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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

101 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10178-0060, USA
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Work +1 212 309 6000
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Craig Bitman

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Work 212 309 7190
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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Work Department

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Position

Craig A. Bitman is a partner in, and deputy practice group leader of Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice. He is the Leader of Morgan Lewis's leading fiduciary practice and co-chair of its institutional investor practice. Mr. Bitman offers clients a broad range of knowledge and skills on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law. He routinely advises public pension plans, companies, trust funds, and individuals with respect to matters involving qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, severance plans, employment contracts, welfare benefit plans, equity-based compensation arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, plan investments, and fiduciary issues. For more information, view Mr. Bitman's biography at www.morganlewis.com/bios/cbitman.

Member

Member, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, 1996, J.D.; University of Pennsylvania, 1993, B.A.


United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields ‘a highly responsive and knowledgeable’ 75-lawyer team across 11 offices nationwide, providing ‘outstanding’ advice on the entire scope of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. The ‘extraordinarily knowledgeable’ Craig Bitman heads the practice from the New York office, where he advises a client roster of public businesses, trusts and individuals on qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, equity compensation agreements and fiduciary compliance issues. Washington DC-based Althea Day is noted as ‘a very experienced and responsive’ professional, having advised a roster of Fortune 100 companies, tax-exempt organizations and governmental employers. Deputy practice leader Amy Pocino Kelly, John Ferreira and Matthew Hawes are names to note in the Pittsburgh office, and Lisa Barton leads the team in Massachusetts. Chicago-based Lindsay Goodman was also praised by one client as ‘an extremely intelligent’ associate. Standout clients for the team include Honeywell International, Toyota, Exela Technologies and Talen Energy.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a particular strength in the executive compensation space, where recent highlights saw Gina Lauriero acting for the executive team of FXI Holdings in its acquisition by One Rock Capital Partners, and David Zelikoff advising the executive team of Duff & Phelps on the company’s acquisition by private equity firm Permira. In addition, Gary Rothstein and Mary Hevener advised Dr. Pepper Snapple Group on existing equity employee entitlements and severance arrangements in relation to its $40bn sale to Keurig Green Mountain. Also recommended are practice head Craig Bitman, and Philadelphia-based Amy Pocino Kelly, who acted for Aramark in its $1.4bn merger with Avendra. Daniel Salemi joined the Chicago office from Franczek Radelet. Unless stated otherwise, all named lawyers are based in New York.

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