New York, NY November 10, 2014 – Lowenstein Sandler LLP is expanding its executive compensation team for its private equity, hedge fund, venture capital and other clients with the addition of James E. Gregory as a partner in the firm. Mr. Gregory has joined Lowenstein Sandler’s Employee Benefit and Executive Compensation practice in its New York office.  He was previously a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. 

Gary M. Wingens, Lowenstein Sandler’s chairman and managing partner, said, “Lowenstein Sandler is well known for providing comprehensive legal services to many of the leading private equity, hedge and venture capital funds, as well as to dozens of early-stage tech and biotech companies throughout the U.S., with a particular concentration in New York City and Silicon Valley.  These funds and their executives have sophisticated employment and compensation legal needs, for which Jim’s special legal and business skills are well suited. We know that Jim shares our client and colleague-centered values and strong entrepreneurial orientation, as well as an exceptional work ethic.  We are proud to welcome him to our New York office.”

Steven E. Siesser, Chair of the Firm’s Specialty Finance Group, said, “Jim’s addition to our team represents another step in our focused expansion of our growing middle-market transactional practice.  In the last 12 months, we added partners to the team from Wachtell, Kirkland and Ropes & Gray.  Year to date, this team has represented clients in several billion dollars of M&A transactions.  We continue to gain market share, and we are building out our team by adding outstanding talent like Jim to support this growth.”

Mr. Gregory focuses on structuring employment agreements, equity compensation, performance incentives, deferred compensation, change in control protections, management participation in buyouts and new ventures and severance and separation arrangements.

He represents private and public companies, start-ups, private equity and hedge funds, as well as CEOs and other senior executives, portfolio managers and entrepreneurs seeking advice on a wide variety of executive compensation, tax and related legal matters, including the laws governing limited liability companies and Tax Code Section 409A, governing deferred compensation.

Mr. Gregory also advises both employers and employees on the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and other post-employment restrictive covenants and has an active international practice, counseling companies and individuals regarding cross-border mobility and employment issues.

Mr. Gregory said, “Lowenstein Sandler counsels many of the most influential pooled investment funds and companies, and its business model encourages deeper relationships that address the full range of its clients’ legal needs.  Its national footprint creates exciting opportunities to grow and build a practice, and its entrepreneurial spirit and the friendly collegiality of its lawyers and staff are infectious.  I am delighted to be here.”

Mr. Gregory earned a LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law, J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and B.A. from Swarthmore College. 

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