Michael J. Francese

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Michael J. Francese

Michael J. Francese

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

As a partner in Covington’s employee benefits practice group, Mike Francese focuses on counseling clients in matters arising under their employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements with respect to ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and related federal and state laws. He also represents clients before agencies and courts on both the federal and state level, and consults with them in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Mr. Francese’s practice covers a broad spectrum of employee benefit plans and programs, as well as a variety of executive compensation arrangements, such as:

* tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including traditional and hybrid pension plans, 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, and ESOPs;
* non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including top-hat plans, 457(f) arrangements for employees of non-profit employers, and other types of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements;
* equity-based compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, and phantom equity awards;
* health and welfare plans, including cafeteria, medical, disability, and severance plans and arrangements; and
* executive employment and consulting agreements, including change in control, and parachute payment arrangements.

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Michael J. Francese
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP
Education
JD with Honors

Since enrolling its first class in 1865, The George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship. That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times.

AB in Economics

Duke University is an academic university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It also has publications and research services. The university was founded in 1838 and is headquartered in Durham, NC.

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Notes Editor
Prior

The George Washington Law Review is a law review edited and published by students at the George Washington University Law School that examines legal issues of national significance. The review was established in 1932 and publishes six issues each year, containing scholarly articles, essays, and student notes.

Career History
Partner
Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Clerk
Prior

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia (in case citations, D.D.C.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the District are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Political Donations
$250
2009

Vice Chairman & Managing Director at Moelis & Co.

$250
2008

Former Senator from New Hampshire

$250
2007

Former Senator from Nebraska

Transactions
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Elbit Systems Ltd., Elbit Systems of America LLC purchase Harris Corp. /Night Vision Business from Harris Corporation

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Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. purchases PaxVax, Inc. from Ignition Venture Partners LLC, Cerberus Capital Management LP, Unisync Corp.

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Aristocrat Leisure Ltd., Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. purchase Big Fish Games, Inc. from Churchill Downs, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the Virginia Bar
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