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Jonathan F. Lewis

Jonathan F. Lewis

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jonathan F. Lewis is a partner in the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group in New York. His practice encompasses a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions; the design, operation and disclosure of executive compensation plans and programs, with a focus on management equity arrangements; and formation of investment funds, such as hedge funds and private equity funds, and the investment in the funds by ERISA pension plans. Mr. Lewis is recognized byChambers USA (2012-2015) as a leader in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, where he is described by clients as “a superstar” with “incredible knowledge of a complex field, he is very practical and gives advice that is appreciated from a client’s perspective.”The Legal 500 US (2013-2015) also recommends Mr. Lewis, with clients praising his “creative and practical approach.”

Mr. Lewis is a frequent writer on legal developments regarding executive compensation and employee benefits. He is the author or co-author of the Russian chapter of “Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits,” Getting The Deal Through, (July, 2015), “Counting To 80,” Private Equity Manager (August, 2013), “Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers: Two Years In,”Westlaw Journal - Health Law (March, 2013), “Employee Equity Repurchases Draw SEC Scrutiny,”The M&A Lawyer (March, 2013), “Buyer Beware (Employee Edition): Employee Benefit Covenants Could Have Unintended Consequences On ERISA Plans,” The M&A Lawyer (March, 2012), “Wage and Price Controls in Private Equity?,” The M&A Journal (June, 2011), “To Change or Not to Change: Should Sponsors Modify Management Equity Due to the Market Downturn?,” The M&A Lawyer (February, 2010), “Private Equity and Hedge Fund Arrangements,” a chapter in Section 409A Handbook (BNA Books, 2010 and 2011 supp.) and “Mind the (Funding) Gap: Trouble Ahead for Multiemployer Plans,” Private Equity Manager (January, 2010). Mr. Lewis is also a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, including the New York City Bar’s “Advising Clients on Say-On-Pay & Related Executive Compensation Issues” (November, 2012).

Mr. Lewis received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College in 1990 and his J.D. with high honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The George Washington Law Reviewand a member of Order of the Coif. Mr. Lewis served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stewart Dalzell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1996.
Jonathan F. Lewis is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Private Equity Compensation Lifecycle (PowerPoint slides) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Thursday, March 16, 2017, New York, NY
Answer Book Chapters  Answer Book Chapters Employee Benefits - Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (2017 Edition), Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Cleveland, OH
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