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

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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. Also advises private equity firms and financial institutions with ERISA issues. Clients benefit from its offices in various key locations worldwide.

Strengths One client says: "They are my favorite team to work with in this space. When we have the opportunity to work together, I am always pleased." They add: "Their client service skills are fantastic."

Peers say: "A great firm with an excellent executive compensation practice."

Work highlights Assisted Coca-Cola with the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising as a result of combining various of its bottling companies to create a new Western European bottling operation.

Represented Western Digital in connection the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising out of its $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk.

Significant clients Tech Data, L'Air Liquide, Natixis, Google, RPG Capital.

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Arthur Kohn is considered a "superstar" in the industry, with peers claiming he is "scary smart" and "does everything so well." He routinely acts for high-profile employers in a variety of complex benefits and compensation matters, including executive compensation, employment law and pension compliance and investment.

The "excellent" Michael Albano is "well regarded" for his compensation and benefits practice. He regularly assists clients with taxation, governance, design and private equity matters. He recently led the firm's work on behalf of Endurance International in relation to its $1.1 billion acquisition of Constant Contact.

Robert Raymond combines his strong employee benefits and ERISA practice with his expertise in private investment funds. Recent work includes advising alternative asset manager Angelo Gordon on ERISA matters arising as a result of its role as investment manager of private equity funds.

According to sources, the "fantastic" Mary Alcock is "very strong" on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. She is experienced in handling a variety of matters in this space, including regulatory compliance, design and corporate governance.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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 and bodies predominantly from the financial services industry, such as boards of directors as well as investment bankers and broker-dealers. Clients benefit from its experience in appearing before various governmental agencies.

Strengths One impressed peer reports: "This is a fantastic firm with a very strong executive compensation group - the lawyers are very strong."

Work highlights Assisted NBCUniversal in its $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, which will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and assisted on the resulting employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Represented prominent project management company Technip in connection with its $13 billion merger with FMC Technologies and handled all executive compensation and benefits matters arising out of the transaction.

Significant clients Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, L Brands, Aetna.

Notable practitioners

Head of the executive compensation group Edmond FitzGerald represents major employers in benefits and compensation matters relating to complex ventures, restructurings and M&A matters, among other such areas. One impressed peers highlights him as "probably the most respected person in this area," while another adds that he "works extraordinarily hard and is clearly top-notch."

Jean McLoughlin is a well-regarded employee benefits and executive compensation practitioner specializing in negotiating executive employment arrangements, the management of equity programs and related tax and securities issues. Clients say: "She is really great -very smart and really easy to work with."

Jeffrey Crandall is experienced in handling a broad range of executive compensation and benefits matters, including those arising out of large M&A deals, major investments and other transactions. One delighted client reports: "I had a terrific experience working with Jeff, who is very smart, creative and commercial."

Clients say that they "cannot say enough great things" about "superb practitioner" Kyoko Takahashi Lin, while peers speak of her "great reputation" and how they have "very much enjoyed working with her." She is highlighted for her very active executive compensation practice and is routinely sought out by major companies, compensation committees, boards and individuals executives to advise on matters arising out of M&A transactions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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. Also known for its particular expertise in assisting on matters connected with the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform.

Strengths "The entire team I work with provides wonderful client service and provides great insight," says one client. Another adds: "They are experienced, practical and very responsive."

Another delighted client says: "I have a very high opinion of this team and its skill set. They are very knowledgeable about their respective fields and are extremely valuable to me."

Significant clients S&P Global, EY, National Basketball Association, SAG-AFTRA, Quanta Services.

Notable practitioners

"Phenomenally good lawyer" Michael Sirkin is "one of the best in the business," according to sources. He has a "top-notch" reputation for representing compensation committees and senior executives in significant compensation and benefits matters. One client says: "He was wonderful to deal with - gracious, smart, practical, cut to the chase and was clearly respected by counterparty counsel. Also, he was very responsive."

Ira Bogner is "an excellent ERISA lawyer who has an in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry," say his clients. He routinely represents institutional pension plan investors and is an expert in benefits and compensation matters arising out of M&A deals.

Robert Projansky frequently advises multiemployer benefit fund clients and prominent players from the corporate and entertainment industries on employee benefits matters. An impressed client says: "He is excellent. He gets to the point quickly, is solution-oriented and very responsive."

Benefits expert Rory Albert advises a range of clients including national and multinational companies, boards of trustees and nonprofit organizations. He serves clients from an array of industries including retail, securities, telecommunications and healthcare.

Ira Golub concentrates primarily on advising employers on benefits matters, with a particular focus on withdrawal liability exposure. Clients include pension, annuity and apprenticeship funds. He is also adept at representing businesses before the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation. According to clients, he is "extremely knowledgeable, very organized and anticipates clients' needs well."

Andrea Rattner handles the full spectrum of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including those arising within the restructuring, financing and transactional contexts. A client praises her as being "technically excellent, timely and insightful."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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 arising within an M&A and private equity context. Primarily acts on behalf of private equity industry clients, compensation committees and public boards of directors. Its impressive client base is composed of both national and multinational corporations.

Strengths One impressed client reports: "They're excellent business lawyers - they understand their client's business and they provide advice based on that. They're very consistent throughout the firm and communicate well with each other."

One source states: "It's a great firm with a strong reputation. They have a great client base and have seen all the issues."

Work highlights Acted for China National Chemical on its $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta, including advice on the negotiation and structuring of the employee benefits and management compensation matters arising as a result of the transaction.

Represented Walgreens Boots Alliance in its $17.2 billion all-cash acquisition of Rite Aid. Also advised on the full range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues connected to the transaction.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Palladium Equity Partners, Corsair Capital, Microsoft, DIRECTV.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Brian Robbins continues to serve as head of the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group. He offers expertise in a variety of matters and is routinely sought out for representation in significant business transactions. Clients praise him as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "thoughtful, meticulous and reliable."

Gregory Grogan focuses his benefits and compensation practice on private equity matters as well as executive retention issues arising as result of M&A transactions and IPOs. Clients describe him as a "subject matter expert" who is "very well versed in the technical rules but is also very practical."

David Rubinsky advises employers and executives as well as private equity investors on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects arising within the context of large M&A deals. Sources are quick to highlight his "excellent reputation in the transactional executive compensation side." His recent work includes representing Hellman & Friedman in connection with the management compensation and employee benefits matters relating to its $7.5 billion acquisition of transaction solution provider MultiPlan.

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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

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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.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's reputation in this space: "Skadden is one of the world's best." Another adds: "They have the deepest practical experience I have seen."

According to other clients, "overall, everyone in the team is very good - extremely responsive, client-oriented and technically but logically business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised DuPont in relation to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $130 billion merger of equals with Dow Chemical.

Acted on behalf of EMC in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of Dell. Advised on the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising within the context of the transaction.

Significant clients Centene, WhiteWave Foods, Rite Aid, Air Products & Chemicals, Leidos.

Notable practitioners

Regina Olshan "literally wrote the book" on Section 409A of the IRC, demonstrating her technical expertise in the area, which peers describe as "unparalleled in the field." She routinely advises high-profile clients on the benefits and compensation aspects of significant transactions, and recently led the firm's work on behalf of DuPont in connection with the $130 billion DuPont–Dow Chemical merger.

According to sources, "outstanding lawyer" Neil Leff is a "real expert in the area." He is also highlighted for his "tremendous experience" and for being "very dedicated to client service." He advises a variety of clients on the benefits and compensation aspects of M&A transactions, bankruptcy reorganizations and public offerings, among other such matters. His areas of focus include advice on tax planning relating to deferred compensation arrangements as well as issues relating to corporate governance and securities laws.

"Very good lawyer" Erica Schohn handles executive compensation and employee benefits matters arising within national and cross-border transactions. Her recent work includes advising Centene on the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising out of its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net.

Department profile 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

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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.

Strengths One impressed client says: "I was extremely pleased with the firm's performance," and adds: "They are very responsive and provide a great deal of focus and service when we need it most."

Peers describe this as a "great firm with a great practice" which is a "clear leader in executive compensation matters."

Work highlights Assisted Cheniere Energy and its board of directors with the appointment of a president and chief executive officer.

Advised AMC Networks in relation to executive compensation, benefits and governance matters.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, GS Group, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Royal Bank of Canada, Affinity Gaming.

Notable practitioners

The "absolutely top-notch" managing partner of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group, Marc Treviño maintains an excellent reputation as "a big player in the space." Sources add that he is "really knowledgeable," "smart" and "authoritative." He has extensive experience in advising employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters involving financial institutions and personnel actions.

"Great" lawyer Matthew Friestedt heads the firm’s executive compensation M&A practice and regularly acts on matters involving the compensation of senior executives. He has extensive experience in cross-border deals and recently represented Teva in Israel in connection with executive compensation matters relating to its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan Generics in Ireland. Clients appreciate that he is "very knowledgeable and very easy to work with."

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

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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 handling significant M&A deals. Among the matters handled are executive compensation programs, board structuring and executive succession.

Strengths Peers note the team is "really strong on the M&A side," and one source describes Wachtell as "one of the top firms across the board."

Work highlights Continued to assist Perrigo with implementing senior management protections and restructurings in response to a $26 billion hostile takeover offer by Mylan. The takeover was eventually defeated by Perrigo.

Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise in relation to the compensation and benefits aspects of the merger of its software business into Micro Focus International via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Work included negotiation of employment arrangements.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Airgas, Bank of America, Verizon, Pfizer.

Notable practitioners

Jeannemarie O'Brien routinely advises financial institutions on the compensation and governance aspects of significant M&A transactions. Clients say: "She brings great technical depth but understands the client perspective," while one peer describes her as "ridiculously dogged and talented - if I needed someone to represent me, I'd use her."

According to sources, Michael Segal is a "tremendous talent" and "a total standout" in the compensation and benefits space. He is noted for his work in high-value M&A deals involving public companies, routinely representing senior executives and boards of directors.

Andrea Wahlquist is a "very fine lawyer," according to sources. She is very experienced in representing target companies on the executive compensation and benefits matters that arise in corporate transactions. She recently led the firm's representation of Verizon in relating to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo!'s operating business.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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.

Strengths One client praises the support on offer, saying: "They provide excellent client service," and adding: "Their greatest strength is working together as a team - they're exceptional at making me feel like they're all talking together behind the scenes and not charging me for it!"

Work highlights Acted for the Dolan family, the majority shareholders in Cablevision, in connection with the $17.7 billion sale of Cablevision to Altice. Work included advice on compensation matters and separation agreements for family members.

Represented Envision Healthcare in its merger of equals with AMSURG and advised on all the employee benefits and executive compensation matters which arose.

Significant clients Apple, Amazon, UBS, The Carlyle Group, Domtar.

Notable practitioners

The "really smart" and "very seasoned" Lawrence Cagney is "the best employee benefits lawyer" and "the guy when it comes to executive compensation matters," according to clients, who add: "If he doesn't have an answer to a problem, then there is no answer." He continues to serve as head of the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group and regularly advises on and designs compensation plans for public and private companies.

"Great" lawyer Jonathan Lewis has a broad range of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the design and operation of equity compensation plans and M&A deals. Clients commend him for his "extremely good client service" and "practical approach to problem solving."

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky is described by clients as an "extremely responsive" and "very thorough" lawyer who provides "great advice from a business point of view." She has a broad-ranging practice covering the design, implementation and negotiation of employee agreements, compensation programs for public and private companies, and benefits issues arising out of M&A transactions.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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. Works with boards of directors, companies and clients from the private equity sector, among others.

Strengths Clients describe this as "a solid firm" and praise the group's "responsiveness and depth of knowledge, client service and relationship building."

One client notes that the team "handles the larger and more complex transactions" and is "a one-stop shop."

Work highlights Advised private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners on its $2.2 billion acquisition of ExamWorks Group, including advice on the design and drafting of employment agreements, equity plans and compensation arrangements.

Represented Odyssey Investment Partners in its acquisition of Integro Limited. Assisted on a range of employee benefits and compensation matters relating to the acquisition, including drafting employment agreements and negotiating employee benefits provisions.

Significant clients WCI Communities, Apollo Residential Mortgage, ArcLight Capital, Ares Management, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

The "very knowledgeable and extremely responsive" Bradd Williamson serves as global chair of the firm's benefits, compensation and employment group and concentrates his practice on representing private equity funds and public companies on the design and drafting of compensation arrangements. He is also adept at providing advice on related tax matters, Clients say: "We have been thrilled with the executive compensation and benefits advice that he has provided. He is very practical but also has a strong technical background."

Jed Brickner "has a very good reputation" for his employee benefits and compensation work. He recently represented Irving Place Capital in its acquisition of Ohio Transmission Corporation as well as advising on employee benefits provisions and equity plans for employees. Sources confirm that they have been "very impressed with him."

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

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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.

Strengths One impressed client says: "This is a fantastic firm, offering great practical advice and fantastic deal execution." Another adds: "I think very highly of them - they are super-smart and very commercial. You want them on your side."

Clients also appreciate that the firm offers "high levels of expertise, and can throw a massive team at a project and turn things around exceptionally fast."

Work highlights Acted for Time Warner Cable in relation to its $78.7 billion merger with Charter Communications, including the employee benefit aspects.

Represented Apollo Global Management in a series of M&A deals, including handling the full range of resulting employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Significant clients Viacom, EXOR, Oak Hill Capital, General Atlantic, Sony Music Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

"Great lawyer" Robert Fleder is an experienced practitioner who handles a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He serves as head of the firm's practice group and is particularly well known for dispensing advice on ERISA fiduciary responsibility and disclosure matters.

Andrew Gaines is regularly sought out by employers for advice on employee benefit plans. He is also adept at advising on ERISA matters relating to the design of private investment funds. One client says: "He is a real subject matter expert," noting that he "really stands out for his practicality."

Lawrence Witdorchic concentrates his practice on advising clients on employee benefits and executive compensation matters and has particular experience in corporate transactions including M&A and IPOs. One client praises him as a "knowledgeable and experienced" lawyer who has an "excellent understanding of our business priorities and drivers."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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.

Work highlights Advised GE on the executive compensation, employee benefit and corporate governance aspects of its merger with Baker Hughes to form a public company.

Acted for cloud computing company Salesforce.com in its $2.8 billion public tender offer for software technology company Demandware. Handled all the arising executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

Significant clients The Independent Committee of Wells Fargo, Deere & Company, McGraw-Hill Financial, CVS Health, IMAX.

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Linda Rappaport is highly rated for her extensive compensation and benefits experience, with sources acknowledging that she has "definitely been a name in this space for a long time." She is routinely sought out by major domestic and global companies as well as executives of public entities and private enterprises. One client notes that she is "fast and efficient" and "incredibly knowledgeable."

The "very solid and technically adept" John Cannon has a range of experience, with a particular focus on executive compensation work. He serves as cochair of the firm's corporate governance team and is also frequently involved in advising on these issues as well as Dodd-Frank matters.

Ken Laverriere specializes in advising fiduciaries on the investment of the assets of pension plans. He also has extensive experience advising on the compensation and benefits issues arising from M&A transactions. Sources confirm that he is "very knowledgeable on the pension side."

Head of the compensation, governance and ERISA team Doreen Lilienfeld is a highly respected lawyer with expertise in complex executive compensation work. Her areas of expertise include the formation of compensation plans and regulatory compliance as well as the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A and private equity transactions.

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

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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. Also advises on the compliance of various benefits and compensation arrangements with ERISA, securities and tax law and accounting matters.

Strengths According to clients, the lawyers in the group are "very smart," "easy to work with," and provide "very practical advice." One client adds: "They provide a combination of competence and customer service that is unequaled."

Peers confirm that "the lawyers are fantastic" and the team "does very good work."

Significant clients IBM, Johnson & Johnson, AGL Resources, AmerisourceBergen, The Linde Group.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Jennifer Conway focuses her practice on employee benefit and executive compensation issues arising out of corporate transactions including M&A and IPOs. Clients say that she is "very practical and extremely efficient" and is "doing a superb job." Another impressed client adds: "I would not hesitate to recommend other companies to her."

The "fantastically smart and committed" Eric Hilfers is praised by clients for being "easy to work with." They also appreciate that he "delivers significant value, often under high pressure." He is frequently engaged by financial services sector clients to advise on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, particularly those arising within the context of transactions.

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

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What the team is known for Regularly consulted by public and private companies and other businesses on the basis of its expertise in handling a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising within the context of M&A. Also well known for assisting private equity and hedge fund clients with their fiduciary responsibilities and compliance with ERISA.

Strengths Clients say that this "fantastic" group is "commercially astute" and "sets itself apart in terms of client service."

Clients appreciate that the team offers a "great deal of experience and expertise" and is "highly responsive and practical."

Work highlights Assisted Permira portfolio company Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories with various matters relating to the investment made by affiliates of Hellman & Friedman for the acquisition of an equity stake in Genesys from existing equity holders. This included the formation of a new compensation plan.

Advised Wendel on the executive compensation issues arising out the merger between its portfolio company AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America.

Significant clients Onex, AEA Investors, Goldman Sachs, New Mountain Capital, Media General.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Ross is described by clients as "one of the top ERISA attorneys in the field," and they appreciate that he "consistently provided great market insights and practical guidance." He is also sought after for advice on M&A and other transaction-related employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

"Very solid" lawyer Donald Carleen chairs the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits department and regularly advises senior employees of corporations and committees on the full range of executive compensation and employee benefit issues. He is a highly respected and well-known lawyer who is noted for his deep experience in this area.

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

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What the team is known for Notable team for handling 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 and ERISA fiduciary matters. Acts on behalf of an enviable roster of clients featuring companies, senior management, compensation committees and boards of directors.

Strengths One impressed client says: "We go to them with the most sophisticated of questions and they provide us with the type of experienced advice that we need."

The team is highlighted by peers for "representing some of the most sophisticated clients and deals." They add that the team is "consistently pragmatic" and "extremely zealous on behalf of its clients."

Work highlights Continued to advise several financial institutions in relation to the DOL's fiduciary regulation released in April 2015.

Represented The Medicines Company in the $792 million divestiture of several of its marketed cardiovascular products and assets to Chiesi Farmaceutici, handling all the employee benefits and ERISA matters which arose.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Freddie Mac, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Department head James Frazier is praised by clients as "an excellent ERISA attorney." They also highlight his "great insight into market practice" and his "solutions-oriented" and "very practical advice." He is very well versed in advising clients on the application of ERISA fiduciary regulations in the context of transactions. He is also very experienced in representing clients before the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. Acts predominantly on behalf of senior management. Operates on a national basis.

Strengths Clients say that the "team collaborates very well," adding that "the client service experience is excellent."

Another client says: "I am very pleased with the assistance we have received. They are quick to respond and provide advice in a manner that we can understand - given the complexity of the issues, this is extremely helpful."

Work highlights Acted for Health Net post hoc in connection with its $6 billion public merger with Centene, including handling all the employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising as a result of the transaction.

Advised Aspen Insurance Holdings in relation to the benefits and compensation matters resulting from its acquisition of AgriLogic Insurance Services, including the formation of new management employment agreements.

Significant clients Bunker Hill Capital, Freeman Spogli, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Madison Square Garden, JetBlue Airways.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Gary Rothstein is "very good at representing management teams and executives." He frequently represents clients in transactions, particularly private equity buyouts.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides advice on a range of issues in relation to 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. Ably represents large corporations and financial institutions, among other such clients.

Work highlights Advised Louis Berger Group on the executive compensation matters arising out of the company's $1 billion global restructuring.

Represented NTT Data in connection with its $3 billion acquisition of Dell Services, including advice on all the employee benefits and executive compensation that arose as a result of the transaction.

Significant clients Chevron, IMS Health, MSCI, Tiffany & Co., The Bank of New York Mellon.

Notable practitioners

"Top-notch" lawyer Susan Serota is "a very well-respected practitioner in the area," say peers. She heads the firm's executive compensation and benefits department and is experienced in handling a variety of matters. Particular areas of focus include senior executive compensation, ERISA fiduciary advice and litigation support, as well as the employee benefit components of M&A and joint ventures. She regularly advises on cross-border transactions.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. Growing capability representing health sector clients.

Strengths Clients say this is "a high-quality firm" which provides "excellent legal advice on complex benefit questions."

One client says: "The team operates as an extension of us. The service level is great, the billing is transparent and they provide value for money."

Work highlights Advised Northwell Health on everyday benefits issues as well as nonqualified deferred compensation plans and executive compensation issues, among other such matters.

Assisted Mitsui with employee benefits matters relating to its USA operator.

Significant clients Nokia, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Quest Diagnostics, SUEZ Water Resources, University Hospitals Health Systems.

Notable practitioners

According to interviewees, Howard Pianko is "one of the leaders of the fiduciary Bar." He is also highly experienced in handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Sources describe him as a "very strong lawyer" who "enjoys an excellent reputation." Clients appreciate that his "communication approach is very methodical and very clear."

Randell Montellaro focuses his practice on employee benefit issues, including the design and implementation of benefit and cafeteria plans. He has particular experience handling cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit entities. Clients say that he is "very knowledgeable, personable and reliable" and "always performs to the highest level."

Department profile by Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. Also adept at providing advice and support to clients on ERISA.

Strengths Clients praise the group's "great expertise in compensation and benefits matters related to mergers and acquisitions," and are quick to highlight the "excellent practitioners" who make up the team.

One impressed client says: "I would hire them again in a heartbeat."

Work highlights Assisted Dow Chemical with its $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with DuPont, including the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of the transaction.

Advised IMS Health Holdings on the employee benefit and executive compensation facets of its $17.6 billion all-stock merger of equals with Quintiles Transnational Holdings.

Significant clients Advent International, Oracle, MGM Resorts International, OMERS Private Equity, ENGIE.

Notable practitioners

"Great lawyer" Paul Wessel serves as head of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. He has wide-ranging expertise, representing a variety of clients including public and private companies, private equity firms and boards of directors. He has significant experience in advising clients within a transactional context.

Sources say they "think very highly of" Amy Rubin and she is described by clients as a "responsive and knowledgeable lawyer." She routinely represents compensation committees as well as companies and their board of directors on a range of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA concerns.

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Senior Statesmen

Linda E Rappaport

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Rappaport is highly rated for her extensive compensation and benefits experience, with sources acknowledging that she has "definitely been a name in this space for a long time." She is routinely sought out by major domestic and global companies as well as executives of public entities and private enterprises. One client notes that she is "fast and efficient" and "incredibly knowledgeable."

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Edmond FitzGerald

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the executive compensation group Edmond FitzGerald represents major employers in benefits and compensation matters relating to complex ventures, restructurings and M&A matters, among other such areas. One impressed peers highlights him as "probably the most respected person in this area," while another adds that he "works extraordinarily hard and is clearly top-notch."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Kohn is considered a "superstar" in the industry, with peers claiming he is "scary smart" and "does everything so well." He routinely acts for high-profile employers in a variety of complex benefits and compensation matters, including executive compensation, employment law and pension compliance and investment.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch" lawyer Susan Serota is "a very well-respected practitioner in the area," say peers. She heads the firm's executive compensation and benefits department and is experienced in handling a variety of matters. Particular areas of focus include senior executive compensation, ERISA fiduciary advice and litigation support, as well as the employee benefit components of M&A and joint ventures. She regularly advises on cross-border transactions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenally good lawyer" Michael Sirkin is "one of the best in the business," according to sources. He has a "top-notch" reputation for representing compensation committees and senior executives in significant compensation and benefits matters. One client says: "He was wonderful to deal with - gracious, smart, practical, cut to the chase and was clearly respected by counterparty counsel. Also, he was very responsive."

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Lawrence K Cagney

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "really smart" and "very seasoned" Lawrence Cagney is "the best employee benefits lawyer" and "the guy when it comes to executive compensation matters," according to clients, who add: "If he doesn't have an answer to a problem, then there is no answer." He continues to serve as head of the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group and regularly advises on and designs compensation plans for public and private companies.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great lawyer" Robert Fleder is an experienced practitioner who handles a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He serves as head of the firm's practice group and is particularly well known for dispensing advice on ERISA fiduciary responsibility and disclosure matters.

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Jeannemarie O'Brien

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeannemarie O'Brien routinely advises financial institutions on the compensation and governance aspects of significant M&A transactions. Clients say: "She brings great technical depth but understands the client perspective," while one peer describes her as "ridiculously dogged and talented - if I needed someone to represent me, I'd use her."

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Regina Olshan "literally wrote the book" on Section 409A of the IRC, demonstrating her technical expertise in the area, which peers describe as "unparalleled in the field." She routinely advises high-profile clients on the benefits and compensation aspects of significant transactions, and recently led the firm's work on behalf of DuPont in connection with the $130 billion DuPont–Dow Chemical merger.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly regarded Andrew Oringer of Dechert LLP serves as cochair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation team. He is renowned for his extensive expertise in complex ERISA and compensations issues. One impressed source says: "He's on my shortlist of people I call for incredibly technical questions." Another adds that it is "a pleasure working with him."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to interviewees, Howard Pianko is "one of the leaders of the fiduciary Bar." He is also highly experienced in handling a broad range of domestic and cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation matters.  Sources describe him as a "very strong lawyer" who "enjoys an excellent reputation." Clients appreciate that his "communication approach is very methodical and very clear."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Brian Robbins continues to serve as head of the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits group. He offers expertise in a variety of matters and is routinely sought out for representation in significant business transactions. Clients praise him as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "thoughtful, meticulous and reliable."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, Michael Segal is a "tremendous talent" and "a total standout" in the compensation and benefits space. He is noted for his work in high-value M&A deals involving public companies, routinely representing senior executives and boards of directors.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "absolutely top-notch" managing partner of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group, Marc Treviño maintains an excellent reputation as "a big player in the space." Sources add that he is "really knowledgeable," "smart" and "authoritative." He has extensive experience in advising employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters involving financial institutions and personnel actions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Bogner is "an excellent ERISA lawyer who has an in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry," say his clients. He routinely represents institutional pension plan investors and is an expert in benefits and compensation matters arising out of M&A deals.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very solid and technically adept" John Cannon has a range of experience, with a particular focus on executive compensation work. He serves as cochair of the firm's corporate governance team and is also frequently involved in advising on these issues as well as Dodd-Frank matters.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very solid" lawyer Donald Carleen chairs the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits department and regularly advises senior employees of corporations and committees on the full range of executive compensation and employee benefit issues. He is a highly respected and well-known lawyer who is noted for his deep experience in this area.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, David Cohen of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is renowned as a "go-to lawyer in the ERISA space." Clients add: "Cohen is simply outstanding in his knowledge and efficiency in this area."

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Matthew M Friestedt

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great" lawyer Matthew Friestedt heads the firm’s executive compensation M&A practice and regularly acts on matters involving the compensation of senior executives. He has extensive experience in cross-border deals and recently represented Teva in Israel in connection with executive compensation matters relating to its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan Generics in Ireland. Clients appreciate that he is "very knowledgeable and very easy to work with."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Gaines is regularly sought out by employers for advice on employee benefit plans. He is also adept at advising on ERISA matters relating to the design of private investment funds. One client says: "He is a real subject matter expert," noting that he "really stands out for his practicality."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Grogan focuses his benefits and compensation practice on private equity matters as well as executive retention issues arising as result of M&A transactions and IPOs. Clients describe him as a "subject matter expert" who is "very well versed in the technical rules but is also very practical."

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

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, "outstanding lawyer" Neil Leff is a "real expert in the area." He is also highlighted for his "tremendous experience" and for being "very dedicated to client service." He advises a variety of clients on the benefits and compensation aspects of M&A transactions, bankruptcy reorganizations and public offerings, among other such matters. His areas of focus include advice on tax planning relating to deferred compensation arrangements as well as issues relating to corporate governance and securities laws.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great" lawyer Jonathan Lewis has a broad range of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the design and operation of equity compensation plans and M&A deals. Clients commend him for his "extremely good client service" and "practical approach to problem solving."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jean McLoughlin is a well-regarded employee benefits and executive compensation practitioner specializing in negotiating executive employment arrangements, the management of equity programs and related tax and securities issues. Clients say: "She is really great -very smart and really easy to work with." 

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Really good" lawyer Scott Price of Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly turns his hand to complex benefits, compensation and ERISA matters within the context of transactions. One impressed client says: "He is one of my absolute all-time favorite counsel," adding that "his level of knowledge of his area of expertise, and ability to communicate succinctly and successfully about the top of the pyramid topics, is phenomenal."

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation practice, Steven Rabitz "is really top of the line when it comes to ERISA advice - he is definitely my go-to," says one impressed client. As part of his "broad practice," he also handles executive and other incentive compensation and retirement and health benefit matters. Peers add that he is a "really smart guy" who is "incredibly knowledgeable and practical."

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of King & Spalding LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation group Kenneth Raskin advises on a range of matters, including tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans as well as deferred compensation arrangements. Clients say that he has "tremendous legal acumen" and appreciate that he provides the "best legal advice at all times."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Ross is described by clients as "one of the top ERISA attorneys in the field," and they appreciate that he "consistently provided great market insights and practical guidance." He is also sought after for advice on M&A and other transaction-related employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, Gary Rothstein is "very good at representing management teams and executives." He frequently represents clients in transactions, particularly private equity buyouts.

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Andrea K Wahlquist

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Wahlquist is a "very fine lawyer," according to sourcesShe is very experienced in representing target companies on the executive compensation and benefits matters that arise in corporate transactions. She recently led the firm's representation of Verizon in relating to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $4.83 billion purchase of Yahoo!'s operating business.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Michael Albano is "well regarded" for his compensation and benefits practice. He regularly assists clients with taxation, governance, design and private equity matters. He recently led the firm's work on behalf of Endurance International in relation to its $1.1 billion acquisition of Constant Contact.

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Jennifer S Conway

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Jennifer Conway focuses her practice on employee benefit and executive compensation issues arising out of corporate transactions including M&A and IPOs. Clients say that she is "very practical and extremely efficient" and is "doing a superb job." Another impressed client adds: "I would not hesitate to recommend other companies to her."

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Department head James Frazier is praised by clients as "an excellent ERISA attorney." They also highlight his "great insight into market practice" and his "solutions-oriented" and "very practical advice." He is very well versed in advising clients on the application of ERISA fiduciary regulations in the context of transactions. He is also very experienced in representing clients before the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

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Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Goldstein of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates represents boards of directors and senior executives in benefits and compensation matters. Market commentators say that he is a "very effective and zealous advocate who knows his stuff."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastically smart and committed" Eric Hilfers is praised by clients for being "easy to work with." They also appreciate that he "delivers significant value, often under high pressure." He is frequently engaged by financial services sector clients to advise on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, particularly those arising within the context of transactions.

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Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great lawyer" Michael Katzke of boutique firm Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP is a well-regarded practitioner who is highlighted by sources for his representation of senior management in connection with compensation matters. He is also adept at acting for compensation committees and public and private companies. He is highly experienced in advising on public and private M&A deals, as well as representing private equity funds.

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Kyoko Takahashi Lin

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say that they "cannot say enough great things" about "superb practitioner" Kyoko Takahashi Lin, while peers speak of her "great reputation" and how they have "very much enjoyed working with her." She is highlighted for her very active executive compensation practice and is routinely sought out by major companies, compensation committees, boards and individuals executives to advise on matters arising out of M&A transactions.

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Henry Morgenbesser

Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Morgenbesser of Katzke & Morgenbesser LLP is well known for representing CEOs, boards of directors and compensation committees in relation to employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He is well versed in advising on both domestic and cross-border business transactions.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Raymond combines his strong employee benefits and ERISA practice with his expertise in private investment funds. Recent work includes advising alternative asset manager Angelo Gordon on ERISA matters arising as a result of its role as investment manager of private equity funds.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great lawyer" Paul Wessel serves as head of the firm's executive compensation and benefits group. He has wide-ranging expertise, representing a variety of clients including public and private companies, private equity firms and boards of directors. He has significant experience in advising clients within a transactional context.

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Bradd L Williamson

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable and extremely responsive" Bradd Williamson serves as global chair of the firm's benefits, compensation and employment group and concentrates his practice on representing private equity funds and public companies on the design and drafting of compensation arrangements. He is also adept at providing advice on related tax matters, Clients say: "We have been thrilled with the executive compensation and benefits advice that he has provided. He is very practical but also has a strong technical background."

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Lawrence Witdorchic

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Witdorchic concentrates his practice on advising clients on employee benefits and executive compensation matters and has particular experience in corporate transactions including M&A and IPOs. One client praises him as a "knowledgeable and experienced" lawyer who has an "excellent understanding of our business priorities and drivers."

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Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very smart and sophisticated practitioner" Howard Adler of Clifford Chance US LLP focuses his practice on advising businesses in relation to the benefits and compensation aspects of M&A deals. His areas of expertise include the design and implementation of compensation plans, fiduciary matters and governance issues. Clients describe him as "very responsive and diligent" and appreciate that he is "client-focused."  

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benefits expert Rory Albert advises a range of clients including national and multinational companies, boards of trustees and nonprofit organizations. He serves clients from an array of industries including retail, securities, telecommunications and healthcare.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, the "fantastic" Mary Alcock is "very strong" on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. She is experienced in handling a variety of matters in this space, including regulatory compliance, design and corporate governance.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" and "very experienced" Andrew Bernstein of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC focuses his practice on advising on the executive compensation aspects of venture capital investments, private equity financings and business transactions. Impressed clients say he is "extremely responsive" and "strategic and thoughtful in his approach."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jed Brickner "has a very good reputation" for his employee benefits and compensation work. He recently represented Irving Place Capital in its acquisition of Ohio Transmission Corporation as well as advising on employee benefits provisions and equity plans for employees. Sources confirm that they have been "very impressed with him." 

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Crandall is experienced in handling a broad range of executive compensation and benefits matters, including those arising out of large M&A deals, major investments and other transactions. One delighted client reports: "I had a terrific experience working with Jeff, who is very smart, creative and commercial."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Golub concentrates primarily on advising employers on benefits matters, with a particular focus on withdrawal liability exposure. Clients include pension, annuity and apprenticeship funds. He is also adept at representing businesses before the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation. According to clients, he is "extremely knowledgeable, very organized and anticipates clients' needs well."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Laverriere specializes in advising fiduciaries on the investment of the assets of pension plans. He also has extensive experience advising on the compensation and benefits issues arising from M&A transactions. Sources confirm that he is "very knowledgeable on the pension side."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ian Levin of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP advises on the ERISA and employee benefits aspects of the investment of pension plans and M&A transactions. One impressed client describes him as "an excellent lawyer" who is "very strong technically."

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Doreen Lilienfeld

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the compensation, governance and ERISA team Doreen Lilienfeld is a highly respected lawyer with expertise in complex executive compensation work. Her areas of expertise include the formation of compensation plans and regulatory compliance as well as the compensation and benefits aspects of M&A and private equity transactions.

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Randell Montellaro

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randell Montellaro focuses his practice on employee benefit issues, including the design and implementation of benefit and cafeteria plans. He has particular experience handling cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit entities. Clients say that he is "very knowledgeable, personable and reliable" and "always performs to the highest level."

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Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky is described by clients as an "extremely responsive" and "very thorough" lawyer who provides "great advice from a business point of view." She has a broad-ranging practice covering the design, implementation and negotiation of employee agreements, compensation programs for public and private companies, and benefits issues arising out of M&A transactions.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Projansky frequently advises multiemployer benefit fund clients and prominent players from the corporate and entertainment industries on employee benefits matters. An impressed client says: "He is excellent. He gets to the point quickly, is solution-oriented and very responsive."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Rattner handles the full spectrum of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including those arising within the restructuring, financing and transactional contexts. A client praises her as being "technically excellent, timely and insightful."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say they "think very highly of" Amy Rubin and she is described by clients as a "responsive and knowledgeable lawyer." She routinely represents compensation committees as well as companies and their board of directors on a range of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA concerns.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Rubinsky advises employers and executives as well as private equity investors on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects arising within the context of large M&A deals. Sources are quick to highlight his "excellent reputation in the transactional executive compensation side." His recent work includes representing Hellman & Friedman in connection with the management compensation and employee benefits matters relating to its $7.5 billion acquisition of transaction solution provider MultiPlan.

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Band 4

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

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very good lawyer" Erica Schohn handles executive compensation and employee benefits matters arising within national and cross-border transactions. Her recent work includes advising Centene on the employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising out of its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "attentive and very client-focused" Martha Steinman of Hogan Lovells US LLP is "an excellent lawyer with a broad practice," say peers. Areas of expertise include qualified and nonqualified welfare plans as well as the tax and securities facets of executive compensation matters.

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Up and Coming

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Catlow of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC offers expertise in a broad range of executive compensation matters. Clients say that she offers a "good balance of legal and business advice" and appreciate that she is "easy to reach and talk to."

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