Robert C. Fleder

Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Robert C. Fleder

Robert C. Fleder

Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

Of counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, Robert Fleder has handled ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation matters for over 40 years. Described in U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers as "without question the 'Dean of the Bar' in his practice area globally, period," Rob is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the United States in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, by peer review organizations Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America.

EXPERIENCE

Rob has extensive and sophisticated experience in the legal, accounting, actuarial and human resource issues connected with the implementation and operation of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. In numerous merger and acquisition transactions, he has addressed the issues that arise in connection with the assumption of (or failure to assume) benefit plans and other employee obligations. His major transactions include representation of the airline pilots who led the successful multi-billion dollar effort to have employees acquire a majority stake in United Airlines through an ESOP.

Rob has been involved in defending and settling significant ERISA fiduciary claims involving private plaintiffs and the Department of Labor. Additionally, he has done much work in advising on ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries. Corporate bankruptcies often require major support on benefits and executive compensation, and Rob has significant experience with PBGC, the federal agency that insures underfunded pensions when a plan sponsor fails, and dealing with multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability.

Rob has provided employee benefit and executive compensation advice in connection with high-profile, multi-billion dollar and cutting-edge transactions, including:

* AbitibiBowater Inc., and certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries, as U.S. bankruptcy and securities counsel in their complex U.S. chapter 11 and Canadian insolvency proceedings;
* General Atlantic Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in their $1.65 billion acquisition of TASC, Inc., a provider of advanced systems engineering and technical assistance to the defense, intelligence, federal, state and local markets, from Northrop Grumman;
* JH Investments, Oaktree Capital Management and TPG Capital in their $1.2 billion acquisition of the North American home building business of Taylor Wimpey, the U.K.'s second-largest home builder;
* An affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in connection with its approximately $160 million acquisition of the assets of Angelica Corporation, a Georgia-based provider of textile rental and linen management services to the U.S. healthcare market, under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code (union and pension issues involved);
* KPS Special Situations Fund in connection with several U.S. and non-U.S. turnaround and carve-out acquisitions in manufacturing, transportation, auto parts and other industries;
* Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., a leading U.S. aluminum producer, and its subsidiaries in connection of their chapter 11 cases, including the sales of Noranda’s upstream and downstream businesses (various pension issues involved);
* Oak Hill Capital Partners in a variety of matters, including the $900 million sale of its portfolio company Primus International, a leading supplier of highly engineered metallic and composite parts, kits and assemblies to the global aerospace industry, to Precision Castparts Corp;
* Oaktree Capital Management, LP in a variety of matters, including as the primary sponsor in the reorganization of Aleris International, Inc., a global leader in aluminum rolled products, extrusions and recycling, allowing Aleris to emerge from chapter 11 protection;
* RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion merger with United Rentals, creating a leading North American equipment rental company that is expected to accelerate United Rental's growth with industrial customers;
* Time Warner Cable Inc. in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications Co., owned by the Carlyle Group, MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners, in a transaction that joins two of the ten largest U.S. cable operators;
* Walter Energy, Inc., a leading producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, in its chapter 11 case (various pension issues involved); and
* Warner Music Group in its $3.3 billion going private sale to Access Industries.

Rob is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association and has written and lectured extensively. He is a past co-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1973

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

MA
Class of 1971

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

B.A.
Class of 1969

Columbia College is a relatively small, coeducational, residential college situated in a large and complex university. These circumstances work to the advantage of our students, who often enjoy the individual, personal attention that only a small college can provide and, at the same time, attend classes that offer an impressive array of intellectual challenges and rewards.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group
Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Co-Chair, Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section
Prior

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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2013

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

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To promote the equitable development of post-Apartheid South Africa and neighboring countries by guaranteeing bank loans to low-income borrowers so that they may support their families, build or expand their dwellings or start businesses which in turn generate employment for others in their communities.

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2017

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2014

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

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Dfw Capital Partners, Inc. purchases Vertex Group, Inc. from Oak Hill Capital Management LLC, Knox Lawrence International LLC, GenNx360 Capital Partners

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Advent International Corp. purchases AccentCare, Inc. from Oak Hill Capital Management LLC

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(The) Jordan Company purchases Sabre Industries, Inc. from Kohlberg & Company LLC

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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