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Ali D. Fawaz is a partner in the Tax Department. Ali's practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, with a particular focus on the representation of purchasers and target companies in strategic mergers and acquisitions and private equity buyout transactions. He counsels private and public companies on the structure and design of executive and employee incentive and equity compensation arrangements in corporate transactions, and on the negotiation of high-level executive compensation and termination arrangements.

Ali was named as a "Rising Star" by New York Super Lawyers in 2013, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of New York metropolitan lawyers under the age of 40.

Representative clients and transactions include:

  • Accor in the $1.9 billion sale of its Motel 6 business to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII
  • Amadeus, a publicly traded Spanish company, in its pending $500 million acquisition of Newmarket International, a portfolio company of Court Square Capital Partners
  • Funds affiliated with Ares Management in their $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus Group
  • Bed Bath & Beyond in its $580 million acquisition of Cost Plus, Inc.
  • The Carlyle Group in its $3.8 billion acquisition of NBTY, a global manufacturer and retailer of nutritional supplements
  • The Carlyle Group and MultiPlan in connection with the $3.1 billion sale of MultiPlan Holdings, Inc. to affiliates of Silver Lake Partners and BC Partners in one of the largest secondary buyouts of 2010
  • Ciena Corporation in its successful “stalking horse bid” and $769 million acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networking business
  • Cerveceria Costa Rica S.A., a Costa Rican food and beverage company , in its $388 million acquisition of North American Breweries Holdings, LLC
  • Church & Dwight Co. in its $650 million acquisition of Avid Health, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements
  • GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC in connection with its $828 million acquisition of Protection One, Inc.

Ali also has significant experience in advising clients on a range of executive compensation-related issues in initial public offerings and ongoing public and private company matters. He routinely advises corporations, directors and officers in connection with SEC reporting obligations and periodic reports, including proxy statements, registration statements, Form 8-Ks, and Section 16 filings, and regarding executive compensation disclosure requirements and compliance with Sections 162(m), 280G, 409A and 457A of the U.S. tax code.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Ali practiced for six years at Latham and Watkins LLP.