Jordan A. Messinger is a partner and Co-Chair of Willkie’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits department. He has extensive experience advising public and private entities, boards of directors, compensation committees and management teams regarding complex executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including tax, securities law, accounting and corporate governance.
Jordan regularly represents both corporations and partnerships in complex negotiations, including in negotiations of partnership agreements and in connection with large change in control transactions (including, LBOs, M&A transactions, bankruptcies and restructurings, asset sales, and financings). He also has extensive experience in designing, negotiating, drafting and implementing cutting edge plans, programs and policies for compensating, attracting and retaining key executives, employees, partners and board members, including employment, severance, retention, change-in-control, deferred compensation, and equity plans and agreements.
Jordan also represents clients (including debtors in possession, creditors’ committees and distressed debt investors) on the compensation and benefits aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and advises on pension and employee benefits matters in bankruptcy.
Jordan frequently advises hedge fund managers, private equity sponsors, and other investment advisors in designing, negotiating, and implementing complicated compensation, and deferral plans, policies, and arrangements designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of their businesses and/or professionals.
Jordan also works regularly with public companies to prepare executive compensation disclosures for annual proxy statements, initial public offerings, merger proxies and other information statements in connection with corporate transactions and periodic filings.
Chambers USA (2021) ranks Jordan among the leading practitioners in New York in the area of Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits.