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Clifford Chance

31 WEST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131, USA
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Howard Adler

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Clifford Chance LLP

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Howard Adler is Chairman of the Firm's Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group in the Americas. Howard's practice focuses on the treatment of executive compensation and employee benefits matters in M&A transactions, designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar compensation arrangements and advising boards of directors on fiduciary duties and governance matters with respect to their executive officers and directors.


New York University School of Law (LLM), 1991; Harvard Law School (JD), 1986; Columbia University (BA), 1982

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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

Clifford Chance's New York-based team advises corporates and high-profile C-suite individuals on the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising from transactions. Clients particularly praised ‘the walking encyclopedia of ERISA knowledge’, Paul Koppel, as ‘one of the most well-rounded benefits lawyers in practice’. A standout matter for Koppel involved advising Credit Suisse on a $8.7bn portfolio of CLO issuances in the US and European markets. Practice head Howard Adler is advising the National Titanium Dioxide Company on its $1.6bn subsidiary sale to Tronox. Clients also noted the team's expertise in Title 1 fiduciary issues.

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