Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

New York
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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, as well as corporate restructures. 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"They provide very high-quality work and advice, and have great commercial judgment which flows from a strong knowledge base," comments an interviewee, adding: "They're very creative with their solutions, very responsive and their client service is excellent."

Work highlights Advised The Kraft Heinz Company on the benefits and compensation aspects of its $200 million acquisition of Primal Nutrition.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Gaines
is frequently sought out for his advice on the compensation and benefits elements arising from mergers and acquisitions. He has a broad client base which includes those in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Interviewees praise him as "eminently practical" and "a strong deals lawyer."

Jean McLoughlin
is highly regarded for her expert advice to clients on various compensation issues stemming from transactions. "She is a terrific lawyer," comments an interviewee, explaining: "She has extraordinary substantive knowledge and experience in the public company area. She's also very good with clients."

Lawrence Witdorchic
is "an excellent and very knowledgeable lawyer who has a very practical and commercial approach when resolving issues," comments an interviewee. He regularly deals with the compensation and benefits issues relating to various corporate transactions and is praised for being "very solutions-oriented."

Robert Fleder
is a highly respected practitioner with a wealth of experience in the benefits and compensation space. Sources describe him as "a master of all aspects of the practice" and "hands-down the best there is in his field of expertise."