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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Widely celebrated employee benefits and executive compensation group that assists private and public companies in connection with executive compensation and benefits, including in relation to high-value M&A. Advises private equity firms and financial institutions with ERISA issues as well as providing ERISA litigation counsel for retirement plans. Clients benefit from its offices in various key locations worldwide.

Strengths One impressed client reports: "Their performance has been very good. They really understand the different ways we can structure executive compensation with our business deals. They are great at looking around corners and seeing how things could go wrong. They are very valued counselors on sensitive matters."

Work highlights Advises GM on all employment law, codetermination and pension issues pertaining to the sales of its Opel/Vauxhall business and the European affiliates of GM Financial to the PSA Group. The aggregate value of the transactions was EUR2.2 billion.

Counseled Surgical Care Affiliates in connection with the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its $2.5 billion merger with OptumCare.

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The "very thoughtful" Arthur Kohn advises employers in connection with complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters including pension compliance and investment issues. Interviewees note his "incredible depth of knowledge and experience" and attest that he is "very good at calmly explaining complex issues and breaking them down."

Michael Albano is an "outstanding attorney" who is known for representing clients in a range of complex benefits and compensation related matters including governance, taxation, compensation agreements and ERISA fiduciary concerns. He recently advised Google in connection with the employee benefits implications of its $1.1 billion business cooperation agreement with HTC, as well as its acquisitions of OwlChemy and Famebit.

Mary Alcock advises clients on a range of benefits and compensation matters such as corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She also provides counsel to financial institutions on ERISA and Department of Labor matters. Market commentators label her "an excellent lawyer."

Robert Raymond advises on employee benefits and executive compensation matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses private investment fund work such as fund formations and investment activities. Commentators consider him to be "a very strong lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP)

For more information about Cleary Gottlieb's Executive Compensation and ERISA practice, please visit https://www.clearygottlieb.com/practice-landing/executive-compensation-and-erisa

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its comprehensive expertise in advising on a wide range of benefits and executive compensation issues within a transactional context, including M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Acts on behalf of high-ranking individuals, financial institutions and boards of directors, while also excelling in matters pertaining to the investment management space. Clients benefit from its experience in appearing before various governmental agencies.

Strengths One impressed client comments: "They are always providing a superior service, they are leading experts in everything they do and in this area in particular. What sets them apart is they are subject matter experts but they also understand the company and the market more broadly."

Another client notes: "The firm has a roster of very smart people who are legal experts and who gain a great deal of experience as a result of the flow of business they see, which gives them a leg up in coming up with solutions."

Work highlights Advised Reckitt Benckiser Group on the executive compensation and employee benefit aspects of its $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Assisted VF Corporation on the executive compensation and employee benefit aspects of the $225 million sale of its Licensed Sports Group business to Fanatics.

Notable practitioners

The hugely respected Edmond FitzGerald leads the firm's executive compensation group and advises clients on complex benefits matters such as equity compensation, performance incentives and deferred compensation. Market commentators label him a "superstar" of the space.

Jean McLoughlin advises clients from the financial sector on a range of benefit and compensation matters including management equity programs, executive contracts and the securities implications. One client comments: "She is very service-oriented and is a well-informed expert on the latest developments in the law and in the market."

Kyoko Takahashi Lin is noted for her representation of clients on executive compensation matters as well as equity-based incentives and severance plans. She regularly advises companies, compensation committees and executives in relation to compensation. Clients emphasize that she is "a leading expert" and is "very knowledgeable about what the regulators are thinking and what the market is doing."

Jeffrey Crandall counsels clients on the full range of benefit and compensation matters arising from M&A transactions, and is also noted for his work with financial institutions and hedge fund clients on ERISA compliance. Sources say that he is "a pleasure to work with."

About the Team (content provided by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP)

For more information about Davis Polk’s practices, please visit www.davispolk.com/practices.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished national practice operating out of various offices across the USA. Widely praised for its deep bench and ability to handle the full scope of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising within a transactional, litigatory, compliance or advisory framework. Has particular strength in single-employer and multiemployer plan compliance and advising on ERISA fiduciary investments in relation to private equity. Also known for its handling of matters connected with the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform.

Strengths Clients attest: "The firm is excellent. The team have heft and support resources are excellent."

Another source comments that the group "has done a wonderful job," adding: "They do cutting-edge work and are at the top of their game."

Work highlights Acted as benefits counsel to S&P Global. The team advised on all benefits matters, including the design and implementation of its 401(k) benefit plan.

Advised the Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors Health Plan in connection with the Plan’s merger with the Screen Actors Guild - Producers Health Plan.

Notable practitioners

Commentators consider the hugely impressive Michael Sirkin to be a "living legend" in the executive compensation space. He is noted for his outstanding representation of clients such as companies, tax-exempt organizations, compensation committees and senior executives in relation to the full range of compensation and severance matters.

Ira Bogner is known as a leading expert on tax and ERISA-related matters. He represents a wide range of clients, including financial services companies and individual executives. One impressed client reports: "Ira is a tremendous talent. He has a great sense of the market and of fairness, so his guidance is highly valuable. He is practical and smart. I always feel safe in his hands."

Andrea Rattner continues to be noted for her broad strength in the compensation and benefits space. She advises clients on the tax, securities and corporate governance aspects of compensation schemes and benefits plans. She recently led the firm's work on behalf of Pacific Exploration & Production in connection with benefits and compensation aspects of its restructuring of $5.5 billion of financial indebtedness and other commercial liabilities.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for A respected private equity and M&A firm that offers a multidisciplinary approach to a wide range of employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements. Primarily acts on behalf of private equity industry clients, compensation committees and public boards of directors. Provides advice in regard to spin-offs and IPOs as well as hirings and separations in relation to senior management. Its impressive client base is composed of both national and multinational corporations.

Work highlights Advised Walgreen’s Boots Alliance in connection with its proposed $17.2 billion acquisition of Rite Aid.

Advised China National Chemical on the compensation and benefits aspects of its $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta.

Notable practitioners

Brian Robbins leads the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits practice. He focuses his practice on representing corporate clients such as boards, compensation committees and executives on a wide range of compensation matters, including as they relate to M&A, reorganizations and spinoffs. Sources call him "a terrific lawyer."

Gregory Grogan is noted for his expertise in executive retention in the context of M&A and private equity buyouts. Clients note: "He is constantly looking one step ahead. He's very adept at advising boards on executive compensation issues, and has been through multiple scenarios so he can navigate complex issues."

David Rubinsky advises employers and executives on severance negotiations and the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A. He is also noted for his handling of such matters in the context of private equity transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP)

Simpson Thacher has a broad range of experience in structuring and negotiating sophisticated management equity, employment and compensation arrangements, and addressing all other aspects of compensation and benefits in acquisitions, divestitures and public offerings.  Simpson Thacher’s ECEB attorneys work with colleagues in the Firm’s leading private equity and mergers & acquisitions practices on some of the largest and most complex matters.
 
The Firm’s partners are renowned for their knowledge in the structuring and implementation of pension plan investments and regularly contribute to public financing transactions undertaken by our equity and debt securities teams. 

The Firm advises public boards and compensation committees on executive and employee benefits matters, in both transactional and non-transactional contexts, including spin-offs, initial public offerings and hirings and separations involving senior management.  

For more, visit www.stblaw.com/client-services/practices/corporate/executive-compensation-and-employee-benefits.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Preeminent group within the employee benefits and executive compensation Bar in New York, providing advice on a broad range of issues including consultation of senior executives in connection with their employment agreements and ERISA-related fiduciary responsibilities, as well as matters arising under Sections 409A, 280G and 162(m). Maintains its reputation as a go-to M&A shop and is routinely sought out by a variety of clients such as private and public companies, financial services institutions, boards of directors and executives. Also provides advice to clients in regard to international employment matters in international transactions and global equity settings.

Strengths One impressed client reports that the team did "a very nice job." The interviewee notes: "They were very happy to help us and were always available and very responsive."

Work highlights Represented DuPont on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of the $1.6 billion sale of part of its crop protection business to FMC Corporation.

Advised Becton Dickinson in connection with the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard.

Notable practitioners

The hugely respected Regina Olshan serves as the global head of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. She advises clients such as blue-chip companies, boards and management on all aspects of benefits and compensation law, including tax and securities matters, severance disputes, and the compensation implications of corporate transactions. One interviewee attests: "She's unbelievable. I don't think there's anybody better on the employment side of the equation. She understands the deal side and the tax side, and she has the business acumen and negotiating ability to advise me and help me make decisions."

The "outstanding" Neil Leff focuses his practice on advising a wide range of clients on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. His clients include major multinationals and financial institutions.

Erica Schohn is recommended for her expertise in the tax, corporate governance and securities implications of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She recently represented Janus Capital Group in its merger of equals with Henderson Group.

About the Team (content provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates)

The Executive Compensation and Benefits practice at Skadden advises public and private companies, management, boards of directors and executives on a full range of matters relating to employee compensation plans and arrangements, including issues arising in the areas of the transactional, tax, securities, bankruptcy, corporate governance and ERISA claims.

Our practice members repeatedly have been recognized as “leading lawyers” in the executive compensation and employee benefits fields by, among others, Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500: U.S. We also recently received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence for “Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Team of the Year.” Our practice members regularly publish articles and client memoranda on important developments in the area and are called on to provide insights to the press and at numerous high-profile conferences and meetings. In addition, our practice includes the authors and editors of The Section 409A Handbook — the leading treatise on Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which governs the treatment of deferred compensation — as well as the chairperson of the PLI Hot Issues in Executive Compensation Conference.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in assisting various clients, including executives, compensation committees and companies, on executive compensation matters arising in connection with corporate issues such as M&A, bankruptcies and joint ventures. Also has experience in advising on employee benefit plans, ERISA and IRC fiduciary responsibilities, and executive compensation issues related to Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Protection Act. Known for its regular involvement in major transactions. Also advises in connection with executive hires and separations.

Strengths One impressed client notes: "I think they are absolutely top notch. Their expertise in senior management is very rare and unusual."

Another source comments: "I have a very positive overall impression of the firm." The interviewee adds: "They are obviously very smart, but they are also collegial team players and they are highly responsive."

Work highlights Represented the management team of Affinity Gaming in connection with its definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Z Capital Partners in a transaction valuing Affinity at $580 million.

Acted on behalf of Ralph Lauren in regard to the hire of Patrice Louvet as president and chief executive officer.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Marc Trevino serves as managing partner of the firm's executive compensation group. He focuses his practice on advising senior executives and boards in relation to the securities, tax and corporate governance aspects of compensation matters, and is particularly noted for his work with clients in the financial services sector. One impressed client notes: "He is able to see the bigger picture and weigh the technical compliance and governance aspects of executive compensation with the strategic business considerations of the client."

Matthew Friestedt heads the firm's executive compensation M&A practice. He offers a recognized track record of advising on the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions, recently representing Ares Management in connection with its managed funds' $1.45 billion strategic partnership with DuPage Medical Group.

About the Team (content provided by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP)

To learn about our practice, please visit www.sullcrom.com/practices-and-capabilities.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for representing management of private and public corporations in employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising within a transactional and nontransactional framework. Particularly well known for its experience in significant M&A deals. Among the matters handled are executive compensation programs, board structuring and executive succession.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Jeannemarie O'Brien focuses her practice on advising clients within the financial services sector on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of major corporate transactions. She also provides counsel to companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Michael Segal handles compensation and benefits in relation to complex and high-value M&A deals involving public and private companies. He routinely represents blue-chip companies, senior executives and boards of directors. Market commentators note that he is "truly one of the top executive compensation people" of the New York Bar.

Andrea Wahlquist draws on her extensive experience to advise on the full range of compensation and benefits matters. She is particularly noted for her work with target companies in relation to strategic mergers and with private equity firms in connection with the acquisition, disposition and management of portfolio companies.

Adam Shapiro is a "rising star" of the space who is particularly noted for his work on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of M&A transactions, as well as handling corporate governance matters and executive employment arrangements. Sources name him "a very talented" and "super sharp" practitioner.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Offers robust assistance on employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising at the junction of ERISA, tax, securities and corporate governance law. Advises on a number of issues including ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, compensation and benefit plans design and legal compliance. Regularly advises boards of directors, senior management and companies. Also noted for its work with nonprofit organizations.

Work highlights Advised Sawai Pharmaceutical, a Japanese generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, on the employment and benefits aspects of its $1.05 billion acquisition of the generic pharmaceutical business of Upsher-Smith Laboratories.

Represented the management of Hargray Communications in connection with the acquisition of Hargray by The Pritzker Organization. Among other matters, the team negotiated the terms of their clients' continuing employment with the buyer, including long-term equity and incentive opportunities.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Cagney chairs the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group. He advises public and private companies in connection with all matters relating to their executive compensation packages, and is also noted for his expertise in matters pertaining to the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA. Sources consider him to be "a world-class executive compensation expert" and note that he is "an amazing listener and is incredibly thoughtful."

Jonathan Lewis offers a broad practice with a focus on the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A in the private equity, healthcare and insurance sectors. Sources name him "an outstanding lawyer."

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky regularly advises on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions, while also advising on the compensation aspects of corporate governance and securities regulation. One impressed client notes: "She was terrific at answering our questions, but also in raising issues that we were unfamiliar with."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected group, concentrating its practice on providing advice on employee benefits and management compensation matters arising within the context of M&A. Sought after for its experience handling a wide array of matters including ERISA issues, deferred and equity-based compensations, as well as fiduciary issues arising in connection with such compensations under Sections 162(m), 409A and 457A. Works closely alongside the firm's litigation team to provide first-rate representation in ERISA disputes, including claims of breach of fiduciary duty.

Strengths One impressed client reports: "They are exceptional - really terrific."

Work highlights Represented Qualcomm in relation to the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion.

Advised Kate Spade & Company in connection with its $2.4 billion acquisition by Coach.

Notable practitioners

Robert Fleder chairs the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation group and is particularly noted for his handling of matters pertaining to complex M&A transactions. He also advises investment managers on ERISA fiduciary responsibility. "He is hands-down the best there is in his field of expertise," remarks one admiring commentator.

Andrew Gaines advises employers on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including in connection with M&A, restructuring and private equity matters. Clients consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable and extremely practical."

The "super smart" Lawrence Witdorchic continues to advise on the compensation aspects of hugely impressive corporate transactions, including Qualcomm's pending $47 billion acquisition of the Holland-based NXP Semiconductors. One grateful client reports that Witdorchic is an "outstanding lawyer who provides excellent service to our company."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Provides assistance to national and global companies in designing and applying various executive compensation arrangements, incentive programs and golden parachute plans in connection with M&A transactions. Advises on the compliance of various benefits and compensation arrangements with ERISA, securities and tax law and accounting issues. Also advises CEOs and other senior executives in connection with their employment and severance agreements.

Strengths One impressed client notes: "I was impressed by the energy and the stamina with which the Cravath team handled our issues, and how quickly they turned around work products."

Another client notes the team's "great mix of business and legal understanding and capabilities," concluding: "I would work with Cravath, Swaine & Moore again anytime."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in connection with employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its $13.3 billion sale to Marriott International.

Provided employee benefits and executive compensation advice in connection with IBM's acquisition of Agile 3 Solutions and Promontory Financial Group.

Notable practitioners

Jennifer Conway handles a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from an M&A context. She also regularly represents clients on the design and implementation of equity compensation, retention programs, employment contracts and separation agreements. One impressed client notes: "She was exceptionally committed and had a great capability to grasp complex terms and plans."

Eric Hilfers chairs the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice. He is highly regarded for his handling of compensation and benefits matters surrounding high-value M&A and other corporate transactions. Clients highlight his "comprehensive understanding of the business and legal challenges and opportunities" and his "expansive knowledge" of the field.

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To learn about the Firm's practices, please visit https://www.cravath.com/practices.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Regularly consulted by public and private companies on the basis of its expertise in handling a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising within the context of M&A. Regularly provides counsel to clients on matters such as employment agreements, deferred compensation, equity-based compensation plans and retirement plans. Also well known for assisting private equity and hedge fund clients with their fiduciary responsibilities and compliance with ERISA.

Strengths A client states: "I have always held them in high regard and they have always provided us with good service. They are very well versed in the matters we use them for, they have very deep experience and are very responsive to us."

Work highlights Advised CVC Growth Fund in connection with the executive compensation aspects of its definitive agreement with Actua to acquire the latter's interests in VelocityEHS and Bolt Solutions for $328 million.

Advised AEA Investors and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on all compensation-related matters relating to the $3.25 billion sale of Dematic to KION Group.

Notable practitioners

Donald Carleen is known for advising companies, boards and senior executives regarding the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from M&A transactions. One client reports: "I've been impressed with him. He's always very helpful, and accessible too."

Jeffrey Ross heads the firm’s executive compensation and ERISA department and is highly rated for his handling of the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions, including tax-qualified, nonqualified and equity-based compensation arrangements. Clients note: “He is a very knowledgeable practitioner and gives great advice in a very efficient manner."

About the Team (content provided by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP)

Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits: 
The practice offers counsel on the structuring and implementation of a range of compensation and benefit plans and programs for privately and publicly held corporations, their boards of directors and compensation committees, investment banking firms, leveraged buyout and other investment partnerships, investment managers and senior executives. 

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Provides solid assistance on a number of employee benefits and executive compensation issues, with particular prowess in governance and regulatory matters, cash and stock-based incentives, employee and management compensation and pensions. Regularly advises boards of directors, companies and private equity firms regarding compensation and benefits matters arising from high-value M&A.

Strengths One client states: "Latham has not just provided 'cookie-cutter' advice or universal forms but has been very willing to learn about our needs in a quick and efficient manner to deliver advice and help with agreements and policies that meet our unique needs."

Another impressed client comments: "One thing you always look for is good strategic advice. They really provide this, and they help us through complex issues; they guide us and give us solutions to problems. We are extremely pleased with their service."

Work highlights Represented Ares Capital on its reverse merger with American Capital. The team provided counsel on all employee benefit and executive compensation matters surrounding the deal, including analyzing employment agreements and negotiating the employee benefits provisions of the merger.

Advised private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners in connection with several notable transactions, including the acquisition of CPA Global, a provider of legal and IP services. Work handled included the negotiation and drafting of purchase agreement provisions related to employees, and the analyzing of target company compensation and benefit plan issues and deferred compensation issues.

Notable practitioners

Bradd Williamson is the global cochair of the firm's benefits and compensation practice. He routinely advises private equity funds and public companies in connection with incentive-based compensation arrangements. One impressed client attests: "Bradd Williamson has been fantastic - bringing not only expertise in compensation matters, but also practical advice. He has also been able to quickly understand the unique issues facing our company and has been able to tailor his advice to suit our needs."

The "talented" Jed Brickner is known for his employee benefits and executive compensation practice. His recent work includes handling the benefits aspects of public and private offerings of debt and bank financings. Brickner is chair of the firm's Finance Committee.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Advises on a wide array of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans, health and welfare benefits, ERISA Title IV, and benefits and compensation issues arising out of financial transactions. Has sector-specific experience pertaining to the pharmaceutical, technology, hospitality and energy industries, among others, with clients including major multinationals, midsized companies, startups and tax-exempt organizations.

Strengths One impressed client describes the team's performance as "outstanding," noting: "They do great work. They are meticulous and they are very prompt in getting back to us. They are impressive in handling work across the board."

Work highlights Represented Union Pacific before the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in a Railroad Retirement Tax Act refund suit.

Advised Ares Management in connection with the acquisition, by a fund managed by its private equity group, of Deva Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Gary Rothstein focuses his practice on the representation of employers, financial institutions and boards regarding compensation arrangements regarding senior executives, often advising on matters within the context of M&A and private equity deals. Clients note that he has a “deep knowledge and expertise” in this area of the law, and that he is “in tune with negotiation dynamics and understands the need to balance advocacy and relationship management.”

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

Morgan Lewis provides a full range of services in connection with the development, maintenance, and compliance of employee benefits plans (retirement and health and welfare plans) and executive compensation plans and programs (nonqualified, deferred compensation, and equity compensation plans and programs). Our services include providing compliance advice regarding governing laws and regulations; advising with regard to fiduciary obligations and responsibilities; counseling on investment of plan assets; assisting with plan design and funding strategies; preparing plan documents, amendments, summary plan descriptions (SPDs), and participant communications; assisting with the management and operation of plans (including internal audits); negotiating third-party vendor agreements on behalf of our plan clients; and providing assistance with benefits and compensation matters that arise during mergers and acquisitions and other types of transactions. With approximately 75 lawyers and other professionals, Morgan Lewis’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice is one of the largest in the nation.

Market Recognition:
•    Ranked in Band 1 for “Nationwide: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation” in Chambers USA from 2010 to 2017
•    Fourteen employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers recognized as leaders in their field by Chambers 2017
•    Ranked in Tier 1 for Employee Health and Retirement Plans by The Legal 500 US (2014-2017)

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Formidable employee benefits and executive compensation group concentrating its practice on financial services, fashion and retail, media and entertainment and technology. Advises on an array of matters including M&A benefits and compensation matters, deferred compensation, retirement plan formation and implementation, and ERISA issues. Also advises compensation committees and boards of directors in connection with governance processes surrounding compensation matters.

Strengths One client attests that the team provides "just incredible commitment to their clients. I have never had to push them to get anything done. If anything, they pushed me to keep up with them."

Work highlights Represented WebMD Health in connection with its $2.8 billion merger with Internet Brands, a KKR portfolio company.

Represented the management of USI Insurance Services in connection with the company's purchase by KKR and CDPQ. The team advised on the negotiation of compensation arrangements with the acquiring companies.

Notable practitioners

Linda Rappaport has had a long and distinguished career in the executive compensation and employee benefits space, and continues to offer clients the benefits of her immense experience in the area. She is particularly noted for her strength advising those in the financial services and entertainment industries on the design and implementation of executive incentive programs.

John Cannon advises on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including the securities, bankruptcy, tax and ERISA aspects of compensation arrangements and benefits plans. Sources attest that he offers "an extensive knowledge of compensation and benefit issues."

The "highly regarded" Doreen Lilienfeld leads the firm's compensation, governance and ERISA group and is well respected for her expertise in executive compensation and corporate governance matters. She advises high-profile clients on the design and implementation of retention and compensation plans, regulatory compliance and senior executive employment arrangements.

Ken Laverriere is noted for his handling of a wide range of benefits and compensation matters, advising on the benefits implications of corporate transactions and bankruptcies, as well as assisting individuals in the negotiation of their own compensation arrangements. One grateful client reports: "He showed exactly the right balance of negotiating hard on my behalf, while not tipping over to a point where I would be perceived as aggressive by my new board."

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its handling of a wide spectrum of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including those in connection with M&A, equity-based compensation plans, welfare and retirement plans. Acts on behalf of an enviable roster of clients featuring companies, senior management, compensation committees and boards of directors. Offers significant experience of acting for clients to seek relief and guidance from the DOL, achieving a number of notable ERISA exemptions and interpretations.

Strengths A client reports: "I only have great things to say. I have found the firm to be punctual and thoughtful." The interviewee concludes: "The firm is super responsive and helpful."

Work highlights Represented the compensation committee of The Howard Hughes Corporation in connection with the negotiation of a new CEO employment agreement.

Advised the Loan Syndications & Trading Association regarding the application of the new fiduciary rule to loan syndications, and advised on the development of industry-standard language for its Model Credit Agreement Provisions relating to the rule.

Notable practitioners

James Frazier leads the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice and has a particular focus on advising clients on ERISA's fiduciary rules and prohibited transaction provisions. He also regularly counsels financial services firms on the structuring of investment products offered to benefits plans. Clients consider him to be "incredibly knowledgeable" and "very thoughtful," and note: "He understands our business incredibly well and provides a lot of value."

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Our Executive Compensation, Benefits & ERISA team is comprised of advisors at the forefront of this multidisciplinary practice—helping clients navigate the complexity of managing relationships with employees and employee benefit plans. Integrated with Cadwalader’s premier Corporate, Financial Regulation and Tax practices, our team works directly with our colleagues to provide practical, insightful and strategic guidance to public and private companies, tax-exempt entities, boards, investors, financial services firms and individuals both in the context of extraordinary corporate events and day-to-day operations.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Provides advice on a range of issues concerning the design, enforcement, compliance and litigation of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Particularly sought after for its experience in handling disclosure issues in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act, ERISA and healthcare legislation, while also advising on the benefits and compensation implications of high-value M&A. Ably represents large corporations and financial institutions, among other clients.

Work highlights Continued to provide The Estée Lauder Companies with a broad range of employee benefits advice. Recent work includes advice on complex defined benefit pension plan and 401(k) plan compliance matters, as well as the drafting of plan amendments and restatements.

Assisted General Reinsurance Corporation, and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, in connection with employee benefits matters, ESOP qualification and compliance rules, and related discussions with the IRS.

Notable practitioners

Susan Serota is widely considered to be a "superstar" of the New York benefits and compensation space, and heads up the Pillsbury offering. She draws on her extensive experience in senior executive compensation, ERISA fidicuiary compliance and cross-border matters to advise a broad range of high-profile clients. Peers have a deep admiration for her and note that "she knows fiduciary rules like there is no tomorrow."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for A diverse practice that provides advice to corporate clients, nonprofits, educational institutions and fiduciaries. Handles a broad range of compensation and benefits matters including ERISA class actions, withdrawal liability arbitrations and stock options.

Strengths One client states: "Schulte Roth is a top-flight law firm with savvy and aggressive litigators who deliver results."

Another client highlights: "The firm is outstanding. They are fully knowledgeable and experienced in the field."

Work highlights Represented the National Retirement Fund, one of the nation's largest multiemployer pension plans, in a series of withdrawal liability disputes stemming from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company.

Acted on behalf of the Newspaper and Mail-Deliverers'-Publishers' Pension Fund in a $26 million withdrawal liability dispute against the New York Times.

Notable practitioners

David Cohen focuses his practice on ERISA fiduciary matters and benefit fund-related matters. Peers acknowledge him as "an ERISA expert," while clients consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable and experienced."

Ian Levin is recognized for his handling of the employee benefits aspects of M&A and for his advice on issues stemming from the investment of pension plan assets. Clients are quick to note: "He provides so much more than abstract legal advice or technical comments on documents. He has a strong grasp of the market practice that he has used to efficiently steer us to good outcomes."

Ronald Richman serves as co-head of the firm's employment and employee benefits group. He focuses his practice on litigation, defending employee benefit plans, fiduciaries and employers in individual and class actions. Clients note: "He is a very knowledgeable, experienced attorney in the world of ERISA."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Respected for handling all employee benefits and executive compensation matters including health and welfare arrangements, defined contribution and benefit plans, fiduciary responsibility issues, executive remuneration and multiemployer plans. Has significant experience in acting on behalf of notable employers and advising on the benefits facets of corporate deals. Particularly noted for its representation of health systems, while also recognized for its work with financial institutions and law firms.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "extremely attentive and easy to reach. They always get back to us in a timely manner, and the advice is on point and valuable."

Another interviewee considers the team to be "very competent and well informed on current topics," and adds: "Their advice in this area has been consistently timely, accurate and actionable for plan enhancements and other changes."

Work highlights Provided day-to-day advice to the plan administrator and trustees of NY Backstretch Employees Pension Trust on the pension and 401(k) plans covering Backstretch employees in the New York horseracing industry.

Advised University Hospitals Health System on a range of day-to-day benefits issues and provided counsel on retirement and executive compensation arrangements.

Notable practitioners

Howard Pianko is noted for his handling of domestic as well as cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation matters, and for his performance as special independent counsel in high-profile significant ERISA matters. Interviewees name him "a tremendous ERISA lawyer."

Randell Montellaro handles a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including qualified and nonqualified plans as well as welfare plans. He also provides law firms, health systems and nonprofit organizations with day-to-day counseling on the design and implementation of benefit plans. One client notes that he has "always provided a high level of service and professionalism" and adds that he is "very knowledgeable on ERISA and how it impacts our plans."

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Seyfarth Shaw has one of the largest and most experienced Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Departments in the country, with more than 50 of our attorneys nationwide specializing in this area of law. Our attorneys share a commitment to excellence and efficiency in a team-oriented setting and bring to the team complementary backgrounds that enable our practice to serve all the benefit and compensation needs of any organization. Several of our attorneys worked as in-house employee benefits counsel for major corporations and many of our attorneys have advanced training and education in fields related to employee benefits, including accounting and taxation, and others currently teach in advanced legal programs. 

Consistent with the Seyfarth heritage, the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department is relationship driven, with a focus on supporting our clients' ongoing legal needs with respect to the establishment, maintenance and even termination of their retirement, health and welfare, and executive compensation plans and programs.

Seyfarth’s New York employee benefits practice is a critical component to Seyfarth’s national Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice. To learn more about our capabilities, visit www.seyfarth.com/EmployeeBenefits.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for A practice that handles the full spectrum of employee benefits and managerial compensation matters for a variety of clients, including financial institutions, boards of directors and private equity sponsors. Advises on various issues such as nonqualified pension plans and incentive compensation arrangements, especially when arising within a transactional framework, such as strategic acquisitions and IPOs. Also adept at providing advice and support to clients on ERISA.

Strengths One impressed client notes: "I am very satisfied with the level of service and commitment from the Weil team. The level of communication on a regular and meaningful basis is outstanding."

Work highlights Advised the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American in connection with the benefits and compensation implications of the company's $60.6 billion sale to BAT.

Represented inVentiv Health in relation to the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its $4.6 billion merger of equals with INC Research Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Paul Wessel leads the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. He has extensive experience handling matters for public and private companies as well as boards of directors and management. He frequently counsels clients on benefit and compensation matters arising from corporate transactions. Clients consider him to be "a very thorough and very strong attorney" and report: "It is a pleasure to work with him."

Amy Rubin handles a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters on behalf of public and private companies, as well as boards of directors and compensation committees. Her areas of expertise include the negotiation and implementation of executive employment agreements and severance arrangements.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for A broad-ranging benefits and compensation practice, advising boards of directors and compensation committees on day-to-day matters as well as major corporate transactions. Also advises asset managers, investment banks and plan sponsors in connection with ERISA obligations.

Work highlights Advised Citi in connection with its submission with the DOL for an individual Qualified Professional Asset Manager exemption to allow it to continue to provide investment management services to retirement investors.

Counseled Credit Suisse Securities on the ERISA compliance initiatives for its major business lines, including investment banking, asset management and wealth management. The team also advised the bank on its compliance with the DOL's fiduciary rules.

Notable practitioners

Peter Haller focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters relating to ERISA and fiduciary rules. He also advises clients on plan asset issues, compliance with prohibited transaction rules and other issues arising from transactions. One client notes: "Peter Haller has been terrific. His work is timely and thoughtful. He has a wealth of experience to draw upon and I rarely feel that he is hearing an issue for the first time."

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Senior Statesperson

Linda E Rappaport

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Rappaport has had a long and distinguished career in the executive compensation and employee benefits space, and continues to offer clients the benefits of her immense experience in the area. She is particularly noted for her strength advising those in the financial services and entertainment industries on the design and implementation of executive incentive programs.

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Star Individuals

Edmond FitzGerald

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The hugely respected Edmond FitzGerald leads the firm's executive compensation group and advises clients on complex benefits matters such as equity compensation, performance incentives and deferred compensation. Market commentators label him a "superstar" of the space.

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Star Individuals

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very thoughtful" Arthur Kohn advises employers in connection with complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters including pension compliance and investment issues. Interviewees note his "incredible depth of knowledge and experience" and attest that he is "very good at calmly explaining complex issues and breaking them down."

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Star Individuals

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Serota is widely considered to be a "superstar" of the New York benefits and compensation space, and heads up the Pillsbury offering. She draws on her extensive experience in senior executive compensation, ERISA fidicuiary compliance and cross-border matters to advise a broad range of high-profile clients. Peers have a deep admiration for her and note that "she knows fiduciary rules like there is no tomorrow."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators consider the hugely impressive Michael Sirkin to be a "living legend" in the executive compensation space. He is noted for his outstanding representation of clients such as companies, tax-exempt organizations, compensation committees and senior executives in relation to the full range of compensation and severance matters.

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Lawrence K Cagney

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Cagney chairs the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group. He advises public and private companies in connection with all matters relating to their executive compensation packages, and is also noted for his expertise in matters pertaining to the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA. Sources consider him to be "a world-class executive compensation expert" and note that he is "an amazing listener and is incredibly thoughtful."

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Band 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Fleder chairs the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation group and is particularly noted for his handling of matters pertaining to complex M&A transactions. He also advises investment managers on ERISA fiduciary responsibility. "He is hands-down the best there is in his field of expertise," remarks one admiring commentator.

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Band 1

Jeannemarie O'Brien

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Jeannemarie O'Brien focuses her practice on advising clients within the financial services sector on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of major corporate transactions. She also provides counsel to companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and regulatory matters.

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Band 1

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

The hugely respected Regina Olshan serves as the global head of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. She advises clients such as blue-chip companies, boards and management on all aspects of benefits and compensation law, including tax and securities matters, severance disputes, and the compensation implications of corporate transactions. One interviewee attests: "She's unbelievable. I don't think there's anybody better on the employment side of the equation. She understands the deal side and the tax side, and she has the business acumen and negotiating ability to advise me and help me make decisions."

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Band 1

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Oringer cochairs Dechert LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation team. He is well regarded for his extensive experience handling high-profile and complex ERISA and executive compensation matters. One market commentator praises him as "a first-class ERISA lawyer."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Pianko is noted for his handling of domestic as well as cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation matters, and for his performance as special independent counsel in high-profile significant ERISA matters. Interviewees name him "a tremendous ERISA lawyer."

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Band 1

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Robbins leads the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits practice. He focuses his practice on representing corporate clients such as boards, compensation committees and executives on a wide range of compensation matters, including as they relate to M&A, reorganizations and spinoffs. Sources call him "a terrific lawyer."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Segal handles compensation and benefits in relation to complex and high-value M&A deals involving public and private companies. He routinely represents blue-chip companies, senior executives and boards of directors. Market commentators note that he is "truly one of the top executive compensation people" of the New York Bar.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Marc Trevino serves as managing partner of the firm's executive compensation group. He focuses his practice on advising senior executives and boards in relation to the securities, tax and corporate governance aspects of compensation matters, and is particularly noted for his work with clients in the financial services sector. One impressed client notes: "He is able to see the bigger picture and weigh the technical compliance and governance aspects of executive compensation with the strategic business considerations of the client."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Bogner is known as a leading expert on tax and ERISA-related matters. He represents a wide range of clients, including financial services companies and individual executives. One impressed client reports: "Ira is a tremendous talent. He has a great sense of the market and of fairness, so his guidance is highly valuable. He is practical and smart. I always feel safe in his hands."

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Band 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Cannon advises on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including the securities, bankruptcy, tax and ERISA aspects of compensation arrangements and benefits plans. Sources attest that he offers "an extensive knowledge of compensation and benefit issues."

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Band 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Carleen is known for advising companies, boards and senior executives regarding the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from M&A transactions. One client reports: "I've been impressed with him. He's always very helpful, and accessible too."

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Band 2

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Cohen focuses his practice on ERISA fiduciary matters and benefit fund-related matters. Peers acknowledge him as "an ERISA expert," while clients consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable and experienced."

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Matthew M Friestedt

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Friestedt heads the firm's executive compensation M&A practice. He offers a recognized track record of advising on the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions, recently representing Ares Management in connection with its managed funds' $1.45 billion strategic partnership with DuPage Medical Group.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Gaines advises employers on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including in connection with M&A, restructuring and private equity matters. Clients consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable and extremely practical."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Grogan is noted for his expertise in executive retention in the context of M&A and private equity buyouts. Clients note: "He is constantly looking one step ahead. He's very adept at advising boards on executive compensation issues, and has been through multiple scenarios so he can navigate complex issues."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Neil Leff focuses his practice on advising a wide range of clients on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. His clients include major multinationals and financial institutions.

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Band 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Lewis offers a broad practice with a focus on the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A in the private equity, healthcare and insurance sectors. Sources name him "an outstanding lawyer."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jean McLoughlin advises clients from the financial sector on a range of benefit and compensation matters including management equity programs, executive contracts and the securities implications. One client comments: "She is very service-oriented and is a well-informed expert on the latest developments in the law and in the market."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Price of Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, notably in the context of corporate transactions and private equity buyouts. He is also noted for his representation of senior executives and management in the negotiation of employment contracts. Admiring interviewees label him "a rock star" of the space.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Rabitz recently joined Dechert LLP. He focuses his practice on fiduciary issues, prohibited transactions and securities and ERISA law compliance. Sources say: "Steve Rabitz is a standout in the ERISA investment space. His product and market knowledge is second to none."

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Band 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Ross heads the firm’s executive compensation and ERISA department and is highly rated for his handling of the executive compensation aspects of major corporate transactions, including tax-qualified, nonqualified and equity-based compensation arrangements. Clients note: “He is a very knowledgeable practitioner and gives great advice in a very efficient manner."

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Band 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Rothstein focuses his practice on the representation of employers, financial institutions and boards regarding compensation arrangements regarding senior executives, often advising on matters within the context of M&A and private equity deals. Clients note that he has a “deep knowledge and expertise” in this area of the law, and that he is “in tune with negotiation dynamics and understands the need to balance advocacy and relationship management.”

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Band 2

Andrea K Wahlquist

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Wahlquist draws on her extensive experience to advise on the full range of compensation and benefits matters. She is particularly noted for her work with target companies in relation to strategic mergers and with private equity firms in connection with the acquisition, disposition and management of portfolio companies.

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Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Albano is an "outstanding attorney" who is known for representing clients in a range of complex benefits and compensation related matters including governance, taxation, compensation agreements and ERISA fiduciary concerns. He recently advised Google in connection with the employee benefits implications of its $1.1 billion business cooperation agreement with HTC, as well as its acquisitions of OwlChemy and Famebit.

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Band 3

Jennifer S Conway

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Conway handles a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from an M&A context. She also regularly represents clients on the design and implementation of equity compensation, retention programs, employment contracts and separation agreements. One impressed client notes: "She was exceptionally committed and had a great capability to grasp complex terms and plans."

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Band 3

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Frazier leads the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice and has a particular focus on advising clients on ERISA's fiduciary rules and prohibited transaction provisions. He also regularly counsels financial services firms on the structuring of investment products offered to benefits plans. Clients consider him to be "incredibly knowledgeable" and "very thoughtful," and note: "He understands our business incredibly well and provides a lot of value."

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Band 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Hilfers chairs the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice. He is highly regarded for his handling of compensation and benefits matters surrounding high-value M&A and other corporate transactions. Clients highlight his "comprehensive understanding of the business and legal challenges and opportunities" and his "expansive knowledge" of the field.

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Band 3

Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Katzke of Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP is highly regarded for his counseling of senior executives, boards of directors and compensation committees on a broad range of executive compensation matters arising from corporate transactions. He also has significant experience representing private equity funds and senior management in private transactions. Market sources consider him to be "really great to work with."

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Band 3

Doreen Lilienfeld

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "highly regarded" Doreen Lilienfeld leads the firm's compensation, governance and ERISA group and is well respected for her expertise in executive compensation and corporate governance matters. She advises high-profile clients on the design and implementation of retention and compensation plans, regulatory compliance and senior executive employment arrangements.

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Band 3

Kyoko Takahashi Lin

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kyoko Takahashi Lin is noted for her representation of clients on executive compensation matters as well as equity-based incentives and severance plans. She regularly advises companies, compensation committees and executives in relation to compensation. Clients emphasize that she is "a leading expert" and is "very knowledgeable about what the regulators are thinking and what the market is doing."

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Henry Morgenbesser

Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Morgenbesser of Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP advises clients on a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation issues, including employment and severance agreements, noncompete issues and incentive compensation plans.

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Band 3

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Raskin is chair of King & Spalding LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation team. He concentrates his practice on counseling major corporations and individual clients in relation to ERISA matters and the benefits and compensation aspects of corporate transactions.

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Band 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Wessel leads the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. He has extensive experience handling matters for public and private companies as well as boards of directors and management. He frequently counsels clients on benefit and compensation matters arising from corporate transactions. Clients consider him to be "a very thorough and very strong attorney" and report: "It is a pleasure to work with him."

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Bradd L Williamson

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradd Williamson is the global cochair of the firm's benefits and compensation practice. He routinely advises private equity funds and public companies in connection with incentive-based compensation arrangements. One impressed client attests: "Bradd Williamson has been fantastic - bringing not only expertise in compensation matters, but also practical advice. He has also been able to quickly understand the unique issues facing our company and has been able to tailor his advice to suit our needs."

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Band 3

Lawrence Witdorchic

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "super smart" Lawrence Witdorchic continues to advise on the compensation aspects of hugely impressive corporate transactions, including Qualcomm's pending $47 billion acquisition of the Holland-based NXP Semiconductors. One grateful client reports that Witdorchic is an "outstanding lawyer who provides excellent service to our company."

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Adler chairs Clifford Chance US LLP's Americas executive compensation and employee benefits group. He has extensive experience handling benefits and compensation that arise from M&A transactions, as well as advising management and boards of directors on fiduciary matters and compliance. Clients praise his work, with one interviewee noting: "He has always performed above and beyond for me."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Alcock advises clients on a range of benefits and compensation matters such as corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She also provides counsel to financial institutions on ERISA and Department of Labor matters. Market commentators label her "an excellent lawyer."

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Band 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "talented" Jed Brickner is known for his employee benefits and executive compensation practice. His recent work includes handling the benefits aspects of public and private offerings of debt and bank financings. Brickner is chair of the firm's Finance Committee.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Crandall counsels clients on the full range of benefit and compensation matters arising from M&A transactions, and is also noted for his work with financial institutions and hedge fund clients on ERISA compliance. Sources say that he is "a pleasure to work with."

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Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Goldstein of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates focuses his practice on the representation of compensation committees and senior management teams with regard to complex executive compensation and corporate governance issues arising from M&A transactions.

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Band 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Haller focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters relating to ERISA and fiduciary rules. He also advises clients on plan asset issues, compliance with prohibited transaction rules and other issues arising from transactions. One client notes: "Peter Haller has been terrific. His work is timely and thoughtful. He has a wealth of experience to draw upon and I rarely feel that he is hearing an issue for the first time."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Laverriere is noted for his handling of a wide range of benefits and compensation matters, advising on the benefits implications of corporate transactions and bankruptcies, as well as assisting individuals in the negotiation of their own compensation arrangements. One grateful client reports: "He showed exactly the right balance of negotiating hard on my behalf, while not tipping over to a point where I would be perceived as aggressive by my new board."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ian Levin is recognized for his handling of the employee benefits aspects of M&A and for his advice on issues stemming from the investment of pension plan assets. Clients are quick to note: "He provides so much more than abstract legal advice or technical comments on documents. He has a strong grasp of the market practice that he has used to efficiently steer us to good outcomes."

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Randell Montellaro

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randell Montellaro handles a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including qualified and nonqualified plans as well as welfare plans. He also provides law firms, health systems and nonprofit organizations with day-to-day counseling on the design and implementation of benefit plans. One client notes that he has "always provided a high level of service and professionalism" and adds that he is "very knowledgeable on ERISA and how it impacts our plans."

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Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky regularly advises on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions, while also advising on the compensation aspects of corporate governance and securities regulation. One impressed client notes: "She was terrific at answering our questions, but also in raising issues that we were unfamiliar with."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Rattner continues to be noted for her broad strength in the compensation and benefits space. She advises clients on the tax, securities and corporate governance aspects of compensation schemes and benefits plans. She recently led the firm's work on behalf of Pacific Exploration & Production in connection with benefits and compensation aspects of its restructuring of $5.5 billion of financial indebtedness and other commercial liabilities.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Raymond advises on employee benefits and executive compensation matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses private investment fund work such as fund formations and investment activities. Commentators consider him to be "a very strong lawyer."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Richman serves as co-head of the firm's employment and employee benefits group. He focuses his practice on litigation, defending employee benefit plans, fiduciaries and employers in individual and class actions. Clients note: "He is a very knowledgeable, experienced attorney in the world of ERISA."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Rubin handles a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters on behalf of public and private companies, as well as boards of directors and compensation committees. Her areas of expertise include the negotiation and implementation of executive employment agreements and severance arrangements.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Rubinsky advises employers and executives on severance negotiations and the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A. He is also noted for his handling of such matters in the context of private equity transactions.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Erica Schohn is recommended for her expertise in the tax, corporate governance and securities implications of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She recently represented Janus Capital Group in its merger of equals with Henderson Group.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Manan Shah of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP advises compensation committees and boards of directors in relation to corporate governance matters and executive compensation issues. He also provides advice to clients on tax regulations, disclosure requirements and severance agreements for senior executives. One client notes: "Manan Shah is an excellent executive compensation attorney who knows our company well and provides insightful and comprehensive advice to help us achieve our business goals while remaining compliant with applicable regulations."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Shapiro is a "rising star" of the space who is particularly noted for his work on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of M&A transactions, as well as handling corporate governance matters and executive employment arrangements. Sources name him "a very talented" and "super sharp" practitioner.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martha Steinman is cochair of Hogan Lovells US LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation group. She represents boards of directors, compensation committees and senior management in relation to employee benefits and welfare plans often arising in a corporate context. Market commentators name her "a very high-quality lawyer."

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