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NYU REYNOLDS Expert Advisors


Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Reynolds Expert Advisor in Project-Specific Legal Matters
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Michael Nissan has a wide ranging practice in private equity focusing primarily on executive compensation and related matters, including representation of both senior executives and management teams as well as employers. He also regularly represents investment professionals in connection with their joining or separating from private investment firms.

In addition, Mr. Nissan represents private funds and their sponsors in connection with their formation and also represents institutional investors in such funds.

Mr. Nissan has been awarded the highest ranking by Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers. He was the founding chairman of the Private Investment Fund Forum and continues to serve as a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Private Equity Terms and Conditions - The Current State of the Market for Venture Capital, Buyout, and Mezzanine Funds, published by Asset Alternatives Inc.

Mr. Nissan currently teaches Private Investment Funds at Columbia Law School, where he is a Lecturer in Law, and has also taught Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing. He also lectures on a variety of topics relating to private equity and has spoken at numerous conferences including the Private Equity Analyst Conference, the Private Equity Roundup and the Buyouts Symposium.

Mr. Nissan also has been active in pro bono matters and community service. He served as chairman of the firm's Pro Bono Committee from 1994 to 2000. Currently, he serves as pro bono general counsel to Baby Buggy, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing gently used and new items for needy families in New York City with infants and young children. He also has served as a trustee of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and as counsel to its board of trustees and also as a member of the board of directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, The Legal Aid Society, Lawyers Alliance of New York and Big Apple Greeters, Inc.

A summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, with a dual major in economics and psychology, Mr. Nissan holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.