Michael Nissan heads Weil’s private equity executive compensation and benefits practice and is based in New York. Michael 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.
Michael’s clients include Advent International Corporation, Berkshire Partners, Centerbridge Partners, EQT Partners, Lee Equity Partners, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Snow Phipps and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation in New York by Chambers USA, where he is described as "a great lawyer who is always very responsive and helpful." He is also 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.” Michael has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, has been awarded the highest ranking by Chambers Global and named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers. Michael 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.
Michael 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 and on private equity funds at Harvard Business School.
Michael 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 Vibrant Emotional Health, a charitable organization that provides suicide hotline services nationally and other mental health services.