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Clark Hill Adds Mark Kossow as Member of Banking and Financial Services Group in Princeton

January 9, 2019

Practice Focuses on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)  

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January 9, 2019, PRINCETON, NJ – Clark Hill PLC today announced the addition of Mark Kossow to the firm as a Member in its Princeton, New Jersey office, in the Banking & Financial Services Group.  He joins the firm from Archer where he had been a partner in the Employee Benefit/Executive Compensation/ERISA and Tax practices.

“We are delighted that Mark has joined Clark Hill,” said Jeffrey Conn, Leader of Clark Hill’s Banking & Financial Services Group. He brings a significant depth of experience regarding Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) which will complement the growth of Clark Hill’s national ESOP practice in this area.”

A nationally recognized authority on ESOPS, Kossow counsels companies, shareholders, directors, banks and trustees on both transactional and non-transactional ESOP-related issues.  Kossow’s transactional experience includes representing clients in leveraged and non-leveraged ESOP transactions, such as stock purchases, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.   His non-transactional ESOP experience includes advising companies with regard to corporate governance issues, succession planning, ESOP plan design and compliance, and ERISA fiduciary issues.

“I’m excited to join Clark Hill’s Princeton office,” said Kossow. “The firm’s Banking & Financial Services Group provides the depth of practice needed to take the next step in my expanding ESOP practice.”

“Mark is a great addition to our growing team of lawyers in the Princeton office,” said Matthew Vigunas, Member-in-Charge of the Princeton office.  “With an expanding, sophisticated client base in this region, Mark brings a unique background in a much needed area of practice that greatly enhances the value proposition we are able to offer.”

In addition to Kossow’s ESOP practice, he counsels clients with regard to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and has experience with other qualified retirement plans.

Kossow earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, with distinction, from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business, a J.D., from the Albany Law School cum laude, and earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.  He is a member of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and is Vice President  at the New York / New Jersey Chapter of the ESOP Association.  Kossow is a frequent speaker at both ESOP conferences and to business owners and has published numerous articles on ESOP issues.

Founded in 1890, Clark Hill has been significantly expanding since 2013, beginning with the addition of 100 lawyers from Thorp Reed & Armstrong.  In 2017, the firm merged with Los Angeles-based Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, adding some 100 lawyers, and in 2018 the firm combined with Texas-based Strasburger & Price, adding 200 more lawyers in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City.

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