Mr Michael Nissan > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States


Head of Weil’s Private Equity Executive Compensation and Benefits practice


Head of Weil’s Private Equity Executive Compensation and Benefits practice, Michael Nissan primarily represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in structuring management employment and equity compensation arrangements. He also advises management teams and senior executives regarding their employment arrangements. Clients include Advent International, Berkshire Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, CVC Capital Partners, OMERS Private Equity, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners and TruArc Partners and many of their portfolio companies. He was the founding Chairman of the Private Investment Fund Forum. He taught Private Investment Funds at Columbia Law School for more than twenty years and has also lectured at Stanford Law School and Harvard Business School.


Syracuse University (BA, summa cum laude, 1977); New York University School of Law (JD, 1980).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Praised for its ‘strong executive compensation practice, particularly in the private equity space’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s stellar workload includes high-end M&A and private equity transactions. Also noted for its capability in handling a broad range of employee benefit issues, the New York-based team is led by Paul Wessel, who has deep experience advising public companies on compensation matters relating to IPOs, bankruptcies and restructurings. ‘Emerging as a leader in this space’, Amy Rubin is a key member of the group and advised Gores Guggenheim in its $20bn merger with Polestar Performance AB. Michael Nissan is the go-to contact for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, including Advent International and Blackstone, while Sarah Downie advises senior executives and public companies on matters relating to severance agreements. Aimee Adler, who joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in September 2021, is a ‘great addition to the team’.