Seasoned Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Lawyer Peter J. Marathas, Jr. Joins Proskauer Rose as Partner

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm with more than 750 lawyers worldwide, announced that Peter J. Marathas, Jr., a seasoned employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer, has joined the firms Boston office as a partner.

“In particular, his work advising private equity fund clients on compensation arrangements and his understanding of the complex issues involved with carried interest will provide us with a significant level of sophistication in the area.”

Mr. Marathas advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and individual clients on all matters related to employee benefits and executive compensation including tax, securities law, accounting, ERISA, and corporate governance issues.

Peters experience will provide a fertile platform for our continued growth in Boston and the overall footprint of our internationally recognized Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law Group, said Allen I. Fagin, Chairman of Proskauer Rose. In particular, his work advising private equity fund clients on compensation arrangements and his understanding of the complex issues involved with carried interest will provide us with a significant level of sophistication in the area.

Previously a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLC in Boston and co-leader of the firms Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, Mr. Marathas has a long history advising clients of all types in the United States and Europe including substantial experience working with alternative investment and private equity funds. As part of Proskauers employee benefits and executive compensation practice, which recently received a prestigious Second Band ranking in Chambers USA, he will advise: major corporations, especially in the financial services sector, with respect to their single-employer employee benefit plans; executives and corporations in connection with highly sophisticated executive compensation issues; and the firms transactional practices, particularly in regard to their private equity, venture capital and hedge fund work.

Mr. Marathas regular handling of matters affecting compensation of senior executives includes the negotiation and development of executive employment and severance agreements, retention and change-of-control agreements, non-qualified deferred compensation, SERPs, performance arrangements, and long- and short-term incentive arrangements, stock compensation plans, and deferred compensation plans. He also has extensive experience dealing with qualified retirement plans such as 401(k) plans and welfare and fringe benefit arrangements and the various laws and regulations governing them including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the Internal Revenue Code, and other federal and state laws.

Before practicing law, Mr. Marathas was the director of non-clinical training and education for a major, not-for-profit health care corporation and taught business and technical writing at the University of Illinois and Bradley University. He also served two years with the U.S. Peace Corps. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and his M.A. and B.A. from Bradley University.

Proskauers Boston office, which has been named the fastest-growing in the city by Boston Business Journal for two consecutive years, now has over 100 lawyers and is home to one of the countrys top private equity and finance practices, representing over 150 funds and lenders worldwide, and nationally ranked intellectual property litigation, labor and employment, and corporate governance and transactional practices.

The firms Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law Practice Group addresses the full spectrum of compensation issues. The group regularly advises both publicly held and privately held companies, domestic and multinational, on analyzing, designing, implementing and administering executive compensation programs. Proskauer also advises senior-level executives on executive compensation arrangements and provides clients with advice on all aspects of compensation and benefits for senior executives and other management employees in addition to addressing tax, ERISA, corporate, securities, stock exchange, employment law and accounting issues.

About Proskauer Rose

Proskauer Rose, founded in 1875, is one of the nation's largest law firms, providing a wide variety of legal services to clients throughout the United States and around the world from offices in Boca Raton, Boston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Paris, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C. The firm has wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses and individuals including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial litigation, corporate governance matters, conducting internal corporate investigations, white collar criminal defense, private equity and fund formation, patent and intellectual property litigation and prosecution, labor and employment law, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, trusts and estates, and taxation. Its clients span industries including chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, information technology, insurance, internet, lodging and gaming, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation. The firm can be found online at http://www.proskauer.com.

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