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ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2015

Author(s): Michael J. Albano, Howard Pianko
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Employee Benefits
Published: Feb 2015
PLI Item #: 59262
CHB Spine #: D428

Michael Albano is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Mr. Albano’s practice focuses on executive compensation and benefits matters, including disclosure, governance, taxation, design and negotiation of agreements and arrangements, as well as the executive compensation and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions; pension investment and ERISA fiduciary matters; private equity compensation; and employment law and related matters.

Mr. Albano is recognized as a leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Mr. Albano joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1998.

Mr. Albano is a member of the Bar in New York

Practice Areas:

Employee Benefits

Fiduciary Advisory Services

Executive Compensation

International Benefits


HOWARD PIANKO is the head of Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office benefits practice and the national chair of its Fiduciary Advisory Services practice group.  During his more than thirty-five years of experience in employee benefits law and executive compensation, he has counseled both domestic and international clients on matters running the full benefits gamut.  He originated, and chaired, the PLI pension investment program in the 1980’s; then began co-chairing this program annually in 1991 (21 years ago).  He also co-chairs the PLI Basic Fiduciary Investment Program.

He is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a founding member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association.  He has been recognized for his professional expertise by, among others, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Legal 500 and Super Lawyers.  His current practice focuses extensively on ERISA fiduciary and plan governance matters, executive compensation including cross-border incentive, equity and compensatory schemes and the benefit and employment law aspect of mergers and acquisitions.