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Manes Merrit

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J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1977

  • Member, Wake Forest Law Review

M.B.A. in Economics, New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, 1974
B.A. in History, with distinction, University of Wisconsin, 1972

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1977
  • New York, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Manes M. Merrit concentrates his practice in employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Manes has extensive experience with all aspects of planning, structuring, implementing, and maintaining employee benefit and welfare plans and executive compensation arrangements under federal and state laws. He also provides benefits counseling in connection with complex financial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. In addition, he provides ongoing ERISA training programs for clients.

Manes has written articles for the online employee benefits newsletter International Foundation for Retirement Education and has co-authored the Employee Benefits Plans chapter of the treatise "Start-Up & Emerging Companies." He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and previously lectured for the American Management Association's "Fundamentals of Finance for Human Resource Professionals" program.

Prior to joining Olshan, Manes served as a chairman in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group in the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Handled employee benefits aspects of the sale of NuCO2 Inc., the leading and only national provider of bulk CO2 products and services to the U.S. fountain beverage industry, Aurora Capital Group. The transaction was valued at approximately $487 million.
  • Handled employee benefits aspects of the $194 million merger of AmCOMP Inc., an insurance holding company, with Employers Holdings, Inc.
  • Handled employee benefits aspects of the $185 million merger of Everlast Worldwide Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of boxing and fitness-related sporting goods equipment and worldwide licensor of the Everlast brand, with Brands Holding Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Direct International plc, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange.


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