Monthly Luncheon: Alternative Investments in Retirement Plans presented by David Heap of Fennemore Craig

  • 12 Mar 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Phoenix Country Club (at 7th Street and Thomas)


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Alternative Investments in Retirement Plans

In recent years, non-traditional investments have received increasing attention, especially for defined benefit plans and, to some degree, defined contribution plans.   Alternative investments include real estate, private businesses, commodities, collectibles, hedge funds and the like.  Such investments raise a variety of issues, which will be discussed, including

  • Valuation and reporting issues
  • Prohibited transaction and fiduciary rules
  • Unrelated Business and Debt Financed Income Tax
  • Plan asset regulations
  • Bonding and audit implications
  • Securities laws

Event Details


Thursday, March 12, 2020

11:30am to 1:00pm



Phoenix Country Club

2901 N. 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85014


(Don't forget that if you are a member, you can invite colleagues from outside your organization to our event for free with your paid registration.  Just email us with your guest name, company and email address to  

About David Heap of Fennemore Craig

David helps businesses and other clients with matters related to executive compensation and employee benefits law, including defined benefit, 401(k), 403(b), 457, ESOPs, SERPs, cafeteria, stock-related and medical plans. He is also a frequent speaker on employee benefit and executive compensation issues.

Outside of the office, David is an amateur actor who performs with a variety of theater groups throughout Phoenix. He is also a board member of the Arizona Opera. David is an avid reader of the humanities, philosophy and social science, and frequently attends and sometimes makes presentations at conferences about these topics. He and his late wife proudly raised four children and have two grandchildren.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.S., cum laude, Mathematics, Brigham Young University
  • Executive Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Malcolm Richard Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1979-1980


  • Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2020
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019
  • Selected, as One of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Top 10 for ERISA, Human Resources Executive and Lawdragon, 2010
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2009
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Opera
  • Past President, Western Pensions and Benefits Conference - Phoenix Chapter
  • Former Member, Joint Annual Program Planning Committee, Western Benefits Conference (combined meeting of American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and Western Pension and Benefits Conference); Co-Chair of committee 2007, 2010-2012
  • Former Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court


  • Arizona
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

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