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Andrew L. Gaines

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New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0339

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Andrew L. Gaines is a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation Group.


Andrew advises employers on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit plans and their treatment in corporate transactions and in bankruptcy. He also represents employers and executives in the negotiation of employment and severance agreements. Andrew counsels investment fund sponsors on ERISA issues associated with the formation of private investment funds and the structuring of underlying investments. Andrew also frequently counsels large institutional pension investors on fiduciary issues arising in connection with investing in private investment funds, as well as upper-tier arrangements for their partners and employees.

Andrew has been recognized as a leading individual in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 for the past seven consecutive years, with clients describing him as “an incredible subject matter expert who is also very practical.” Recently in 2021, he was recognized as a “Leading Corporate Employment Lawyer” by Lawdragon. Andrew was named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (NY) by The Best Lawyers in America, and has been recognized in both the Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law (NY) categories since 2006.

Andrew frequently advises private funds clients and their portfolio companies, including representations of:

  • Apollo Global Management;
  • Ares Management;
  • Chatham Asset Management;
  • CI Capital Partners;
  • Crestview Partners;
  • General Atlantic;
  • KKR;
  • KPS Capital Partners;
  • Oak Hill Advisors;
  • Palladium Equity Partners;
  • PointState Capital;
  • Silver Point Capital; and
  • Wellspring Capital.

Andrew is a frequent writer and lecturer on executive compensation and employee benefits topics.

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