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Stewart Reifler

Vedder Price P.C.

New York, NY, USA


Stewart Reifler is a shareholder with the law firm of Vedder Price P.C. and is based in New York City. He heads the firm’s Executive Compensation Practice Group in New York. He negotiates and structures executive employment, executive severance, and executive compensation arrangements on behalf of both executives and companies. He represents Fortune 500 companies and their senior executive officers, boards of directors, and compensation committees. He also represents CEOs and other senior executives in complex private-equity arrangements.

Mr. Reifler specializes in all aspects of executive compensation, including equity-based compensation, cash incentive compensation, deferred compensation, retirement and welfare-benefit arrangements, and director compensation. He has extensive experience in employment and severance agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance, and has been involved in many high-profile transactions.

Mr. Reifler is co-author of the Compensation Committee Handbook, 3rd edition, published by John Wiley & Sons. He speaks often on executive compensation and equity-based compensation topics, and has presented at national and local conferences of the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), American Lawyer Media, the Equilar Executive Compensation Symposium, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), the New York State Employee Benefits Conference, WorldatWork, and Wall Street Transcripts. He has been quoted in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Journal of Accountancy, International Tax Review, and Practical Accountant. His articles on executive compensation have appeared in the National Law Journal, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, The Tax Executive, The Journal of Compensation and Benefits, Mergers and Acquisitions, Director's Monthly, Directors and Boards, Securities Regulatory Update, Corporate Business Taxation Monthly, Estate Tax Planning Advisor, and The Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits.

Mr. Reifler is a licensed attorney in New York and Connecticut, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the ABA, the New York State Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, NASPP, and the CompensationStandards.com Executive Compensation Task Force. He serves on the Advisory Board of Corporate Business Taxation Monthly. In addition, Mr. Reifler is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Reifler was a director of executive compensation at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1998 to 2001. From 1995 to 1998, he was an attorney in the Tax Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City and was a member of the ERISA Practice Group. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Law Offices of Joseph E. Bachelder in New York City, a small law firm that specialized in executive compensation. Prior to 1992, Mr. Reifler was an insurance broker and consultant.

Mr. Reifler graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School in February 1992. He was an Articles Editor of the Law Review for three semesters, and was the recipient of the Law Review Award For Outstanding Editorial Contribution in 1991. He received his bachelors in English Literature from Bard College in 1979.

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