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Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Grant of Individual Exemptions Involving: 2010-04, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMCB or the Applicants), D-11491; 2010-05, Goldman Sachs & Its Affiliates (Goldman or the Applicants, D-11509; 2010-06, Louis B. Chaykin, M.D., P.A. Cross-Tested Profit Sharing Plan (the Plan), D-11532; and 2010-07, Columbia Management Advisors, LLC (Columbia, or the Applicant) and Its Current and Future Affiliates (Collectively, the Applicants), D-11556   [3/15/2010]
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[Federal Register: March 15, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 49)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration

 
Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Grant of Individual 
Exemptions Involving: 2010-04, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMCB or the 
Applicants), D-11491; 2010-05, Goldman Sachs & Its Affiliates (Goldman 
or the Applicants, D-11509; 2010-06, Louis B. Chaykin, M.D., P.A. 
Cross-Tested Profit Sharing Plan (the Plan), D-11532; and 2010-07, 
Columbia Management Advisors, LLC (Columbia, or the Applicant) and Its 
Current and Future Affiliates (Collectively, the Applicants), D-11556

AGENCY: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Grant of individual exemptions.

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SUMMARY: This document contains exemptions issued by the Department of 
Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction 
restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 
(ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).
    A notice was published in the Federal Register of the pendency 
before the Department of a proposal to grant such exemption. The notice 
set forth a summary of facts and representations contained in the 
application for exemption and referred interested persons to the 
application for a complete statement of the facts and representations. 
The application has been available for public inspection at the 
Department in Washington, DC. The notice also invited interested 
persons to submit comments on the requested exemption to the 
Department. In addition the notice stated that any interested person 
might submit a written request that a public hearing be

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held (where appropriate). The applicant has represented that it has 
complied with the requirements of the notification to interested 
persons. No requests for a hearing were received by the Department. 
Public comments were received by the Department as described in the 
granted exemption.
    The notice of proposed exemption was issued and the exemption is 
being granted solely by the Department because, effective December 31, 
1978, section 102 of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 1 
(1996), transferred the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to 
issue exemptions of the type proposed to the Secretary of Labor.

Statutory Findings

    In accordance with section 408(a) of the Act and/or section 
4975(c)(2) of the Code and the procedures set forth in 29 CFR part 
2570, Subpart B (55 FR 32836, 32847, August 10, 1990) and based upon 
the entire record, the Department makes the following findings:
    (a) The exemption is administratively feasible;
    (b) The exemption is in the interests of the plan and its 
participants and beneficiaries; and
    (c) The exemption is protective of the rights of the participants 
and beneficiaries of the plan.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMCB or the Applicant), Located in New 
York, New York

[Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2010-04; Application No. D-11491]

Exemption

Section I--Transactions

    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, effective July 1, 2004, to the continued and 
future provision by JPMCB or by its current or future affiliates of 
letters of credit to guarantee the commercial lease obligations of 
unrelated third-party tenants in connection with commercial properties 
owned by a Fund (as defined below in Section III) or commercial 
properties for which a Fund has a security interest, where JPMCB is the 
manager and trustee (Trustee) of such Funds that hold the assets of 
certain employee benefit plans (the Plans), provided that the 
conditions set forth below in Section II are satisfied.

Section II--Conditions

    A. With respect to existing or future letters of credit, each of 
the Funds is represented by an independent fiduciary to perform the 
following functions:
    (1) Monitor monthly reports of rental payments of tenants utilizing 
such letters of credit issued by JPMCB, or any current or future 
affiliate of JPMCB, to guarantee their lease payments;
    (2) Confirm whether an event has occurred that calls for a letter 
of credit to be drawn upon; and
    (3) Represent each of the Funds, and the Plans to the extent they 
are invested in the Funds, as an independent fiduciary in any 
circumstances with respect to a letter of credit which would present a 
conflict of interest for the Trustee or otherwise violate section 
406(b), including but not limited to: the need to enforce a remedy 
against JPMCB or a current or future affiliate with respect to its 
obligations under a letter of credit.
    B. With respect to future letters of credit issued by JPMCB, or any 
current or future affiliate of JPMCB, the following additional 
conditions are met:
    (1) JPMCB, or any current or future affiliate of JPMCB, as the 
issuer of a letter of credit, has at least an ``A'' credit rating by at 
least one nationally recognized statistical rating service at the time 
of the issuance of the letter of credit;
    (2) The letter of credit has objective market drawing conditions 
and states precisely the documents against which payment is to be made;
    (3) JPMCB and its affiliates do not ``steer'' the Funds' tenants to 
JPMCB or its affiliates in order to obtain a letter of credit;
    (4) Letters of credit are issued only to third-party tenants which 
are unrelated to JPMCB; and
    (5) The terms of any future letters of credit are not more 
favorable to the tenants than the terms generally available in 
transactions with other similarly situated unrelated third-party 
commercial clients of JPMCB or of its current or future affiliates.
    C. JPMCB or its affiliates maintain, or cause to be maintained, for 
a period of six (6) years from the date of any transactions involving 
letters of credit described in Section I above such records as are 
necessary to enable the persons, described below in Section II(D), to 
determine whether the conditions of this exemption have been met, 
except that--
    (1) No party in interest with respect to a Plan whose assets are 
involved in letter of credit transactions described in Section I above, 
other than JPMCB or its affiliates, shall be subject to a civil penalty 
under section 502(i) of the Act or the taxes imposed by section 4975(a) 
and (b) of the Code, if such records are not maintained, or not 
available for examination, as required below by Section II(D); and
    (2) A separate prohibited transaction shall not be considered to 
have occurred if, due to circumstances beyond the control of JPMCB or 
its affiliates, such records are lost or destroyed prior to the end of 
the six-year period.
    D. (1) Except as provided below in Section II(D)(2), and 
notwithstanding any provisions of subsections (a)(2) and (b) of section 
504 of the Act, the records referred to above in Section II(C) are 
unconditionally available at their customary location for examination 
during normal business hours by--
    (i) Any duly authorized employee or representative of the 
Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (SEC), and any U.S. banking regulatory agency;
    (ii) Any fiduciary of any Plan whose assets are involved in the 
letter of credit transactions described in Section I above, or any duly 
authorized employee or representative of such fiduciary; or
    (iii) Any employer of participants and beneficiaries and any 
employee organization whose members are covered by a Plan whose assets 
are involved in the letter of credit transactions described in Section 
I above, or any authorized employee or representative of these 
entities; or
    (iv) Any participant or beneficiary of a Plan whose assets are 
involved in the letter of credit transactions described in Section I 
above, or duly authorized employee or representative of such 
participant or beneficiary;
    (2) None of the persons described above in Section II(D)(1)(ii)-
(iv) shall be authorized to examine trade secrets of JPMCB or its 
affiliates, or commercial or financial information which is privileged 
or confidential; and
    (3) Should JPMCB or its affiliates refuse to disclose information 
on the basis that such information is exempt from disclosure, pursuant 
to Section II(D)(2) above, JPMCB or its affiliates shall, by the close 
of the thirtieth (30th) day following the request, provide a written 
notice advising that person of the reasons for the refusal and that the 
Department may request such information.

Section III--Definitions

    A. The term ``independent fiduciary'' means Fiduciary Counselors 
Inc. (Fiduciary Counselors) or any successor Independent Fiduciary, 
provided that Fiduciary Counselors or its successor is: (1) Independent 
of, and unrelated to, JPMCB and its affiliates, and (2) appointed to 
act on behalf of each Fund

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for the purposes described in Section II.A and II.B above. For purposes 
of this exemption, a fiduciary will not be deemed to be independent of, 
and unrelated to, JPMCB if: (i) Such fiduciary directly or indirectly, 
controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with JPMCB; (ii) 
such fiduciary directly or indirectly receives any compensation or 
other consideration in connection with any transaction described in 
this exemption, except that it may receive compensation for acting as 
an independent fiduciary from JPMCB in connection with the transactions 
described herein, if the amount or payment of such compensation is not 
contingent upon, or in any way affected by such fiduciary's decision; 
and (iii) more than 5 percent of such fiduciary's annual gross revenue 
in its prior tax year will be paid by JPMCB and its affiliates in the 
fiduciary's current tax year with respect to any particular 12-month 
tax period.
    B. The term ``affiliate'' means: (1) Any person, directly or 
indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controlling, controlled 
by, or under common control with such person; (2) any officer, 
director, or partner, employee, or relative (as defined in section 
3(15) of the Act) of such person; and (3) any corporation or 
partnership of which such person is an officer, director, or partner or 
employee. For purposes of this definition, the term ``control'' means 
the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or 
policies of a person other than an individual.
    C. The term ``Fund'' or ``Funds'' means ``collective investment 
funds,'' of JPMCB and its current or future affiliates, within the 
meaning of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 91-38 (PTE 91-38) and 
``investment funds,'' of JPMCB and its current or future affiliates, 
within the meaning of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption (PTE 84-
14) and encompasses the following Funds: (i) The Commingled Pension 
Trust Fund (Strategic Property) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the 
Strategic Property Fund); (ii) the Commingled Pension Trust Fund 
(Special Situation Property) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the Special 
Situation Property Fund); and (iii) the Commingled Pension Trust Fund 
(Mortgage Private Placement) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the Mortgage 
Fund).

Written Comments

    1. The Notice of Proposed Exemption (the Notice), published in the 
Federal Register on November 16, 2009 beginning at page 58987, invited 
all interested persons to submit written comments and requests for a 
hearing to the Department within forty-five (45) days of the date of 
its publication. On December 29, 2009, the Department received a 
written comment from the Applicant regarding the content of the Notice. 
This comment, which was the only one received by the Department in 
connection with the Notice, suggested several minor editorial 
adjustments to Sections II and III of the Notice. Specifically, the 
Applicant requested that the text of Section II.A.(3) of the Notice 
(located at the first column of page 58988 of the November 16, 2009 
issue of the Federal Register) be amended in the final grant of 
exemption by clarifying that each of the Funds, and the Plans to the 
extent that they are invested in the Funds, will be represented by an 
independent fiduciary in any circumstances with respect to an existing 
or future letter of credit provided by JPMCB or by its current or 
future affiliates which would present a conflict of interest for the 
Trustee or otherwise violate section 406(b) of the Act. In addition, 
the Applicant also suggested amending the text of Section III.C. of the 
Notice (beginning at the third column of page 58988 and continuing onto 
the first column of page 58989 of the same issue of the Federal 
Register) to more precisely describe the official names of the three 
Funds (the Strategic Property Fund, the Special Situation Property 
Fund, and the Mortgage Fund) that are parties to the exemption 
transaction. After due consideration, the Department has adopted each 
of these amendments suggested by the Applicant.
    2. In its written comment, the Applicant also requested that the 
Department amend the information contained in the first paragraph of 
Representation 3 of the Notice (located at the second column of page 
58989 of the aforementioned issue of the Federal Register) to provide a 
more accurate description of the real estate assets generally held by 
each of the Funds as of December 31, 2008. Accordingly, the Department 
notes that the Applicant has revised the text of the first paragraph of 
Representation 3 of the Notice to read as follows: ``As of December 31, 
2008, the Strategic Property Fund had net assets of approximately $13.7 
billion, which were invested in 152 developed real estate properties, 
primarily office buildings, industrial parks, residential properties, 
and retail properties. As of December 31, 2008, the Special Situation 
Property Fund had net assets of approximately $2.5 billion, which were 
invested in real estate properties, primarily office buildings, 
industrial parks, residential properties, hotels and retail properties. 
As of December 31, 2008, the Mortgage Fund had net assets of 
approximately $5.4 billion, which were invested primarily in non-
recourse secured mortgage loans collateralized by office, industrial, 
retail, multi-family, residential and senior citizen residential 
properties.''
    The Department further notes that it did not receive any requests 
for a hearing from the Applicant or from any other person during the 
aforementioned 45-day comment period.
    For a more complete statement of the facts and representations 
supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to 
the text of the Notice at 74 FR 58987.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark Judge of the Department at 
(202) 693-8550. (This is not a toll-free number).

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Its Affiliates (Goldman or the Applicant); 
Located in New York, New York

[Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2010-05; Exemption Application No. D-
11509]

Exemption

Section I. Sales of Auction Rate Securities From Plans To Goldman: 
Unrelated to a Settlement Agreement

    The restrictions of section 406(a)(1)(A) and (D) and section 
406(b)(1) and (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), (D), and (E) of the Code, shall not apply, effective 
February 1, 2008, to the sale by a Plan (as defined in Section V(e)) of 
an Auction Rate Security (as defined in Section V(c)) to Goldman, where 
such sale (an Unrelated Sale) is unrelated to, and not made in 
connection with, a Settlement Agreement (as defined in Section V(f)), 
provided that the conditions set forth in Section II have been met.\1\
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    \1\ For purposes of this exemption, references to section 406 of 
the Act should be read to refer as well to the corresponding 
provisions of section 4975 of the Code.
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Section II. Conditions Applicable to Transactions Described in Section 
I

    (a) The Plan acquired the Auction Rate Security in connection with 
brokerage or advisory services provided by Goldman to the Plan;
    (b) The last auction for the Auction Rate Security was 
unsuccessful;
    (c) Except in the case of a Plan sponsored by Goldman for its own

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employees (a Goldman Plan), the Unrelated Sale is made pursuant to a 
written offer by Goldman (the Offer) containing all of the material 
terms of the Unrelated Sale. Either the Offer or other materials 
available to the Plan provide: (1) The identity and par value of the 
Auction Rate Security; (2) the interest or dividend amounts that are 
due and unpaid with respect to the Auction Rate Security; and (3) the 
most recent rate information for the Auction Rate Security (if reliable 
information is available). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case 
of a pooled fund maintained or advised by Goldman, this condition shall 
be deemed met to the extent each Plan invested in the pooled fund 
(other than a Goldman Plan) receives written notice regarding the 
Unrelated Sale, where such notice contains the material terms of the 
Unrelated Sale;
    (d) The Unrelated Sale is for no consideration other than cash 
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    (e) The sales price for the Auction Rate Security is equal to the 
par value of the Auction Rate Security, plus any accrued but unpaid 
interest or dividends;
    (f) The Plan does not waive any rights or claims in connection with 
the Unrelated Sale;
    (g) The decision to accept the Offer or retain the Auction Rate 
Security is made by a Plan fiduciary or Plan participant or IRA owner 
who is independent (as defined in Section V(d)) of Goldman. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing: (1) in the case of an IRA (as defined in 
Section V(e)) which is beneficially owned by an employee, officer, 
director or partner of Goldman, the decision to accept the Offer or 
retain the Auction Rate Security may be made by such employee, officer, 
director or partner; or (2) in the case of a Goldman Plan or a pooled 
fund maintained or advised by Goldman, the decision to accept the Offer 
may be made by Goldman after Goldman has determined that such purchase 
is in the best interest of the Goldman Plan or pooled fund; \2\
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    \2\ The Department notes that the Act's general standards of 
fiduciary conduct also apply to the transactions described herein. 
In this regard, section 404 of the Act requires, among other things, 
that a fiduciary discharge his duties respecting a plan solely in 
the interest of the plan's participants and beneficiaries and in a 
prudent manner. Accordingly, a plan fiduciary must act prudently 
with respect to, among other things, the decision to sell the 
Auction Rate Security to Goldman for the par value of the Auction 
Rate Security, plus unpaid interest and dividends. The Department 
further emphasizes that it expects Plan fiduciaries, prior to 
entering into any of the transactions, to fully understand the risks 
associated with this type of transaction following disclosure by 
Goldman of all relevant information.
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    (h) Except in the case of a Goldman Plan or a pooled fund 
maintained or advised by Goldman, neither Goldman nor any affiliate 
exercises investment discretion or renders investment advice within the 
meaning of 29 CFR 2510.3-21(c) with respect to the decision to accept 
the Offer or retain the Auction Rate Security;
    (i) The Plan does not pay any commissions or transaction costs with 
respect to the Unrelated Sale;
    (j) The Unrelated Sale is not part of an arrangement, agreement or 
understanding designed to benefit a party in interest to the Plan;
    (k) Goldman and its affiliates, as applicable, maintain, or cause 
to be maintained, for a period of six (6) years from the date of the 
Unrelated Sale, such records as are necessary to enable the persons 
described below in paragraph (l)(1), to determine whether the 
conditions of this exemption, if granted, have been met, except that:
    (1) No party in interest with respect to a Plan which engages in an 
Unrelated Sale, other than Goldman and its affiliates, as applicable, 
shall be subject to a civil penalty under section 502(i) of the Act or 
the taxes imposed by section 4975(a) and (b) of the Code, if such 
records are not maintained, or not available for examination, as 
required, below, by paragraph (l)(1); and
    (2) A separate prohibited transaction shall not be considered to 
have occurred solely because, due to circumstances beyond the control 
of Goldman or its affiliates, as applicable, such records are lost or 
destroyed prior to the end of the six-year period;
    (l)(1) Except as provided below in paragraph (l)(2), and 
notwithstanding any provisions of subsections (a)(2) and (b) of section 
504 of the Act, the records referred to above in paragraph (k) 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, or the U.S. Securities and 
Exchange Commission;
    (B) Any fiduciary of any Plan, including any IRA owner, that 
engages in a Sale, or any duly authorized employee or representative of 
such fiduciary; or
    (C) Any employer of participants and beneficiaries and any employee 
organization whose members are covered by a Plan that engages in the 
Unrelated Sale, or any authorized employee or representative of these 
entities;
    (2) None of the persons described above in paragraphs (l)(1)(B)-(C) 
shall be authorized to examine trade secrets of Goldman, or commercial 
or financial information which is privileged or confidential; and
    (3) Should Goldman refuse to disclose information on the basis that 
such information is exempt from disclosure, Goldman shall, by the close 
of the thirtieth (30th) day following the request, provide a written 
notice advising that person of the reasons for the refusal and that the 
Department may request such information.

Section III. Sales of Auction Rate Securities From Plans to Goldman: 
Related to a Settlement Agreement

    The restrictions of section 406(a)(1)(A) and (D) and section 
406(b)(1) and (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), (D), and (E) of the Code, shall not apply, effective 
February 1, 2008, to the sale by a Plan of an Auction Rate Security to 
Goldman, where such sale (a Settlement Sale) is related to, and made in 
connection with, a Settlement Agreement, provided that the conditions 
set forth in Section IV have been met.

Section IV. Conditions Applicable to Transactions Described in Section 
III

    (a) The terms and delivery of the Offer are consistent with the 
requirements set forth in the Settlement Agreement and acceptance of 
the offer does not constitute a waiver of any claim of the tendering 
Plan;
    (b) The Offer or other documents available to the Plan specifically 
describe, among other things:
    (1) The securities available for purchase under the Offer;
    (2) The background of the Offer;
    (3) The methods and timing by which Plans may accept the Offer;
    (4) The purchase dates, or the manner of determining the purchase 
dates, for Auction Rate Securities tendered pursuant to the Offer, if 
the Offer had any limitation on such dates;
    (5) The timing for acceptance by Goldman of tendered Auction Rate 
Securities, if there were any limitations on such timing;
    (6) The timing of payment for Auction Rate Securities accepted by 
Goldman for payment, if payment was materially delayed beyond the 
acceptance of the Offer;
    (7) The expiration date of the Offer; and
    (8) How to obtain additional information concerning the Offer;

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    (c) The terms of the Settlement Sale are consistent with the 
requirements set forth in the Settlement Agreement; and
    (d) All of the conditions in Section II have been met.

Section V. Definitions

    For purposes of this exemption:
    (a) The term ``affiliate'' means any person directly or indirectly, 
through one or more intermediaries, controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with such other person;
    (b) The term ``control'' means the power to exercise a controlling 
influence over the management or policies of a person other than an 
individual;
    (c) The term ``Auction Rate Security'' means a security: (1) that 
is either a debt instrument (generally with a long-term nominal 
maturity) or preferred stock; and (2) with an interest rate or dividend 
that is reset at specific intervals through a Dutch auction process;
    (d) A person is ``independent'' of Goldman if the person is: (1) 
Not Goldman or an affiliate; and (2) not a relative (as defined in 
section 3(15) of the Act) of the party engaging in the transaction;
    (e) The term ``Plan'' means an individual retirement account or 
similar account described in section 4975(e)(1)(B) through (F) of the 
Code (an IRA); an employee benefit plan as defined in section 3(3) of 
the Act; or an entity holding plan assets within the meaning of 29 CFR 
2510.3-101, as modified by section 3(42) of the Act; and
    (f) The term ``Settlement Agreement'' means a legal settlement 
involving Goldman and a U.S. state or federal authority that provides 
for the purchase of an ARS by Goldman from a Plan.

DATES: Effective Date: This exemption is effective as of February 1, 
2008.
    For a more complete statement of the facts and representations 
supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to 
the notice of proposed exemption published on December 22, 2009 at 74 
FR 68102.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Shiker of the Department, 
telephone (202) 693-8552. (This is not a toll-free number.)

Louis B. Chaykin, M.D., P.A., Cross-Tested Profit Sharing Plan (the 
Plan), Located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

[Prohibited Transaction Exemption No. 2010-06; Application Number D-
11532]

Exemption

    The restrictions of sections 406(a), 406(b)(1) and (b)(2) of the 
Act, and the sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 
of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A), through (E) of the 
Code, shall not apply to the proposed sale (the Sale) at fair market 
value by the Plan of certain coins (the Collectibles), to Louis B. 
Chaykin, M.D. (the Applicant), a party in interest with respect to the 
Plan, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
    (a) The Sale is a one-time transaction for cash;
    (b) The Plan pays no commissions, fees or other expenses in 
connection with the Sale;
    (c) The terms and conditions of the Sale are at least as favorable 
as those obtainable in an arm's length transaction with an unrelated 
third party;
    (d) The fair market value of the Collectibles was determined by a 
qualified, independent appraiser;
    (e) The Plan receives no less than the fair market value of the 
Collectibles at the time of the Sale; and
    (f) All of the participants of the Plan, with the exception of the 
Applicant, have been paid their benefits in full.
    For a more complete statement of the facts and representations 
supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to 
the text of the Notice of Proposed Exemption that appears at 74 FR 
68105 (December 22, 2009).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mark Judge of the Department, 
telephone (202) 693-8550. (This is not a toll-free number).

Columbia Management Advisors, LLC (Columbia, or the Applicant) and Its 
Current and Future Affiliates (collectively, the Applicants); Located 
in Boston, Massachusetts

[Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2010-07; Exemption Application No. D-
11556]

Exemption

Section I--Transactions

    The restrictions of section 406 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 to 
the purchase of certain securities (the Securities), as defined, below 
in Section III(i), by an Asset Manager, as defined, below, in Section 
III(d), from any person other than such Asset Manager, during the 
existence of an underwriting or selling syndicate with respect to such 
Securities, where a broker-dealer affiliated with Columbia (the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer), as defined, below, in Section III(b), is a 
manager or member of such syndicate and the Asset Manager purchases 
such Securities, as a fiduciary:
    (a) On behalf of an employee benefit plan or employee benefit plans 
(Client Plan(s)), as defined, below, in Section III(f); or
    (b) On behalf of Client Plans, and/or In-House Plans, as defined, 
below, in Section III(m), which are invested in a pooled fund or in 
pooled funds (Pooled Fund(s)), as defined, below, in Section III(g); 
provided that the conditions as set forth, below, in Section II, are 
satisfied (An affiliated underwriter transaction (AUT)).\3\
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    \3\ For purposes of this exemption an In-House Plan may engage 
in AUTs only through investment in a Pooled Fund.
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Section II--Conditions

    The exemption is conditioned upon adherence to the material facts 
and representations described herein and upon satisfaction of the 
following requirements:
    (a)(1) The Securities to be purchased are either--
    (i) Part of an issue registered under the Securities Act of 1933 
(the 1933 Act) (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.). If the Securities to be 
purchased are part of an issue that is exempt from such registration 
requirement, such Securities:
    (A) Are issued or guaranteed by the United States or by any person 
controlled or supervised by and acting as an instrumentality of the 
United States pursuant to authority granted by the Congress of the 
United States,
    (B) Are issued by a bank,
    (C) Are exempt from such registration requirement pursuant to a 
federal statute other than the 1933 Act, or
    (D) Are the subject of a distribution and are of a class which is 
required to be registered under section 12 of the Securities Exchange 
Act of 1934 (the 1934 Act) (15 U.S.C. 781), and are issued by an issuer 
that has been subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 of 
the 1934 Act (15 U.S.C. 78m) for a period of at least ninety (90) days 
immediately preceding the sale of such Securities and that has filed 
all reports required to be filed thereunder with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (SEC) during the preceding twelve (12) months; or
    (ii) Part of an issue that is an Eligible Rule 144A Offering, as 
defined in SEC Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3(a)(4)).\4\

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Where the Eligible Rule 144A Offering of the Securities is of equity 
securities, the offering syndicate shall obtain a legal opinion 
regarding the adequacy of the disclosure in the offering memorandum;
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    \4\ SEC Rule 10f-3(a)(4), 17 CFR 270.10f-3(a)(4), states that 
the term ``Eligible Rule 144A Offering'' means an offering of 
securities that meets the following conditions:
     (i) The securities are offered or sold in transactions exempt 
from registration under section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 
[15 U.S.C. 77d(d)], rule 144A thereunder [Sec.  230.144A of this 
chapter], or rules 501-508 thereunder [Sec. Sec.  230.501-230.508 of 
this chapter];
     (ii) The securities are sold to persons that the seller and any 
person acting on behalf of the seller reasonably believe to include 
qualified institutional buyers, as defined in Sec.  230.144A(a)(1) 
of this chapter; and
     (iii) The seller and any person acting on behalf of the seller 
reasonably believe that the securities are eligible for resale to 
other qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Sec.  230.144A of 
this chapter.
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    (2) The Securities to be purchased are purchased prior to the end 
of the first day on which any sales are made, pursuant to that 
offering, at a price that is not more than the price paid by each other 
purchaser of the Securities in that offering or in any concurrent 
offering of the Securities, except that--
    (i) If such Securities are offered for subscription upon exercise 
of rights, they may be purchased on or before the fourth day preceding 
the day on which the rights offering terminates; or
    (ii) If such Securities are debt securities, they may be purchased 
at a price that is not more than the price paid by each other purchaser 
of the Securities in that offering or in any concurrent offering of the 
Securities and may be purchased on a day subsequent to the end of the 
first day on which any sales are made, pursuant to that offering, 
provided that the interest rates, as of the date of such purchase, on 
comparable debt securities offered to the public subsequent to the end 
of the first day on which any sales are made and prior to the purchase 
date are less than the interest rate of the debt Securities being 
purchased; and
    (3) The Securities to be purchased are offered pursuant to an 
underwriting or selling agreement under which the members of the 
syndicate are committed to purchase all of the Securities being 
offered, except if--
    (i) Such Securities are purchased by others pursuant to a rights 
offering; or
    (ii) Such Securities are offered pursuant to an over-allotment 
option.
    (b) The issuer of the Securities to be purchased pursuant to this 
exemption must have been in continuous operation for not less than 
three years, including the operation of any predecessors, unless the 
Securities to be purchased are--
    (1) Non-convertible debt securities rated in one of the four 
highest rating categories by Standard & Poor's Rating Services, Moody's 
Investors Service, Inc., FitchRatings, Inc., Dominion Bond Rating 
Service Limited, Dominion Bond Rating Service, Inc., or any successors 
thereto (collectively, the Rating Organizations), provided that none of 
the Rating Organizations rates such Securities in a category lower than 
the fourth highest rating category; or
    (2) Debt securities issued or fully guaranteed by the United States 
or by any person controlled or supervised by and acting as an 
instrumentality of the United States pursuant to authority granted by 
the Congress of the United States; or
    (3) Debt securities which are fully guaranteed by a person (the 
Guarantor) that has been in continuous operation for not less than 
three years, including the operation of any predecessors, provided that 
such Guarantor has issued other securities registered under the 1933 
Act; or if such Guarantor has issued other securities which are exempt 
from such registration requirement, such Guarantor has been in 
continuous operation for not less than three years, including the 
operation of any predecessors, and such Guarantor is:
    (a) A bank; or
    (b) An issuer of securities which are exempt from such registration 
requirement, pursuant to a Federal statute other than the 1933 Act; or
    (c) An issuer of securities that are the subject of a distribution 
and are of a class which is required to be registered under section 12 
of the 1934 Act (15 U.S.C. 781), and are issued by an issuer that has 
been subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 of the 1934 
Act (15 U.S.C. 78m) for a period of at least ninety (90) days 
immediately preceding the sale of such securities and that has filed 
all reports required to be filed thereunder with the SEC during the 
preceding twelve (12) months.
    (c) The aggregate amount of Securities of an issue purchased, 
pursuant to this exemption, by the Asset Manager with: (i) The assets 
of all Client Plans; and (ii) The assets, calculated on a pro-rata 
basis, of all Client Plans and In-House Plans investing in Pooled Funds 
managed by the Asset Manager; and (iii) The assets of plans to which 
the Asset Manager renders investment advice within the meaning of 29 
CFR 2510.3-21(c) does not exceed:
    (1) Ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the Securities being 
offered in an issue, if such Securities are equity securities;
    (2) Thirty-five percent (35%) of the total amount of the Securities 
being offered in an issue, if such Securities are debt securities rated 
in one of the four highest rating categories by at least one of the 
Rating Organizations, provided that none of the Rating Organizations 
rates such Securities in a category lower than the fourth highest 
rating category; or
    (3) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount of the Securities 
being offered in an issue, if such Securities are debt securities rated 
in the fifth or sixth highest rating categories by at least one of the 
Rating Organizations; provided that none of the Rating Organizations 
rates such Securities in a category lower than the sixth highest rating 
category; and
    (4) The assets of any single Client Plan (and the assets of any 
Client Plans and any In-House Plans investing in Pooled Funds) may not 
be used to purchase any Securities being offered, if such Securities 
are debt securities rated lower than the sixth highest rating category 
by any of the Rating Organizations;
    (5) Notwithstanding the percentage of Securities of an issue 
permitted to be acquired, as set forth in Section II(c)(1), (2), and 
(3), above, of this exemption, the amount of Securities in any issue 
(whether equity or debt securities) purchased, pursuant to this 
exemption, by the Asset Manager on behalf of any single Client Plan, 
either individually or through investment, calculated on a pro-rata 
basis, in a Pooled Fund may not exceed three percent (3%) of the total 
amount of such Securities being offered in such issue, and;
    (6) If purchased in an Eligible Rule 144A Offering, the total 
amount of the Securities being offered for purposes of determining the 
percentages, described, above, in Section II(c)(1)-(3) and (5), is the 
total of:
    (i) The principal amount of the offering of such class of 
Securities sold by underwriters or members of the selling syndicate to 
``qualified institutional buyers'' (QIBs), as defined in SEC Rule 144A 
(17 CFR 230.144A(a)(1)); plus
    (ii) The principal amount of the offering of such class of 
Securities in any concurrent public offering.
    (d) The aggregate amount to be paid by any single Client Plan in 
purchasing any Securities which are the subject of this exemption, 
including any amounts paid by any Client Plan or In-House Plan in 
purchasing such Securities through a Pooled Fund, calculated on a pro-
rata basis, does not exceed three percent (3%) of the fair market value 
of the net assets of such Client Plan or In-House Plan, as of the last 
day of the most recent fiscal quarter of such Client Plan or In-House 
Plan prior to such transaction.
    (e) The covered transactions are not part of an agreement, 
arrangement, or understanding designed to benefit the Asset Manager or 
its affiliate.

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    (f) The Affiliated Broker-Dealer does not receive, either directly, 
indirectly, or through designation, any selling concession, or other 
compensation or consideration that is based upon the amount of 
Securities purchased by any single Client Plan, or that is based on the 
amount of Securities purchased by Client Plans or In-House Plans 
through Pooled Funds, pursuant to this exemption. In this regard, the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer may not receive, either directly or 
indirectly, any compensation or consideration that is attributable to 
the fixed designations generated by purchases of the Securities by the 
Asset Manager on behalf of any single Client Plan or any Client Plan or 
In-House Plan in Pooled Funds.
    (g)(1) The amount the Affiliated Broker-Dealer receives in 
management, underwriting, or other compensation or consideration is not 
increased through an agreement, arrangement, or understanding for the 
purpose of compensating the Affiliated Broker-Dealer for foregoing any 
selling concessions for those Securities sold pursuant to this 
exemption. Except as described above, nothing in this Section II(g)(1) 
shall be construed as precluding the Affiliated Broker-Dealer from 
receiving management fees for serving as manager of the underwriting or 
selling syndicate, underwriting fees for assuming the responsibilities 
of an underwriter in the underwriting or selling syndicate, or other 
compensation or consideration that is not based upon the amount of 
Securities purchased by the Asset Manager on behalf of any single 
Client Plan, or on behalf of any Client Plan or In-House Plan 
participating in Pooled Funds, pursuant to this exemption; and
    (2) The Affiliated Broker-Dealer shall provide to the Asset Manager 
a written certification, dated and signed by an officer of the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer, stating the amount that the Affiliated 
Broker-Dealer received in compensation or consideration during the past 
quarter, in connection with any offerings covered by this exemption, 
was not adjusted in a manner inconsistent with Section II(e), (f), or 
(g) of this exemption.
    (h) The covered transactions are performed under a written 
authorization executed in advance by an independent fiduciary of each 
single Client Plan (the Independent Fiduciary), as defined, below, in 
Section III(h).
    (i) Prior to the execution by an Independent Fiduciary of a single 
Client Plan of the written authorization described, above, in Section 
II(h), the following information and materials (which may be provided 
electronically) must be provided by the Asset Manager to such 
Independent Fiduciary:
    (1) A copy of the Notice of Proposed Exemption (the Notice) and a 
copy of the final exemption (the Grant) as published in the Federal 
Register, provided that the Notice and the Grant are supplied 
simultaneously; and
    (2) Any other reasonably available information regarding the 
covered transactions that such Independent Fiduciary requests the Asset 
Manager to provide.
    (j) Subsequent to the initial authorization by an Independent 
Fiduciary of a single Client Plan permitting the Asset Manager to 
engage in the covered transactions on behalf of such single Client 
Plan, the Asset Manager will continue to be subject to the requirement 
to provide within a reasonable period of time any reasonably available 
information regarding the covered transactions that the Independent 
Fiduciary requests the Asset Manager to provide.
    (k)(1) In the case of an existing employee benefit plan investor 
(or existing In-House Plan investor, as the case may be) in a Pooled 
Fund, such Pooled Fund may not engage in any covered transactions 
pursuant to this exemption, unless the Asset Manager provides the 
written information, as described, below, and within the time period 
described, below, in this Section II(k)(2), to the Independent 
Fiduciary of each such plan participating in such Pooled Fund (and to 
the fiduciary of each such In-House Plan participating in such Pooled 
Fund).
    (2) The following information and materials (which may be provided 
electronically) shall be provided by the Asset Manager not less than 45 
days prior to such Asset Manager engaging in the covered transactions 
on behalf of a Pooled Fund, pursuant to this exemption, and provided 
further that the information described below, in this Section 
II(k)(2)(i) and (iii) is supplied simultaneously:
    (i) A notice of the intent of such Pooled Fund to purchase 
Securities pursuant to this exemption, a copy of the Notice, and a copy 
of the Grant, as published in the Federal Register;
    (ii) Any other reasonably available information regarding the 
covered transactions that the Independent Fiduciary of a plan (or 
fiduciary of an In-House Plan) participating in a Pooled Fund requests 
the Asset Manager to provide; and
    (iii) A termination form expressly providing an election for the 
Independent Fiduciary of a plan (or fiduciary of an In-House Plan) 
participating in a Pooled Fund to terminate such plan's (or In-House 
Plan's) investment in such Pooled Fund without penalty to such plan (or 
In-House Plan). Such form shall include instructions specifying how to 
use the form. Specifically, the instructions will explain that such 
plan (or such In-House Plan) has an opportunity to withdraw its assets 
from a Pooled Fund for a period of no more than 30 days after such 
plan's (or such In-House Plan's) receipt of the initial notice of 
intent, described, above, in Section II(k)(2)(i), and that the failure 
of the Independent Fiduciary of such plan (or fiduciary of such In-
House Plan) to return the termination form to the Asset Manager in the 
case of a plan (or In-House Plan) participating in a Pooled Fund by the 
specified date shall be deemed to be an approval by such plan (or such 
In-House Plan) of its participation in the covered transactions as an 
investor in such Pooled Fund.
    Further, the instructions will identify the Asset Manager and the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer and will provide the address of the Asset 
Manager. The instructions will state that this exemption may be 
unavailable, unless the fiduciary of each plan participating in the 
covered transactions as an investor in a Pooled Fund is, in fact, 
independent of the Asset Manager and the Affiliated Broker-Dealer. The 
instructions will also state that the fiduciary of each such plan must 
advise the Asset Manager, in writing, if it is not an ``Independent 
Fiduciary,'' as that term is defined, below, in Section III(h).
    For purposes of this Section II(k), the requirement that the 
fiduciary responsible for the decision to authorize the transactions 
described, above, in Section I of this exemption for each plan be 
independent of the Asset Manager shall not apply in the case of an In-
House Plan.
    (l)(1) In the case of each plan (and in the case of each In-House 
Plan) whose assets are proposed to be invested in a Pooled Fund after 
such Pooled Fund has satisfied the conditions set forth in this 
exemption to engage in the covered transactions, the investment by such 
plan (or by such In-House Plan) in the Pooled Fund is subject to the 
prior written authorization of an Independent Fiduciary representing 
such plan (or the prior written authorization by the fiduciary of such 
In-House Plan, as the case may be), following the receipt by such 
Independent Fiduciary of such plan (or by the fiduciary of such In-
House Plan, as the case may be) of the written information described, 
above, in Section II(k)(2)(i) and (ii), provided that the Notice and 
the Grant, described

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above in Section II(k)(2)(i), are provided simultaneously.
    (2) For purposes of this Section II(l), the requirement that the 
fiduciary responsible for the decision to authorize the transactions 
described, above, in Section I of this exemption for each plan 
proposing to invest in a Pooled Fund be independent of the Asset 
Manager and its affiliates shall not apply in the case of an In-House 
Plan.
    (m) Subsequent to the initial authorization by an Independent 
Fiduciary of a plan (or by a fiduciary of an In-House Plan) to invest 
in a Pooled Fund that engages in the covered transactions, the Asset 
Manager will continue to be subject to the requirement to provide 
within a reasonable period of time any reasonably available information 
regarding the covered transactions that the Independent Fiduciary of 
such plan (or the fiduciary of such In-House Plan, as the case may be) 
requests the Asset Manager to provide.
    (n) At least once every three months, and not later than 45 days 
following the period to which such information relates, the Asset 
Manager shall furnish:
    (1) In the case of each single Client Plan that engages in the 
covered transactions, the information described, below, in this Section 
II(n)(3)-(7), to the Independent Fiduciary of each such single Client 
Plan.
    (2) In the case of each Pooled Fund in which a Client Plan (or in 
which an In-House Plan) invests, the information described, below, in 
this Section II(n)(3)-(6) and (8), to the Independent Fiduciary of each 
such Client Plan (and to the fiduciary of each such In-House Plan) 
invested in such Pooled Fund.
    (3) A quarterly report (the Quarterly Report) (which may be 
provided electronically) which discloses all the Securities purchased 
pursuant to this exemption during the period to which such report 
relates on behalf of the Client Plan, In-House Plan, or Pooled Fund to 
which such report relates, and which discloses the terms of each of the 
transactions described in such report, including:
    (i) The type of Securities (including the rating of any Securities 
which are debt securities) involved in each transaction;
    (ii) The price at which the Securities were purchased in each 
transaction;
    (iii) The first day on which any sale was made during the offering 
of the Securities;
    (iv) The size of the issue of the Securities involved in each 
transaction;
    (v) The number of Securities purchased by the Asset Manager for the 
Client Plan, In-House Plan, or Pooled Fund to which the transaction 
relates;
    (vi) The identity of the underwriter from whom the Securities were 
purchased for each transaction;
    (vii) The underwriting spread in each transaction (i.e., the 
difference, between the price at which the underwriter purchases the 
Securities from the issuer and the price at which the Securities are 
sold to the public);
    (viii) The price at which any of the Securities purchased during 
the period to which such report relates were sold; and
    (ix) The market value at the end of the period to which such report 
relates of the Securities purchased during such period and not sold;
    (4) The Quarterly Report contains:
    (i) A representation that the Asset Manager has received a written 
certification signed by an officer of the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, as 
described, above, in Section II(g)(2), affirming that, as to each AUT 
covered by this exemption during the past quarter, the Affiliated 
Broker-Dealer acted in compliance with Section II(e), (f), and (g) of 
this exemption, and
    (ii) A representation that copies of such certifications will be 
provided upon request;
    (5) A disclosure in the Quarterly Report that states that any other 
reasonably available information regarding a covered transaction that 
an Independent Fiduciary (or fiduciary of an In-House Plan) requests 
will be provided, including, but not limited to:
    (i) The date on which the Securities were purchased on behalf of 
the Client Plan (or the In-House Plan) to which the disclosure relates 
(including Securities purchased by Pooled Funds in which such Client 
Plan (or such In-House Plan) invests);
    (ii) The percentage of the offering purchased on behalf of all 
Client Plans (and the pro-rata percentage purchased on behalf of Client 
Plans and In-House Plans investing in Pooled Funds); and
    (iii) The identity of all members of the underwriting syndicate;
    (6) The Quarterly Report discloses any instance during the past 
quarter where the Asset Manager was precluded for any period of time 
from selling Securities purchased under this exemption in that quarter 
because of its status as an affiliate of an Affiliated Broker-Dealer 
and the reason for this restriction;
    (7) Explicit notification, prominently displayed in each Quarterly 
Report sent to the Independent Fiduciary of each single Client Plan 
that engages in the covered transactions that the authorization to 
engage in such covered transactions may be terminated, without penalty 
to such single Client Plan, within five (5) days after the date that 
the Independent Fiduciary of such single Client Plan informs the person 
identified in such notification that the authorization to engage in the 
covered transactions is terminated; and
    (8) Explicit notification, prominently displayed in each Quarterly 
Report sent to the Independent Fiduciary of each Client Plan (and to 
the fiduciary of each In-House Plan) that engages in the covered 
transactions through a Pooled Fund that the investment in such Pooled 
Fund may be terminated, without penalty to such Client Plan (or such 
In-House Plan), within such time as may be necessary to effect the 
withdrawal in an orderly manner that is equitable to all withdrawing 
plans and to the non-withdrawing plans, after the date that that the 
Independent Fiduciary of such Client Plan (or the fiduciary of such In-
House Plan, as the case may be) informs the person identified in such 
notification that the investment in such Pooled Fund is terminated.
    (o) For purposes of engaging in covered transactions, each Client 
Plan (and each In-House Plan) shall have total net assets with a value 
of at least $50 million (the $50 Million Net Asset Requirement). For 
purposes of engaging in covered transactions involving an Eligible Rule 
144A Offering, each Client Plan (and each In-House Plan) shall have 
total net assets of at least $100 million in securities of issuers that 
are not affiliated with such Client Plan (or such In-House Plan, as the 
case may be) (the $100 Million Net Asset Requirement).
    For purposes of a Pooled Fund engaging in covered transactions, 
each Client Plan (and each In-House Plan) in such Pooled Fund shall 
have total net assets with a value of at least $50 million. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if each such Client Plan (and each such 
In-House Plan) in such Pooled Fund does not have total net assets with 
a value of at least $50 million, the $50 Million Net Asset Requirement 
will be met if 50 percent (50%) or more of the units of beneficial 
interest in such Pooled Fund are held by Client Plans (or by In-House 
Plans) each of which has total net assets with a value of at least $50 
million. For purposes of a Pooled Fund engaging in covered transactions 
involving an Eligible Rule 144A Offering, each Client Plan (and each 
In-House Plan) in such Pooled Fund shall have total net assets of at 
least $100 million in securities of issuers that are not affiliated 
with such Client Plan (or such In-House Plan, as the case may be). 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if each

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such Client Plan (and each such In-House Plan) in such Pooled Fund does 
not have total net assets of at least $100 million in securities of 
issuers that are not affiliated with such Client Plan (or In-House 
Plan, as the case may be), the $100 Million Net Asset Requirement will 
be met if 50 percent (50%) or more of the units of beneficial interest 
in such Pooled Fund are held by Client Plans (or by In-House Plans) 
each of which have total net assets of at least $100 million in 
securities of issuers that are not affiliated with such Client Plan (or 
such In-House Plan, as the case may be), and the Pooled Fund itself 
qualifies as a QIB, as determined pursuant to SEC Rule 144A (17 CFR 
230.144A(a)(1)(i)(F)).
    For purposes of the net asset requirements described above, in this 
Section II(o), where a group of Client Plans is maintained by a single 
employer or controlled group of employers, as defined in section 
407(d)(7) of the Act, the $50 Million Net Asset Requirement (or in the 
case of an Eligible Rule 144A Offering, the $100 Million Net Asset 
Requirement) may be met by aggregating the assets of such Client Plans, 
if the assets of such Client Plans are pooled for investment purposes 
in a single master trust.
    (p) The Asset Manager qualifies as a ``qualified professional asset 
manager'' (QPAM), as that term is defined under Part V(a) of PTE 84-14. 
Further, the Asset Manager, which qualifies as a QPAM, must also have 
total client assets under its management and control in excess of $5 
billion, as of the last day of its most recent fiscal year and 
shareholders' or partners' equity in excess of $1 million.
    (q) No more than 20 percent of the assets of a Pooled Fund at the 
time of a covered transaction are comprised of assets of In-House Plans 
for which the Asset Manager or the Affiliated Broker-Dealer exercises 
investment discretion.
    (r) The Asset Manager and the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, as 
applicable, maintain, or cause to be maintained, for a period of six 
(6) years from the date of any covered transaction such records as are 
necessary to enable the persons, described, below, in Section II(s), to 
determine whether the conditions of this exemption have been met, 
except that--
    (1) No party in interest with respect to a plan which engages in 
the covered transactions, other than the Asset Manager and the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer, as applicable, shall be subject to a civil 
penalty under section 502(i) of the Act or the taxes imposed by section 
4975(a) and (b) of the Code, if such records are not maintained, or not 
available for examination, as required, below, by Section II(s); and
    (2) A separate prohibited transaction shall not be considered to 
have occurred solely because, due to circumstances beyond the control 
of the Asset Manager, or the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, as applicable, 
such records are lost or destroyed prior to the end of the six-year 
period.
    (s)(1) Except as provided, below, in Section II(s)(2), and 
notwithstanding any provisions of subsections (a)(2) and (b) of section 
504 of the Act, the records referred to above, in Section II(r), are 
unconditionally available at their customary location for examination 
during normal business hours by--
    (i) Any duly authorized employee or representative of the 
Department, the Internal Revenue Service, or the SEC; or
    (ii) Any fiduciary of any plan that engages in the covered 
transactions, or any duly authorized employee or representative of such 
fiduciary; or
    (iii) Any employer of participants and beneficiaries and any 
employee organization whose members are covered by a plan that engages 
in the covered transactions, or any authorized employee or 
representative of these entities; or
    (iv) Any participant or beneficiary of a plan that engages in the 
covered transactions, or duly authorized employee or representative of 
such participant or beneficiary;
    (2) None of the persons described above, in Section II(s)(1)(ii)-
(iv), shall be authorized to examine trade secrets of the Asset 
Manager, or the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, or commercial or financial 
information which is privileged or confidential; and
    (3) Should the Asset Manager or the Affiliated Broker-Dealer refuse 
to disclose information on the basis that such information is exempt 
from disclosure, pursuant to Section II(s)(2) above, the Asset Manager 
shall, by the close of the thirtieth (30th) day following the request, 
provide a written notice advising that person of the reasons for the 
refusal and that the Department may request such information.

Section III--Definitions

    (a) The term, ``the Applicant,'' means Columbia Management 
Advisors, LLC.
    (b) The term, ``Affiliated Broker-Dealer,'' means any broker-dealer 
affiliate, as ``affiliate'' is defined, below, in Section III(c), of 
the Applicant, as ``Applicant'' is defined, above, in Section III(a), 
that meets the requirements of this exemption. Such Affiliated Broker-
Dealer may participate in an underwriting or selling syndicate as a 
manager or member. The term, ``manager,'' with respect to a syndicate, 
means any member of an underwriting or selling syndicate who, either 
alone or together with other members of the syndicate, is authorized to 
act on behalf of the members of the syndicate in connection with the 
sale and distribution of the Securities, as defined below, in Section 
III(i), being offered or who receives compensation from the members of 
the syndicate for its services as a manager of the syndicate.
    (c) The term ``affiliate'' of a person includes:
    (1) Any person directly or indirectly through one or more 
intermediaries, controlling, controlled by, or under common control 
with such person;
    (2) Any officer, director, partner, employee, or relative, as 
defined in section 3(15) of the Act, of such person; and
    (3) Any corporation or partnership of which such person is an 
officer, director, partner, or employee.
    For purposes of this exemption, the definition of ``affiliate'' 
shall include any entity that satisfies such definition in the future.
    (d) The term ``Asset Manager'' means Columbia or an affiliate of 
Columbia as defined above in Section III(c), which entity acts as the 
fiduciary with respect to Client Plan(s), as defined in Section III(f), 
below, or Pooled Fund(s), as defined in Section III(g), below.
    (e) The term, ``control,'' means the power to exercise a 
controlling influence over the management or policies of a person other 
than an individual.
    (f) The term, ``Client Plan(s),'' means an employee benefit plan(s) 
that is subject to the Act and/or the Code, and for which plan(s) an 
Asset Manager exercises discretionary authority or discretionary 
control respecting management or disposition of some or all of the 
assets of such plan(s), but excludes In-House Plans, as defined, below, 
in Section III(m).
    (g) The term, ``Pooled Fund(s),'' means a common or collective 
trust fund(s) or a pooled investment fund(s):
    (1) In which employee benefit plan(s) subject to the Act and/or 
Code invest,
    (2) Which is maintained by an Asset Manager, and
    (3) For which such Asset Manager exercises discretionary authority 
or discretionary control respecting the management or disposition of 
the assets of such fund(s).
    (h)(1) The term, ``Independent Fiduciary,'' means a fiduciary of a 
plan who is unrelated to, and independent of the Asset Manager and the 
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exemption, a fiduciary of a plan will be deemed to be unrelated to, and 
independent of the Asset Manager and the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, if 
such fiduciary represents in writing that neither such fiduciary, nor 
any individual responsible for the decision to authorize or terminate 
authorization for the transactions described above, in Section I of 
this exemption, is an officer, director, or highly compensated employee 
(within the meaning of Code section 4975(e)(2)(H)) of the Asset Manager 
and the Affiliated Broker-Dealer, and represents that such fiduciary 
shall advise the Asset Manager within a reasonable period of time after 
any change in such facts occur.
    (2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 
III(h), a fiduciary of a plan is not independent:
    (i) If such fiduciary directly or indirectly controls, is 
controlled by, or is under common control with the Asset Manager or the 
Affiliated Broker Dealer;
    (ii) If such fiduciary directly or indirectly receives any 
compensation or other consideration from the Asset Manager, or the 
Affiliated Broker-Dealer for his or her own personal account in 
connection with any transaction described in this exemption;
    (iii) If any officer, director, or highly compensated employee 
(within the meaning of Code section 4975(e)(2)(H)) of the Asset Manager 
responsible for the transactions described above, in Section I of this 
exemption, is an officer, director, or highly compensated employee 
(within the meaning of Code section 4975(e)(2)(H)) of the sponsor of 
the plan or of the fiduciary responsible for the decision to authorize 
or terminate authorization for the transactions described above, in 
Section I. However, if such individual is a director of the sponsor of 
the plan or of the responsible fiduciary, and if he or she abstains 
from participation in: (A) The choice of the plan's investment manager/
adviser; and (B) the decision to authorize or terminate authorization 
for transactions described above, in Section I, then this Section 
III(h)(2)(iii) shall not apply.
    (3) The term, ``officer,'' means a president, any vice president in 
charge of a principal business unit, division, or function (such as 
sales, administration, or finance), or any other officer who performs a 
policy-making function for Columbia or any affiliate thereof.
    (i) The term, ``Securities,'' shall have the same meaning as 
defined in section 2(36) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 
1940 Act), as amended (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(36)(2001)). For purposes of this 
exemption, mortgage-backed or other asset-backed securities rated by 
one of the Rating Organizations, as defined, below, in Section III(l), 
will be treated as debt securities.
    (j) The term, ``Eligible Rule 144A Offering,'' shall have the same 
meaning as defined in SEC Rule 10f-3(a)(4) (17 CFR 270.10f-3(a)(4)) 
under the 1940 Act).
    (k) The term, ``qualified institutional buyer,'' or the term, 
``QIB,'' shall have the same meaning as defined in SEC Rule 144A (17 
CFR 230.144A(a)(1)) under the 1933 Act.
    (l) The term, ``Rating Organizations,'' means Standard & Poor's 
Rating Services, Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Fitch Ratings, Inc., 
Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited, and Dominion Bond Rating Service, 
Inc., or any successors thereto.
    (m) The term, ``In-House Plan(s),'' means an employee benefit 
plan(s) that is subject to the Act and/or the Code, and that is 
sponsored by the Applicant as defined, above, in Section III(a), or its 
affiliate, as defined in Section III(c), for its own employees.
    For a more complete statement of the facts and representations 
supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to 
the notice of proposed exemption published on December 22, 2009 at 74 
FR 68110.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary H. Lefkowitz of the 
Department, telephone (202) 693-8546. (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 or disqualified 
person from certain other 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) This exemption is supplemental to and not in derogation of, any 
other provisions of the Act and/or the Code, including statutory or 
administrative exemptions and transactional 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
    (3) The availability of this exemption is subject to the express 
condition that the material facts and representations contained in the 
application accurately describes all material terms of the transaction 
which is the subject of the exemption.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 9th day of March 2010.
Ivan Strasfel,
Director of Exemption Determinations, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2010-5535 Filed 3-12-10; 8:45 am]
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