THE FIRM This group is viewed as a leading light in the employee benefits and executive compensation domain, including ERISA matters. This makes it an attractive choice for high-profile clients such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. The firm advises investment groups, banks and companies on new regulations surrounding executive pay, disclosure and corporate governance. Recently the firm's workload has included guidance on high-profile stock-drop cases and multijurisdictional pension plans.
Sources say: "These attorneys are the A-team; we challenge them with complicated investment structures on a daily basis and they handle the work with ease."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brick Susko is considered to be "head and shoulders above the rest." Susko recently obtained a DOL exemption for his client Barclays Global Investors, and he has also advised international companies on benefits and compensation matters relating to M&A. He continues to speak and publish regularly on executive compensation and ERISA.
Clients appreciate Arthur Kohn's "understanding in specialty areas," and also report that "he gives you a high degree of confidence as you work through issues." Kohn counsels an assortment of clients including American Express, McDonald's and Citi on an array of benefits and compensation issues. He also regularly publishes and teaches in this field.
Robert Raymond is described by clients as "a pleasure to deal with - responsive and very knowledgeable on the ERISA rules." Raymond's practice extends to advising on the ERISA implications of company restructuring. In recent work highlights, he has advised private equity firms, including Hellman & Friedman and Goldman Sachs, on the application of ERISA 'Plan Asset' rules.
Michael Albano has lately acted as counsel to the UAW on the ongoing Chapter 11 proceedings of Chrysler and GM, including ERISA issues. He continues to advise various Fortune companies on corporate governance and executive compensation.