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Alan M. Levine

Partner
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Tel: 212.735.8694
Mobile: 516.238.5749
Fax: 917.522.3194
Email: alevine@morrisoncohen.com

Compensation & Benefits Experience

  • Advise private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on the employment arrangements and agreements for their respective senior managers, including with respect to separations therefrom.
  • Design and implement numerous equity incentive compensation programs for portfolio companies of our private equity sponsor clients, including stock option, stock appreciation right, restricted stock, restricted stock purchase, restricted stock unit, performance share, and performance share unit programs.
  • Advised multiple private equity sponsors in their fund formation activities, including with respect to ERISA's Plan Asset Regulations compliance, and carried interest programs.
  • Structured profits interests programs to incentivize senior managers for a diverse set of clients, including an animal health and nutrition business, a private investment bank, and a leading hair salon company.
  • Advised health care-focused hedge fund in its carry and bonus programs, including its offshore deferral arrangements.
  • Advised several companies, including a check-cashing business and a fitness equipment manufacturer, in adjusting their incentive/non-qualified stock options in connection with their respective dividend recapitalizations.

ERISA Investment Advisory Services

  • Represents two of the leading private investment managers in their fiduciary capacities with respect to ERISA “plan assets” in order to ensure compliance with ERISA’s Plan Asset Regulations.
  • Advise numerous private equity sponsors in their fund formation activities and ERISA compliance.

Executive Representation Experience

  • Negotiated on behalf of many private equity and hedge fund professionals in connection with their employment and carry arrangements at new sponsors.
  • Represented hundreds of senior executives in various industries, including the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, in change of control situations.
  • Counseled private equity professional in connection with the professional’s promotion to senior partner, including with respect to management company arrangements.
  • Advised a former Presidential Executive Fellow, former Counselor to the Secretary of Transportation and former Acting Executive Director of the Build America Bureau at U.S. Department of Transportation in his 2017 employment and equity arrangements at a prominent privately-owned real estate firm.
  • Represented management team of a leading manufacturer of designer women’s clothing in their employment and equity arrangements with an affiliate of a private equity firm that invests in lower middle market companies, who was acquiring the manufacturer.
  • Negotiated on behalf of the incoming Co-head of a multibillion dollar global-focused private equity fund, that is sponsored by a global alternative asset manager with more than $185 billion of assets under management.
  • Counseled the incoming Co-CEO of a leading global private investment firm with more than $75 billion of assets under management.
  • Represented senior investment banking team in their move to a premier investment bank, which is part of one of the top 15 largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America.
  • Advised current President of the world's leader in business news in connection with the renegotiation of his employment arrangements.
  • Negotiated on behalf of the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, other health care professionals, employees, and health plans, in his employment and equity arrangements. 
  • Counseled on behalf of the incoming Chief Executive Officer and, separately, the incoming Head of Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer in their employment and equity arrangements with the global leader in generic drugs, which is also one of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies in the world.
  • Represented the incoming Chairman of the Board of Directors in his compensation and equity arrangements with a leading pharmaceutical company, which focuses on the growing worldwide problem of antibiotic resistance. 
     

M&A Advisory Services Experience

  • Counseled consumer-focused private equity sponsor in its roll-up of veterinarian medical practices.
  • Advised major private-equity sponsor in its “merger of equals” between its portfolio company and another leading provider of hosted information technology solutions.
  • Represented a leading media and internet company in multiple acquisitions and dispositions, including an on-line dictionary service and a leading on-line publisher.
  • Counseled multiple portfolio companies of major private equity sponsors in their various add-on aquisitions.
  • Represented a global private equity sponsor in its sale of a leading animal health and nutrition company to a leading captive private equity sponsor.
  • Advised consumer-focused private equity sponsor in its acquisition of a revolutionary make-up manufacturer.
  • Represented middle-market private equity sponsor in its acquisition of a leading global manufacturer of key intermediate chemicals for high-value industrial and consumer applications.
  • Advised a global private equity sponsor in its acquisition of a fast-growing provider of laboratory supplies and equipment to the scientific and research community.
  • Counseled one of the nation’s most respected full-service independent insurance brokers in its sale to an innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm.
  • Represented consumer-focused private equity sponsor in its sale of a leading professional and prestige hair care brand dedicated to curly hair to a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager.
  • Advised one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing fitness brands in its acquisition of a leading franchise sales and brand development firm.
  • Counseled the family office of senior private equity professional in its acquisition of a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, precision and OEM sheet metal enclosures, electrical cabinets and metal fabricated assemblies.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing fitness brands in its acquisition of the largest premium indoor fitness franchisor in the United States.
  • Represented a nationally recognized consulting and placement firm in its acquisition of a New York-based executive search firm.
  • Advised consumer-focused private equity sponsor in its sale of a leading manufacturer and marketer of highly differentiated, premium and better for you flat breads and flat bread products to a wholly owned subsidiary of a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and food service markets.
  • Represented multinational steel, energy, infrastructure and services business in the sale of its large business process outsourcing company to a leading global outsourcing company.
  • Counseled private equity arm of major financial institution in its preferred stock investment in a high quality, free to play, mobile, social gaming company.