other than investment advisory services 
are provided to the Funds or their distributor by unrelated parties. 
However, as stated above, Sanwa Bank represents that the Funds may, in 
the future, wish to contract with it or an affiliate to provide 
administrative, custodial, transfer, accounting or similar services 
(i.e., Secondary Services) to the Funds or their 
distributor.<SUP>16</SUP>
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    \16\ The fact that certain transactions and fee arrangements are 
the subject of an administrative exemption does not relieve the 
fiduciaries of the Client Plans from the general fiduciary 
responsibility provisions of section 404 of the Act. Thus, the 
Department cautions Second Fiduciaries of the Client Plans investing 
in the Funds that they have an ongoing duty under section 404 of the 
Act to monitor the services provided to such Plans to assure that 
the fees paid by the Client Plans for such services are reasonable 
in relation to the value of the services provided. These 
responsibilities would include determinations that the services 
provided are not duplicative and that the fees are reasonable in 
light of the level of services provided.
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Future Fee Changes and Client Plan Authorization Requirements

    18. Sanwa Bank notes that one of the requirements of PTE 77-4 is 
that any change in any of the rates of fees requires the prior written 
approval by the Second Fiduciary of the Plans participating in the 
Funds. Where many Plans participate in a Fund, Sanwa Bank observes that 
the addition of a service or any good faith increase in fees could not 
be implemented until written approval of such change is obtained from 
every Second Fiduciary. As an alternative, Sanwa Bank proposes to 
follow the ``negative consent'' procedure which it believes provides 
the basic safeguards for the Plans and is more efficient, cost 
effective and administratively feasible that required by PTE 77-4.
    The negative consent procedure would apply in the following 
circumstances: (a) an increase in the rate of any Fund-level investment 
management, investment advisory or similar fees; (b) a proposal by 
Sanwa Bank or an affiliate to provide a Secondary Service to a Fund for 
a fee; and (c) an increase in the fee for a Secondary Service paid by a 
Fund to Sanwa Bank or its affiliates over an existing rate that had 
been authorized by the Second Fiduciary. In this regard, an increase in 
fees for Secondary Services can result either from an increase in the 
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a decrease in the number or kind of services performed by Sanwa Bank or 
its affiliates for such fee over that which had been authorized by the 
Second Fiduciary of a Client Plan. Under such circumstances, Sanwa Bank 
will provide at least 30 days advance notice of the implementation of a 
proposed fee increase to Client Plans invested in the affected Fund. 
The notice will take the form of a proxy statement, letter or similar 
communication which is separate from the Fund's prospectus and which 
explains the nature and amount of the additional service or the nature 
and amount of the fee increase.<SUP>17</SUP>
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    \17\ The Department notes that an increase in the amount of a 
fee for an existing investment advisory service or a Secondary 
Service (other than through an increase in the value of the 
underlying assets in the Funds), or the imposition of a fee for a 
newly-established Secondary Service shall be considered an increase 
in the rate of such fees. However, in the event an investment 
advisory fee or a fee for a Secondary Service has already been 
described in writing to the Second Fiduciary and the Second 
Fiduciary has provided authorization for the amount of such fee, and 
such fee has been waived, no further action by Sanwa Bank will be 
required in order for Sanwa Bank to receive such fee at a later 
time. Thus, for example, no further disclosure would be necessary if 
Sanwa Bank has received authorization for a fee for custodial 
services from a Client Plan investor and subsequently determined to 
waive the fee for a period of time in order to attract new investors 
but later charged the fee. However, reinstituting the fee at an 
amount greater than previously disclosed would necessitate Sanwa 
Bank providing notice of the fee increase and a Termination Form in 
the manner described above.
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    19. The written notice of a fee increase or additional Secondary 
Service for which a fee is charged will be accompanied by a Termination 
Form. The Termination Form will enable the Second Fiduciary to 
terminate any prior authorization to invest Client Plan assets in a 
Fund or Funds without penalty to the affected Client Plan. In addition, 
each Client Plan will be supplied with a Termination Form annually 
during the first quarter of each calendar year, regardless of whether 
there has been any fee increase or additional Secondary Service for 
which a fee is charged. If, however, the Termination Form has been 
provided to the Client Plan in connection with a fee increase or an 
additional Secondary Service for which a fee is charged, the 
Termination Form need not be provided again to the client Plan until at 
least six months have elapsed, unless such Termination Form is required 
to be sent sooner as a result of another fee increase or an addition of 
such Secondary Services.
    The Termination Form will be accompanied by instructions which 
state that any relevant authorization previously given by the Second 
Fiduciary is terminable at will be the Second Fiduciary, without 
penalty to the Plan, and that failure to return the Form will be deemed 
to be an approval of the fee increase or the additional Secondary 
Service and will result in the continuation of such authorization. 
Termination of an authorization to invest Client Plan assets in the 
Funds will result in the redemption of shares of the Fund held by the 
Plan by the close of business on the business day following the date of 
receipt by Sanwa Bank of the Termination Form or any other written 
notice of termination, either by mail, hand delivery, facsimile or 
other available means of written communication at the option of the 
Second Fiduciary. If, due to circumstances beyond the control of Sanwa 
Bank, the redemption cannot be effected within one business day, Sanwa 
Bank will have one additional business day to complete such redemption.
    20. Although an investment in the Funds may result in an overall 
cost increase to many of the Client Plans, the Second Fiduciary will be 
obligated to take such impact into account in determining whether to 
authorize the Plans' investment in the Funds. In any event, such 
additional costs will be consistent with the costs of similar 
alternative investments that will be available to the Plans upon the 
termination of the CIFs. In this respect, Sanwa Bank believes that as 
to each Plan, the combined total of all Plan-level and Fund-level fees 
received by Sanwa Bank for the provision of services to the Client 
Plans and to the Funds, respectively, will not be in excess of 
``reasonable compensation'' within the meaning of section 408(b)(2) of 
the Act.
    21. The requested exemption will be subject to the satisfaction of 
certain general conditions that will further protect the interests of 
the Plans. For example, the transactions will be subject to the prior 
authorization of a Second Fiduciary, acting on behalf of each Plan, who 
has been provided with the written disclosures described above. The 
Second Fiduciary generally will be the administrator, sponsor or a 
committee appointed by the sponsor to act as a named fiduciary for a 
Client Plan or, in the case of the Bank Plans, a qualified party 
independent of Sanwa Bank.
    22. With respect to disclosure, the Second Fiduciary of each Plan 
will receive advance written notice of the in-kind transfer of assets 
of the CIFs and written disclosure of information concerning the Funds 
consistent with PTE 77-4 and PTE 97-41. Among the disclosures that will 
be given to the Second Fiduciary include, but are not limited to, the 
following: (a) a current prospectus for each portfolio of each of the 
Funds in which the Client Plan may invest; (b) a statement describing 
the fees for investment advisory or other similar services, any fees 
for Secondary Services, and all other fees to be charged to or paid by 
the Client Plan and by such Funds to Sanwa Bank, including the nature 
and extent of any differential between the rates of such fees; (c) a 
statement of the reasons why Sanwa Bank may consider such investment to 
be appropriate for the Client Plan; (d) a statement of whether there 
are any limitations applicable to Sanwa Bank with respect to which 
assets of a Client Plan may be invested in Fund shares, and, if so, the 
nature of such limitations; and (e) a copy of the proposed exemption 
and/or a copy of the final exemption upon the request of the Second 
Fiduciary.
    On the basis of the disclosures, the Second Fiduciary must 
authorize in writing the investment of Plan assets in shares of the 
Fund in connection with the transactions described herein as well as 
the compensation received by Sanwa Bank (or its affiliates) in 
connection with its services to the Funds. Such written authorization 
will extend to only those Funds with respect to which the Plan has 
received the written disclosures referred to above and which are 
specifically mentioned in such disclosures.
    Having obtained the authorization of the Second Fiduciary, Sanwa 
Bank will invest the assets of a Plan among the Funds, subject to 
satisfaction of the other terms and conditions of the requested 
exemption. Sanwa Bank will not, however, invest the assets of a Plan in 
any Fund not specifically mentioned in the written disclosure and 
authorization described above. If a new Fund were established, Sanwa 
Bank would invest assets of a Plan in such new Fund under the requested 
exemption only after providing the required disclosures and obtaining a 
separate written authorization from the Second Fiduciary which 
specifically mentions the new Fund.
    23. In addition to the disclosures provided to the Plan prior to 
investment in a Fund, Sanwa Bank will provide, at least annually to the 
Second Fiduciary of each Client Plan, an updated prospectus of each 
Fund in accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act and applicable 
SEC rules. Further, the Second Fiduciary will be supplied, upon 
request, with a report or statement (which may take the form of the 
most recent financial report of the Funds, the current statement of 
additional information or some other written statement) containing a 
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all fees paid by the Funds. Finally, all dealings by or between the 
Client Plans and any Fund will be on a basis which is no less favorable 
to such Plans than dealings between the Fund and other non-Plan 
shareholders holding the same class of shares as the Client Plans.
    Although it does not anticipate doing so initially, Sanwa Bank or 
an affiliate may in the future execute securities brokerage 
transactions for some or all of the Funds, as and to the extent 
permitted by the 1940 Act and applicable SEC rules. If and when Sanwa 
Bank proposes to provide brokerage services to any Fund for 
compensation, Sanwa Bank will, at least 30 days in advance of the 
implementation of such service, provide written notice to the Client 
Plans explaining the nature of such brokerage services and the amount 
of the fees to be paid therefor. Further, with respect to any Fund for 
which Sanwa Bank provides brokerage services, Sanwa Bank will provide, 
at least annually to each Client Plan that invests in such Fund a 
written disclosure indicating (a) the total brokerage commissions paid 
by the Fund to Sanwa Bank, expressed in dollars; (b) the total 
brokerage commissions paid by the Fund to brokerage firms unrelated to 
Sanwa Bank, expressed in dollars; (c) the average brokerage commissions 
per share paid by the Fund to Sanwa Bank, expressed as cents per share; 
and (d) the average brokerage commissions per share paid by the Fund to 
brokerage firms unrelated to Sanwa Bank, expressed as cents per share.
    24. In addition to the foregoing, the requested exemption will be 
subject to the following requirements: (a) the Plans and other 
investors will purchase or redeem Fund shares in accordance with 
standard procedures described in the prospectus for each Fund; (b) no 
Plan will pay a sales commission or redemption fee in connection with 
the purchase or redemption of Fund shares; (c) Sanwa Bank will not 
purchase from or sell to any Plan shares of the Fund; (d) the price 
paid or received by the Plans for Fund shares will be the net asset 
value per share at the time of such purchase or redemption and will be 
the same price as any other investor would pay or receive for shares of 
the same class.
    25. In summary, it is represented that the transactions have 
satisfied or will satisfy the statutory criteria for an exemption under 
section 408(a) of the Act because:
    (a) With respect to the in-kind transfer of the assets of a Plan 
invested in a CIF in exchange for shares of a Fund, a Second Fiduciary 
has authorized or will authorize in writing, such in-kind transfer 
prior to the transaction only after receiving full written disclosure 
of information concerning the Fund.
    (b) Each Plan has received or will receive shares of the Funds in 
connection with the transfer of assets of a terminating CIF which have 
a total net asset value that is equal to the value of such Plan's pro 
rata share of the CIF 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 
1940 Act, as amended, and the procedures established by the Funds 
pursuant to Rule 17a-7 for the valuation of such assets.
    (c) Sanwa Bank has sent or will send by regular mail or personal 
delivery, or, if applicable, by facsimile or electronic mail, no later 
than 30 days after completion of each in-kind transfer of CIF assets in 
exchange for shares of the Funds, a written confirmation containing the 
following information: (1) the identity of each transferred security 
that was valued for purposes of the transaction in accordance with Rule 
17a-7(b)(4) of the 1940 Act; (2) the current market price, as of the 
date of the in-kind transfer, of each such security involved in the 
transaction; and (3) the identity of each pricing service or market 
maker consulted in determining the current market price of such 
securities.
    (d) Sanwa Bank has sent or will send by regular mail, or personal 
delivery, or, if applicable, by facsimile or electronic mail, no later 
than 105 days after completion of each transfer, a written confirmation 
that contains the following information: (1) the number of CIF units 
held by a Plan immediately before the conversion (and 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 (and the related per share net asset value and the total 
dollar amount of the shares received).
    (e) The price that has been or will be paid or received by a 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 will be paid 
or received by any other investor at that time.
    (f) No sales commissions or redemption fees have been or will be 
paid by a Plan or a CIF in connection with the in-kind transfer of 
assets to the Fund, in exchange for shares of the Funds or in 
connection with the purchase or redemption of Fund shares by a Plan.
    (g) For each Client Plan, the combined total of all fees received 
by Sanwa Bank for the provision of Plan-level services, and in 
connection with the provision of investment advisory services or 
Secondary Services to any of the Funds in which Plans may invest, is 
not and will not be in excess of ``reasonable compensation'' within the 
meaning of section 408(b)(2) of the Act.
    (h) Sanwa Bank has not received and will not receive any 12b-1 Fees 
in connection with the transactions.
    (i) Any authorizations made by a Client Plan regarding investments 
in the Funds and the fees paid to Sanwa Bank (including increases in 
the contractual rates of fees for Secondary Services that are retained 
by the Sanwa Bank) will be terminable at will by the Client Plan, 
without penalty to the Client Plan and will be effected within one 
business day following receipt by Sanwa Bank, from the Second 
Fiduciary, of the Termination Form or any other written notice of 
termination, unless circumstances beyond the control of Sanwa Bank 
delay execution for no more than one additional business day.
    (j) The Second Fiduciary will receive 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 paid by the Funds to Sanwa Bank regarding investment advisory 
services, fees for Secondary Services or an additional Secondary 
Service for which a fee is charged which exceed the rates authorized 
for Sanwa Bank by the Second Fiduciary.
    (k) All dealings by or between the Client Plans and any Fund have 
been and will remain on a basis which is no less favorable to such 
Client Plans than dealings between the Fund and other non-Plan 
shareholders holding the same class of shares as the Client Plans.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Sanwa Bank proposes to provide notice of the proposed exemption to 
the Second Fiduciary of the Bank Plans, active participants in the Bank 
Plans and the Second Fiduciary of each affected Client Plan. 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 30 days 
following the publication of the notice of pendency in the Federal 
Register. The notice will include a copy of the notice of proposed 
exemption as published in the Federal Register as

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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. Comments and requests for a 
public hearing are due within 60 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.)

Plumbers and Pipe Fitters National Pension Fund (the Fund) Located 
in Crofton, MD

[Exemption Application No. D-10514]

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, 32847, August 10, 1990). If the exemption 
is granted, the restrictions of sections 406(a)(1)(A), 406(a)(1)(B), 
406(a)(1)(D), 406(b)(1), and 406(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 <SUP>18</SUP> shall 
not apply, effective October 9, 1997, to the transfer to the Fund from 
the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing 
and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO (the 
Union), a party in interest with respect to the Fund, of the Union's 
limited partnership interests in Diplomat Properties, Limited 
Partnership, (the Partnership), the sole asset of which is a certain 
resort hotel and country club complex (the Property); and to the 
transfer to the Fund of Union's holding of stock in Diplomat 
Properties, Inc. (the Stock), the corporate general partner of such 
Partnership, in consideration for a capital contribution by the Fund to 
the Partnership in the amount of $40 million dollars, plus reasonable 
costs incurred by the Union in purchasing the Property, and in 
consideration for the release of a certain loan obligation (the Loan) 
of the Partnership which was guaranteed by the Union and collateralized 
by Union assets; provided that:
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provisions of Title I of the Act, unless otherwise specified, refer 
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    (1) the transaction was a one-time transaction;
    (2) an I/F which has the following qualifications acted on behalf 
of the Fund:
    (a) the I/F is an individual, group of individuals, or a business 
entity which has substantial experience and expertise in the commercial 
real estate field;
    (b) neither the I/F nor any of its affiliates have any ownership or 
other interest in the Union or its affiliates, nor does the Union or 
any of its affiliates have any ownership interest in the I/F or its 
affiliates; and
    (c) neither the I/F nor its affiliates engages in any business 
transactions with the Union or its affiliates.
    (3) prior to the Fund entering the transaction, the I/F reviewed 
and approved the terms of the transaction, determined that the 
transaction was an appropriate investment for the Fund, that the amount 
paid by the Fund to acquire ownership of the Property through the 
Partnership was appropriate and fair, that the total costs incurred 
were necessary for the acquisition of the Property and were reasonable, 
and that the transaction was in the best interest of the Fund and its 
participants and beneficiaries;
    (4) the fair market value of the Property held by the Partnership 
was determined by an independent, qualified appraiser, as of the date 
of the transaction;
    (5) the Fund paid no fees or commissions as a result of the 
transaction; and
    (6) the terms of the transaction were no less favorable to the Fund 
than those it would have received under similar circumstances when 
negotiated at arm's length with unrelated third parties.

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. The Fund is a Taft-Hartley multi-employer defined benefit 
pension fund, as defined in section 3(37) of the Act.<SUP>19</SUP> The 
Fund is funded solely by employer contributions negotiated under 
collective bargaining agreements with the Union. As of January 1997, it 
is represented that the Fund received contributions from 5,187 active 
employers. As of October 3, 1997, there were estimated to be 97,988 
participants and beneficiaries of the Fund. As of June 30, 1997, the 
Fund had assets of approximately $3.166 billion. It is represented that 
the transaction which is the subject of this proposed exemption 
involved less than 2 percent (2%) of the total assets of the Fund.
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    \19\ It is represented that the Fund is the successor to the 
former Sabine Area Pipefitters Local No. 195 Pension Trust Fund, 
which was involved in the correction of a 1988 prohibited 
transaction that had occurred before the former Local 195 Pension 
Fund merged into the Fund in 1990. It is represented that the 
correction of the prohibited transaction did not involve any assets 
of the National Pension Fund except to the extent that the Local 195 
Joint Apprenticeship Committee was assessed first tier excise taxes 
under section 4975 of the Code for its use of assets of the former 
Local 195 Pension Fund.
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    The Fund is administered from its offices in Crofton, MD by the 
plan administrator. Six (6) individuals serve as members of the Board 
of Trustees (the Trustees) of the Fund. Three of the Trustees are 
appointed by employers who contribute to the Fund, and three of the 
Trustees are appointed by the Union. The three Trustees selected by the 
Union also serve as officers of the Union. As fiduciaries to the Fund, 
the Trustees are parties in interest with respect to the Fund within 
the meaning of section 3(14)(A) of the Act.
    2. The Union is an employee organization some of whose members 
participate in the Fund. As such, the Union is a party in interest with 
respect to the Fund within the meaning of section 3(14) of the Act.
    3. The Property, located in Hollywood and Hallandale, Florida, was 
constructed in the late 1950's and consists of several parcels, 
including a oceanfront hotel, a vacant parcel of oceanfront real 
estate, a motel, a golf course, a clubhouse with tennis courts, and a 
marina. The hotel consists of two towers containing a total of 655 
rooms. The north tower is the older of the towers and is in poor 
condition. The south tower has 256 rooms, large convention areas, and a 
parking garage. It is represented that the hotel at one time operated 
as a premier hotel and country club catering to the middle income 
convention trade, but due to a decline in the market, the hotel has 
been closed since 1992.
    The vacant parcel, located on a 2.99-acre oceanfront site, 
functions as a parking lot. The motel, located on the Intracoastal 
Waterway and across the street from the hotel, has approximately 300 
rooms, only 150 of which are operational. The golf course, containing 
122.91 acres, is represented to be in relatively good shape and 
continues to function as a low budget operation. It is represented that 
the clubhouse and tennis courts are in need of upgrading. In the 
alternative, the real estate underlying the clubhouse and tennis courts 
could be re-zoned for residential use. The marina, the newest addition 
to the Property, provides a 52-slip facility, offering a number of 
finger piers, and a covered gazebo. It is represented that twelve (12) 
of the boat slips are under annual leases, and that the marina is 
subject to a long-term lease with a local yacht club.
    4. The Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO) acquired, 
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foreclosure, ownership of the Property as a result of a default by an 
unrelated third party on a mortgage loan. In this regard, in May 1991, 
title to the Property was transferred to TNDL Limited (TNDL), a wholly-
owned subsidiary of ULLICO.
    Early in 1997, TNDL placed the Property on the market for sale. It 
is represented that as a result of this public solicitation, TNDL 
received seven or eight bids from prospective purchasers, including the 
Union and at least one from a well-known hotel chain.
    It is represented that when the Property was offered for sale, the 
Trustees of the Fund were interested in acquiring it as an investment 
for the Fund. However, a non-negotiable condition in the sale offer by 
TNDL excluded assets of any employee benefit fund subject to the Act 
from being used to purchase the Property.
    5. The successful bidder on the Property was the Union which 
purchased the Property on October 1, 1997, for $40 million in cash, 
plus expenses incurred by the Union in acquiring the Property. Upon the 
advice of counsel, the Union chose to acquire and hold title to the 
Property through its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Partnership, in order 
to avoid state real property transfer taxes that would otherwise arise 
upon any subsequent sale of the Property.
    It is represented that the Partnership obtained the money to 
purchase the Property from the proceeds of the Loan from the National 
City Bank of Cleveland, Ohio (the Bank). It is represented that 
repayment of the Loan by the Partnership was guaranteed by the Union. 
The Loan was secured by cash, cash equivalents, and securities owned by 
the Union and held by the Bank in a custodial account.
    The term of the Loan was two (2) years with no prepayment penalty. 
The payment schedule consisted of payments only of interest for 23 
months with a balloon payment of the principal amount, plus accrued 
interest in the 24th month. The interest rate on the Loan was the 
Bank's 7-day money market rate, adjusted weekly. It is represented that 
the $25,000 origination loan fee charged by the Bank on the Loan was 
withheld from the $40 million dollar Loan made to the Partnership by 
the Bank.
    6. At the time the Partnership acquired the Property, an appraisal 
of the Property was prepared by Bruce C. Roe (Mr. Roe), President, and 
Zillah L. Tarkoe, Senior Analyst, of Roe Research, Inc., in Ft. 
Lauderdale, Florida. It is represented that the appraisers are 
qualified in that each is licensed by the State of Florida as a state-
certified general real estate appraiser. It is further represented that 
Mr. Roe is a Member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors 
(CRE) and a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).
    It is represented that the appraisers are independent in that 
neither has a present or prospective interest in the Property, nor has 
either any personal interest or bias with respect to the parties 
involved. Neither the employment nor the compensation of the appraisers 
was conditioned upon the reporting of a predetermined value or 
direction in value of the Property.
    After physically inspecting the Property and reconciling the values 
for the Property established by the cost approach, income approach, and 
sales comparison approach, the appraisers established a separate value, 
based on fee simple interest ``as is,'' for each of the parcels which 
make up the Property, including the oceanfront hotel, the vacant 
oceanfront parcel, the motel, the golf course and club house, and the 
marina. The sum of these separate values for each of the parcels was 
$44,350,000, as of August 8, 1997. Including a 10 percent (10%) 
discount for a bulk sale of all of the parcels of the Property ``as 
is'' to a single purchaser, the fair market value of the Property, was 
determined by the appraisers to be $40 million, as of August 8, 1997.
    7. It is represented that on October 9, 1997, the Union and the 
Fund closed on the transaction that is the subject of this proposed 
exemption. Accordingly, the Fund, as applicant, has requested a 
retroactive exemption, effective October 9, 1997, to permit the past 
transfer from the Union to the Fund of the Union's limited partnership 
interests in the Partnership and the Stock in the corporate general 
partner of the Partnership which was owned by the Union. In this 
regard, it is represented that the Union owned 100 percent of the Stock 
of the corporate general partner of the Partnership. As general 
partner, the corporation owned one percent (1%) of the outstanding 
interest in the Partnership. The other 99 percent (99%) of the 
interests in the Partnership were owned by the Union, as limited 
partner.
    It is represented that at the time of the sale of the Property to 
the Partnership, there existed no agreement pursuant to which the 
Partnership was obligated to sell the Property to any third party or 
pursuant to which any third party was obligated to buy the Property, 
including the Fund. Further, at the time of the sale of the Property to 
the Partnership, there existed no agreement pursuant to which the Union 
was obligated to sell its interest in the Partnership to any third 
party or pursuant to which a third party was obligated to buy the 
Union's interest in the Partnership, including the Fund. Finally, there 
never existed any agreement or understanding between TNDL and the Fund 
with respect to the purchase of the Property by the Fund. In this 
regard, it is represented that TNDL's representatives were unaware that 
the Trustees of the Fund were contemplating purchasing the Property 
after it was sold by TNDL to the Union.
    It is represented that in consideration for the transfer by the 
Union of the Stock and the limited partnership interests, the Fund made 
a capital contribution to the Partnership in the amount of $40 million 
dollars. In addition, the Fund agreed to reimburse the Union for the 
following expenditures (totaling $367,605) which were incurred by the 
Union in purchasing the Property: (a) attorney hourly fees, travel, and 
other expenses ($215,756) paid to persons unrelated to the Fund; (b) 
due diligence fees (e.g., geotechnical, evaluation, updated boundary 
surveys, appraisal fees) ($42,643); (c) a letter of credit fee ($8,406) 
paid to the issuer, NationsBank; and (d) earnest money deposit of 
$100,000 paid into escrow and credited to the Partnership at closing, 
plus $800 of interest accrued in escrow. It is represented that the 
letter of credit fee resulted from a term in the sale contract with 
TNDL, the seller of the Property, which required that the earnest money 
deposit be in the form of a letter of credit. Further, some due 
diligence and other fees not included in the amounts set forth above 
were incurred by the Union prior to the establishment of the 
Partnership. It is represented that these due diligence and other fees 
include the following: (a) $647.50 custodian fee paid to National City 
Bank; (b) $2,978 paid to CT Corporation for assistance in establishing 
the Partnership and the corporate general partner of the Partnership; 
and (c) $75,000 to the I/F for the initial opinion on the value of the 
Property. It is represented that these amounts were paid by the 
Partnership and/or the Fund subsequent to the closing on the Property 
and the transfer of the ownership of the Partnership to the 
Fund.<SUP>20</SUP>
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    \20\ The Department notes that the actions of the Trustees 
relying on the advice of the I/F and acting on behalf of the Fund, 
in connection with its consideration of the merits of the 
acquisition of the limited partnership interests in the Partnership 
and the Stock of the corporate general partner of the Partnership as 
an investment for the Fund and the subsequent acquisition and 
holding of the Property are governed by the fiduciary responsibility 
requirements of part 4, subpart B, of Title I. The Department 
expresses no opinion herein, as to whether any of the relevant 
provisions of part 4, subpart B, of Title I have been violated 
regarding the Fund's investment in the Partnership and subsequent 
holding of the Property, and no exemption from such provisions is 
proposed herein.

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    Because the Property was the sole asset of the Partnership, it is 
represented that the economic effect of the transfer which is the 
subject of this proposed exemption for all practical purposes was the 
same as a sale of the Property by the Union to the Fund. Subsequent to 
the transfer, it is represented that the capital contribution made by 
the Fund to the Partnership was used to retire the Loan between the 
Bank and the Partnership. In this regard, it is represented that on 
October 10, 1997, the Fund transferred directly to the Bank sufficient 
assets to pay off the Loan.
    8. It is represented that the transaction which is the subject of 
this proposed exemption was in the interest of the Fund, because it 
provided a valuable investment opportunity to the Fund which it is 
represented will result in a superior return.
    Further, it is represented that the cities of Hollywood and 
Hallandale support the redevelopment of the Property. In this regard, 
it is represented that additional funding for the development of the 
Property is under consideration by the U.S. Department of Housing and 
Urban Development through a community development loan guarantee 
program for projects that produce full time job opportunities for low 
income residents. Additionally, it is represented that the Fund's 
ownership of the Property through the limited partnership structure 
will permit the Fund to avoid the liabilities associated with a more 
direct ownership of real estate and will not threaten the tax exempt 
status of the Fund.
    9. In the opinion of the Trustees, an important safeguard in this 
proposed exemption is that an I/F, acting on behalf of the Fund, 
reviewed and approved the subject transaction, and that such I/F 
concluded that the transaction was prudent and in the interests of the 
participants and beneficiaries of the Fund. It is represented that, as 
of September 22, 1997, Chadwick, Saylor & Co. Inc. (CSC) was retained 
by the Trustees to act as I/F on behalf of the Fund. As a result, CSC 
provided the Trustees with a report of its opinion of the subject 
transaction, dated September 29, 1997, a supplemental report of the 
same date, a subsequent report, dated December 15, 1997, and an 
additional letter dated, May 11, 1998.
    CSC has acknowledged that as I/F it was solely responsible to the 
Fund. In this regard, it is represented that the fee of the I/F was 
paid by the Fund. It is further represented that CSC is independent in 
that there is no relationship between the Union and CSC, and that CSC 
is not related to or affiliated with the Fund. Further, CSC represents 
that it had no conflicts affecting its ability to serve as the I/F and 
to provide an independent evaluation of the transaction which is the 
subject of this proposed exemption.
    CSC represents that it is an investment advisor registered under 
the Investment Advisors Act of 1940; that it possesses substantial 
expertise in the area of commercial real estate investments; and that 
it is qualified to provide the independent fiduciary services required. 
In this regard, either CSC or its principals have represented in excess 
of forty (40) tax exempt institutional real estate investors (private 
and public pensions, endowments and foundations) in a fiduciary 
capacity.
    In fulfilling its role as I/F, CSC received and reviewed the Fund's 
policy statement and various reports, schedules, and other material 
provided by the Fund's consultants, real estate managers, and various 
professionals. Included in the information reviewed by CSC is the 
following: (a) the sale and purchase agreement between the Union and 
TNDL, and attachments and related correspondence; (b) documents, plans, 
surveys, and maps pertaining to existing and anticipated improvements 
on the Property; (c) documents, maps, and other correspondence 
pertaining to the condition of title of the Property, including 
encumbrances, taxes and other liens, and information on certain 
adjacent sites; (d) ordinances and other information relating to zoning 
and building codes; (e) the statement of value of the Property from the 
independent appraisers; and (f) preliminary feasibility studies, 
status, and condition reports related to the contemplated development 
and redevelopment of the Property.
    After reviewing the material listed above, CSC is of the opinion 
that the Fund's investment in the Partnership represents a moderate 
expenditure of capital (based on the Fund's overall investment 
portfolio) to produce disproportionately high returns. In this regard, 
CSC believes that the probable internal rate of return to the Fund will 
be in excess of 15% from its investment in the Property and successful 
conclusion of development and redevelopment efforts over the next 
several years. It is further represented that this rate of return is 
substantially greater than the overall rate of return experienced by 
the Fund from its current real estate portfolio. Based on 
diversification characteristics of the investment in the Partnership, 
CSC believes that the Fund will enjoy a very competitive risk-adjusted 
return from its investment.
    With respect to diversification of the assets of the Fund, CSC 
represents that allowing for the subject transaction, equity real 
estate represents less than 6 percent (6%) of the Fund's total 
investment portfolio. It is further represented that the total real 
estate commitments of the Fund, including the 6% equity position and 
non-equity debt type investments (e.g. loans, bonds, mortgages, and 
mortgage-backed securities), were slightly in excess of 15 percent 
(15%) of the Fund's total investment portfolio, as of June 30, 1997.
    CSC recognized the degree of risk assumed by the acquisition of 
properties which are generally unoccupied and are in need of 
development or redevelopment to become occupied and to generate a 
positive cash flow. Based on the risk/reward characteristics of the 
subject transaction, CSC is of the opinion that the acquisition cost 
(which represents approximately 1.2 percent (1.2%) of the Fund's total 
investment portfolio, as of June 30, 1997) is an appropriate 
expenditure and does not represent unwarranted risk.
    With respect to the appraisal of the Property prepared by Roe 
Research, Inc., CSC believes that the $40 million dollar value ascribed 
to the Property is appropriate and fair. However, CSC did not subscribe 
to the ``bulk sale discount'' for the Property, as set forth in the 
appraisal report. In the opinion of CSC, the value of the unique 
characteristics of the Property, offering a ``self-contained'' resort 
complex, collectively could be greater than the value determined by 
individual transactions on the various parcels which make up the 
Property.
    In the opinion of CSC, the amount (approximately $40 million 
dollars, plus reasonable costs) paid by the Fund to acquire the 
Property does not exceed the fair market value of such Property at the 
time of acquisition, including consideration for miscellaneous costs, 
presuming that such costs when fully identified are customary and 
reasonable and do not exceed the costs incurred by the Union in its 
purchase of the Property from TNDL. With regard to such costs, CSC in 
May 1998, after reviewing the total acquisition cost schedule, 
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related costs, and the cost of the I/F's valuation, opined that all 
enumerated acquisition costs were reasonable and that the costs that 
were incurred were necessary for making a prudent decision on the 
acquisition of the Property.
    In the opinion of CSC, it is appropriate for the Fund to hold title 
to the Property through the Partnership where the Fund owns 100 percent 
(100%) of the Stock of the corporate general partner of such 
Partnership. In this regard, it is CSC's assumption that the 
Partnership may be restructured in the future to accommodate tax or 
other issues, to sell a portion of the Property, or to accommodate co-
investor or lender capital funding. In this regard, it is represented 
that such holding by the Fund will permit the Fund to avoid liabilities 
associated with a more direct ownership of real estate and will not 
threaten the tax-exempt status of the Fund.
    CSC recognizes that certain aspects of the Fund's investment in the 
Partnership could potentially cause unrelated business income tax 
(UBTI) to the Fund. In this regard, CSC has been advised by counsel to 
the Fund that the structuring of the Fund's ownership, operations, and 
sales will be focused on minimizing any tax consequence to the Fund. 
Based on this advice of counsel, it is CSC's opinion that the risk-
adjusted returns to the Fund, including consideration for potential 
UBTI, fully justify the acquisition, and development/redevelopment 
processes planned by the Fund for the Property.
    In September 1997, when CSC issued its opinion, certain budgets, 
cash flows, or schedules pertaining to the development, redevelopment, 
operation and potential of the various components of the Property were 
not available. In addition, CSC's opinions as to the fairness of the 
transaction were based on certain assumptions related to functions yet 
to be performed or completed and certain permits and approvals yet to 
be received. Notwithstanding these facts, in the course of its review 
of materials with respect to the subject transaction, it is represented 
that nothing came to the attention of CSC that indicated that these 
matters could not be favorably resolved, and in CSC's opinion, it is 
reasonable for the Fund to assume that such matters will be favorable 
resolved.
    Therefore, based on all of the information CSC reviewed as of the 
date of its initial opinion and affirmed in its subsequent report, CSC 
concludes, solely on behalf of the Fund, that the acquisition price in 
the amount of $40 million, plus reasonable costs is appropriate and 
fair. Moreover, based on the foregoing, it is CSC opinion that the 
transaction which is the subject of this exemption represents a prudent 
investment for the Fund and is in the best interest of the participants 
and beneficiaries of the Fund.
    10. In summary, the applicant, represents that the proposed 
transaction meets the statutory criteria for an exemption under section 
408(a) of the Act because:
    (1) The transaction was a one-time transaction;
    (2) The I/F acted on behalf of the Fund;
    (3) Prior to entering the transaction, the I/F reviewed approved 
the terms of the transaction, determined that the transaction was an 
appropriate investment for the Fund, that the amount paid by the Fund 
to acquire ownership of the Property through the Partnership was fair 
and reasonable, that the total costs incurred were necessary for the 
acquisition of the Property and were reasonable, and that the 
transaction was in the best interest of the Fund and its participants 
and beneficiaries;
    (4) The fair market value of the Property held by the Partnership 
was determined by an independent, qualified appraiser;
    (5) The Fund paid no fees or commissions as a result of the 
transaction; and
    (6) The terms of the transaction were no less favorable to the Fund 
than those it would have received under similar circumstances when 
negotiated at arm's length with unrelated third parties.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelena C. Le Blanc of the 
Department, telephone (202) 219-8883 (This is not a toll-free number.)

Collection Bureau Services Profit Sharing Plan and Trust (the 
Plan), Located in Missoula, MT

[Application No. D-10525]

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, 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 (1) the proposed lease (the Lease) by the 
Plan of certain improved real property (the Property) to Collection 
Bureau Services (the Employer), a party in interest with respect to the 
Plan, and (2) the possible purchase of the Property by the Employer in 
the future, pursuant to the Employer's option to purchase the Property 
under the Lease.
    This proposed exemption is subject to the following conditions:
    (1) The Plan is represented for all purposes under the Lease by a 
qualified, independent fiduciary;
    (2) The terms and conditions of the Lease are at least as favorable 
to the Plan as those the Plan could obtain in a comparable arm's length 
transaction with an unrelated party;
    (3) The rent paid to the Plan under the Lease is no less than the 
fair market rental value of the Property, as established by a 
qualified, independent appraiser;
    (4) The rent is adjusted, at a minimum, every three years, based 
upon an updated independent appraisal of the Property, but in no event 
shall such adjustments result in the rent being less than the rental 
amount for the Property existing for the preceding period;
    (5) The Lease is triple net (with all expenses for maintenance, 
taxes, and insurance to be borne by the Employer as the tenant);
    (6) The independent fiduciary for the Plan (the I/F) reviews the 
terms and conditions of the Lease on behalf of the Plan and determines 
that the Lease is in the best interests of, and appropriate for, the 
Plan;
    (7) The I/F monitors and enforces compliance with all of the terms 
and conditions of the Lease, and of the exemption (if granted), 
throughout the duration of the Lease;
    (8) The I/F expressly approves any improvements by the Employer to 
the Property, any renewal of the Lease beyond the initial term, and any 
sale of the Property to the Employer, pursuant to the Employer's option 
to purchase the Property under the Lease;
    (9) In the event that the Employer exercises its option to purchase 
the Property under the Lease, the Employer pays the Plan an amount 
which is the greater of either (a) the original acquisition cost of the 
Property, plus holding expenses, or (b) the fair market value of the 
Property, as of the date of the sale, as established by a qualified, 
independent appraiser; and
    (10) At all times throughout the duration of the Lease, the fair 
market value of the Property represents no more than 25 percent of the 
total assets of the Plan.

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. The Plan is a defined contribution plan sponsored by the 
Employer. The

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Employer, a Montana corporation, is engaged in the collection and 
credit reporting business. As of October 13, 1997, the Plan had 
approximately 26 participants and beneficiaries. As of that date, the 
Plan had total assets of $1,131,567. The trustees of the Plan are 
Jeffrey J. Koch and Douglas N. Klein.
    2. Among the assets of the Plan is the Property, which consists of 
a single family residence located at 218 East Spruce, Missoula, 
Montana, adjacent to the Employer's premises. The Property is a one 
story, two bedroom, one bath structure. The Property was acquired by 
the Plan in 1982 from an unrelated party for $32,500 and is not 
mortgaged or otherwise subject to any debt. Since September 16, 1996, 
the Property has been leased to an unrelated party at the rate of $550 
per month.<SUP>21</SUP> The Employer proposes to lease the Property 
from the Plan and convert the Property to commercial office space, at 
the Employer's own expense (at an estimated cost of approximately 
$1,000).
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    \21\ From October 1, 1994 to September 16, 1996, the Plan leased 
the Property to the Employer for commercial use. In an audit of the 
Plan, the Department cited the prohibited lease, among other things, 
in a letter dated December 17, 1996, as a violation of the Act. In a 
letter dated February 26, 1997, the Department noted that the 
Employer had taken all corrective action required by the Department, 
including the payment, on January 24, 1997, of $2,585.50 in excise 
taxes assessed by the Internal Revenue Service. Since that amount 
exceeded the amount of the section 502(l) penalty assessed by the 
Department, under the Department's regulations (see 29 CFR 2570.86), 
no further payment was due, and the Department closed its 
investigation of the Plan.
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    3. The Property was appraised in May, 1997, by Pamela A. Lundt and 
Lonnie S. Warner of Professional Property Management, Inc. (PPMI). Ms. 
Lundt and Ms. Warner (the Appraisers), the partners of PPMI, are both 
real estate brokers licensed in the State of Montana. The applicant 
represents that both of the Appraisers are highly experienced in 
conducting comparative rental market analysis for residential and 
commercial properties in Missoula, Montana and the surrounding area. In 
addition, PPMI currently manages in excess of 700 residential and 
commercial properties in Missoula and the surrounding area.
    The Appraisers' valuation of the Property included an analysis of 
four other leases of comparable properties in the local market area. 
Based upon this market data, the Appraisers concluded that the Property 
had a fair market rental value in the range of $575 to $600 per month, 
if leased on a triple net basis, as of May 9, 1997.
    4. PPMI has also been retained by the Employer to represent the 
Plan as an independent fiduciary for the Plan (i.e., the I/F). PPMI 
represents that it is unrelated to, and independent of, the Employer 
and derives less than 1% of its annual income from the Employer. PPMI 
states that it is knowledgeable as to the subject transactions. PPMI 
also acknowledges and accepts its duties, responsibilities, and 
liabilities in acting as a fiduciary under the Act with respect to the 
Plan for purposes of the Lease.<SUP>22</SUP>
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    \22\ In this regard, PPMI will confer with legal counsel having 
expertise with respect to the requirements of the Act, as needed.
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    5. The Lease provides for a rental rate of $600 per month and an 
initial term of one year, which may be renewed for additional one year 
periods, up to a maximum total of 15 years, upon the express approval 
of PPMI, as the I/F for the Plan. The Lease provides for rent 
adjustments, at a minimum, every three years, based upon an updated 
independent appraisal of the fair market rental value of the Property. 
However, in no event shall such adjustments result in the rent being 
less than the rental amount for the Property existing for the period 
preceding the adjustment.
    The Lease is triple net (with all expenses for maintenance, taxes, 
and insurance to be borne by the Employer as the tenant). The Lease 
permits the Employer to make improvements to the Property at the 
Employer's expense, upon the express approval by the I/F. Any such 
improvements to the Property will belong to the Plan upon termination 
of the Lease. The Employer will indemnify and hold the Plan harmless 
for all claims and demands arising from or in any way relating to the 
Property.
    6. The Lease grants the Employer the option to purchase the 
Property from the Plan, subject to approval by PPMI. In this regard, 
PPMI, as the I/F for the Plan, must determine that a sale of the 
Property would be in the best interests of the Plan. Any such sale 
would be a one-time transaction for cash, and the Plan would incur no 
expenses relating to the sale.
    If the Employer exercises its option, the Employer will purchase 
the Property from the Plan for an amount which is the greater of either 
(a) the original acquisition cost of the Property, plus holding 
expenses, or (b) the fair market value of the Property as of the date 
of the sale, as established by a qualified, independent appraiser. The 
appraiser must take into account any possible special value that the 
Property may have to the Employer, as a result of the Employer's 
premises being located adjacent to the Property.
    7. PPMI, acting as the I/F for the Plan, represents that it has 
reviewed the terms and conditions of the Lease on behalf of the Plan 
and determined that such terms and conditions are at least as favorable 
to the Plan as those the Plan could obtain in a comparable arm's length 
transaction with an unrelated party. PPMI represents that the Lease 
would be in the best interests of, and appropriate for, the Plan. PPMI 
states that the Lease will generate income for the Plan, and the 
Employer will be a stable, long-term tenant. In this regard, PPMI 
states that the Employer is capable of meeting its contractual 
obligations under the Lease, based upon an examination of the 
Employer's financial condition. Finally, PPMI will monitor and enforce 
compliance with the terms and conditions of the Lease, and of the 
exemption (if granted), throughout the duration of the Lease.
    8. In summary, the applicant represents that the proposed 
transactions satisfy the statutory criteria for an exemption under 
section 408(a) of the Act for the following reasons: (1) the Plan will 
be represented for all purposes under the Lease by PPMI, a qualified, 
independent fiduciary; (2) the terms and conditions of the Lease will 
be at least as favorable to the Plan as those the Plan could obtain in 
a comparable arm's length transaction with an unrelated party; (3) the 
rent charged by the Plan under the Lease will be no less than the fair 
market rental value of the Property, as established by a qualified, 
independent appraiser; (4) the rent will be adjusted, at a minimum, 
every three years, based upon an updated independent appraisal of the 
Property, but in no event shall such adjustments result in the rent 
being less than the rental amount for the Property existing for the 
preceding period; (5) the Lease will be triple net (with all expenses 
for maintenance, taxes, and insurance to be borne by the Employer as 
the tenant); (6) PPMI, as the I/F for the Plan has reviewed the terms 
and conditions of the Lease on behalf of the Plan and determined the 
Lease would be in the best interests of, and appropriate for, the Plan; 
(7) PPMI will monitor and enforce compliance with the terms and 
conditions of the Lease, and of the exemption (if granted), throughout 
the duration of the Lease; (8) PPMI will expressly approve any 
improvements by the Employer to the Property, any renewal of the Lease 
beyond the initial term, and any sale of the Property to the Employer, 
pursuant to the Employer's option to purchase the Property under the 
Lease; (9) in the event that the Employer exercises its option to

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purchase the Property under the Lease, the Employer will pay the Plan 
an amount which is the greater of either (a) the original acquisition 
cost of the Property, plus holding expenses, or (b) the fair market 
value of the Property, as of the date of the sale, as established by a 
qualified, independent appraiser; and (10) at all times throughout the 
duration of the Lease, the fair market value of the Property will 
represent no more than 25 percent of the total assets of the Plan.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Notice of the proposed exemption shall be given to all interested 
persons by first-class mail or by posting the required information at 
the Employer's offices within 10 days of the date of publication of the 
notice of pendency 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/or request a hearing with respect to the proposed exemption. 
Comments and requests for a hearing are due within 40 days of the date 
of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

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

Breland Investments, Inc. Profit Sharing Plan and Trust (the Plan), 
Located in Phoenix, Arizona

[Exemption Application No: D-10529]

Proposed Exemption

    The Department is considering granting an exemption under the 
authority of 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 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 (1) the 
proposed loan (the Loan) by the individually directed account (the 
Account in the Plan \23\ of Dr. Albert E. Breland (Dr. Breland), to 
Mesa Scholastic Enterprises (Mesa), a disqualified person with respect 
to the Plan, and (2) the personal guarantee of the Loan by Dr. Breland, 
a disqualified person with respect to the Plan, provided the following 
conditions are satisfied:
    (a) The terms of the Loan are at least as favorable to the Account 
as those obtainable in an arm's length transaction with an unrelated 
party;
    (b) The amount of the Loan does not exceed 25% of the assets in the 
Account;
    (c) The Loan is secured by a first deed of trust on the commercial 
real property (the Property), which has been appraised by a qualified 
independent appraiser to have a fair market value not less than 150% of 
the outstanding balance of the Loan throughout its duration;

Summary of Facts and Representations

    1. The Plan is a profit sharing plan which provides its 
participants with the opportunity to direct the investment of their 
individual accounts. Currently it has one participant, Dr. Breland, and 
one beneficiary, Mrs. Nancy V. Breland (Mrs. Breland), Dr. Breland's 
wife. The aggregate fair market value of the Plan's, and the Account's, 
assets as of June 30, 1997 was approximately $900,000. The Plan is 
sponsored by Breland Investments, Inc., a corporation wholly owned by 
Dr. and Mrs. Breland which manages various investments in real estate, 
securities and other assets. The trustees of the Plan are Dr. and Mrs. 
Breland.
    2. Mesa is an Arizona General Partnership in which Dr. and Mrs. 
Breland own a majority interest. Located in Mesa, Arizona, it is 
engaged in leasing the Property to the Mesa Montessori Preschool. In 
the past three years, Mesa has averaged annual revenues of 
approximately $48,300, consisting primarily of the $4,000 per month 
received in rent from the Mesa Montessori Preschool.
    3. The Loan involves only the Account and is described by the 
applicant as follows: An amount of $123,500 will be loaned by the 
Account to Mesa for purposes of paying a balloon payment due on a prior 
third-party loan related to the Property. The Loan will be repaid over 
a 10 year period, with equal payments of principal and interest. The 
interest rate will be 10% per annum, which was determined after 
contacting three prominent commercial banks in the Phoenix metropolitan 
area to survey the applicable interest rates for a similar transaction 
between unrelated parties. The Loan will be secured by a first deed of 
trust on the Property.\24\

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               Institution                              Rate                              Contact               
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Harris Trust Bank of Arizona............  3% over 10 year Treasury Bill    Glenn Elstoen.                       
                                           rate, plus an initial charge                                         
                                           of 2 points.                                                         
Northern Trust..........................  8.5 to 9%, plus an initial       Harold Dorenbecher.                  
                                           charge of \1/2\ to 1 point.                                          
Wells Fargo.............................  8.475, plus an initial charge    Roy Miller.                          
                                           of 1\1/2\ points.                                                    
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    Regarding Mesa's creditworthiness, the applicant represents that 
all payments on past and present debt obligations have been paid in a 
timely manner. In addition, because the monthly payments on the 
proposed Loan will be less than those due under the current loan 
related to the Property, and because two additional loans for which 
Mesa pays approximately $1,095 per month will be paid off by September 
1998, the applicant believes that Mesa will have ample income to ensure 
payment of the proposed Loan. Finally, the Brelands, in their 
individual capacity, will be responsible for repayment of the Loan in 
the event of default by Mesa because of their status as general 
partners in Mesa.
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    \23\ Because Dr. Breland is the only participant in the Plan, 
there is no jurisdiction under 29 CFR 2510.3-3(b). However, there is 
jurisdiction under Title II of the Act pursuant to section 4975 of 
the Code.
    \24\ The applicant contacted the Harris Trust Bank of Arizona, 
Northern Trust, and Wells Fargo. The rates obtained were based on 
the following information: A loan for commercial real property in 
the Phoenix metropolitan area in the amount of $120,000 to $130,000 
payable over a 10 year term, and secured by the property which has a 
fair market value in excess of twice the loan amount. The following 
provides the quoted rates:
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    4. The Property consists of a .8469 acre parcel of real property 
improved with a 3,243 square foot one-story preschool building located 
at 2830 South Carriage Lane in Mesa, Arizona. The parcel was originally 
transferred from the Brelands to Mesa in 1983.
    5. On May 1, 1997, Mr. Gary E. Ringel (Mr. Ringel) and Mr. Carter 
T. Froelich (Mr. Froelich), both employees of U.S.L. Valuation, 
appraised the Property. Both Mr. Ringel and Mr. Froelich are State 
Certified Real Estate Appraisers in Arizona, and represent that they 
have no present or prospective interest in the Property, no personal 
interest or bias with respect to the parties involved, and are 
otherwise independent. After reviewing and analyzing the data related 
to the Property, the appraisers determined that the Property is worth 
$406,000, or 3.29 times the amount of the Loan.
    In their appraisal, Mr. Ringel and Mr. Froelich relied on both the 
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the income approach in reaching their conclusion as to the value of the 
Property. Using the sales comparison approach, the appraisers analyzed 
preschool building sales in the Phoenix area and compared those to the 
Property with adjustments made for property rights, financing, 
conditions of sale, market conditions, location and physical features, 
and arrived at a fair market value of $405,000. With respect to the 
income approach, Mr. Ringel and Mr. Froelich employed the direct 
capitalization method, the preferred technique of preschool investors, 
and estimated the value of the subject property to be $407,000. Giving 
the two methods equal weight, the appraisers concluded the value of the 
Property to be $406,000.
    7. In summary, the applicant represents that the proposed 
transaction satisfies the criteria of section 4975(c)(2) of the Code 
for the following reasons: (a) the terms of the Loan are at least as 
favorable to the Account as those obtainable in an arm's length 
transaction with an unrelated party; (b) the amount of the Loan does 
not exceed 25% of the assets in the Account; and (c) the Loan is 
secured by a first deed of trust on the Property, which has been 
appraised by a qualified independent appraiser to have a fair market 
value not less than 150% of the outstanding balance of the Loan 
throughout its duration.

Notice to Interested Persons

    Because Dr. Overland is the only participant to be affected by the 
proposed transaction, it has been determined that there is no need to 
distribute the notice of proposed exemption (the Notice) to interested 
persons. Comments and requests for a hearing are due thirty (30) days 
after publication of the Notice in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James Scott Frazier, 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 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 that each application 
accurately describes all material terms of the transaction which is the 
subject of the exemption.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 22nd day of May, 1998.
Ivan Strasfeld,
Director of Exemption Determinations, Pension and Welfare Benefits 
Administration, Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 98-14196 Filed 5-22-98; 8:45 am]
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