Michael Nissan heads Weil’s private equity executive compensation and benefits practice and is based in the New York office. Mr. Nissan primarily represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in structuring management compensation arrangements. He also represents management teams and senior executives in connection with their employment arrangements and investment professionals in connection with their joining and separating from private investment firms.
Mr. Nissan’s clients include Advent International Corporation, Berkshire Partners, Centerbridge Partners, EQT Partners, Lee Equity Partners, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners, Snow Phipps and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Mr. Nissan is recommended in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by Legal 500 US, where clients note his “exceptional knowledge and experience, as well as a commitment to client service.” Mr. Nissan has also been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and has been awarded the highest ranking by Chambers Global. Mr. Nissan was the founding Chairman of the Private Investment Fund Forum and continues to serve as a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Private Equity Terms and Conditions – The Current State of the Market for Venture Capital, Buyout, and Mezzanine Funds, published by Asset Alternatives Inc.
Mr. Nissan currently teaches Private Investment Funds and has also taught Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing at Columbia Law School, where he is a Lecturer in Law. He has also lectured on management equity arrangements in private equity at Stanford Law School.
Mr. Nissan also has been active in pro bono matters and community service and has served as Chairman of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Currently, he serves as pro bono general counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of Good+ Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing gently used and new items for needy families with infants and young children. He also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Association of New York City, a charitable organization that provides suicide hotline services nationally and other mental health services. He recently joined the Board of Directors of Reel Works, an organization that provides free filmmaking programs for NYC youth.