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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Rita Patel

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Work 1 202 799 4242
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Position

Partner

Career

Rita Patel advises clients on employee benefits, executive compensation and business tax matters.

 

Rita's experience includes designing and analyzing a broad range of qualified and nonqualified retirement and deferred compensation plans for public and private companies and tax-exempt entities. She has considerable experience advising clients in the correction of plan failures under IRS and Department of Labor correction programs. In addition, Rita provides guidance regarding welfare plans, including multiple employer welfare arrangements. Her broad practice also covers the design and administration of stock option, stock purchase and restricted stock agreements and counseling regarding securities laws as they relate to such equity-based arrangements.

 

Related to Rita's benefits practice, she represents tax-exempt entities including public charities, private foundations, social welfare organizations and trade associations in all types of tax matters. She has experience on various tax-exempt matters, including the application of the private foundation excise taxes and the limitations on political activities, UBIT issues, intermediate sanctions, public disclosure requirements, and private inurement and private benefit issues

Education

LLM, Georgetown University; JD, Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University; BA, American University


United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s global platform provides for a multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary team, which was further bolstered by the arrival of hedge fund and ERISA Title 1 expert Adrienne Scerbak in New York from an in-house position at Sony. In Washington DC, Rita Patel assisted a public telecoms company with the negotiation of a severance agreement pertaining to a CEO residing abroad, and Chicago’s Anne Pachciarek represented an ACA reporting provider in regulatory issues relating to its client base of large employers. A technology company also engaged the team to design and implement incentive structures and special purpose vehicles including employee benefits trusts. Patel heads the group with Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts and Chicago-based Richard Ashley III.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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

The multidisciplinary practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) recently welcomed hedge fund specialist Adrienne Scerbak to its New York office from an in-house position at Sony. In recent highlights, the team advised Server Technology on its sale to the France-based Legrand Holdings, and assisted Arsenal Capital Partners with the sale of its portfolio company, Certara, to EQT VII Fund. The main names to note are Rita Patel, who sits in Washington DC, Chicago-based Rich Ashley III, and Cisco Palao-Ricketts in Silicon Valley.

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