Banks originally created common trust funds as a way to efficiently manage pools of funds held in trust for their customers. Unfortunately, tax rules governing common trust funds never became supple enough to allow sponsoring banks the same flexibility now found in other investment vehicles.
We advise banks on the treatment of income, disposition of interests, termination, acquisition and RIC conversion of a variety of common trust funds.
Although common trust funds have now largely fallen out of favor, many banks continue to face issues related to them, either because they have older funds that are continuing or because they have inherited the funds as part of the acquisition of another banking group. Our clients appreciate the fact that though this legal tax niche is small, we can and do address issues pertaining thereto and are particularly dedicated to serving their needs.
- Chapman has repeatedly advised clients on the treatment on common trust funds in bank acquisitions and consolidations.
- Chapman has advised clients on the conversion of common trust funds to RICs and on the dissolution of common trust funds.