Jennifer Neilsson is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s New York office. Jennifer focuses her practice on employee benefits and ERISA Title I. Jennifer has significant experience advising clients regarding investment-related issues that arise under ERISA. Prior to joining the Firm, Jennifer served as a partner and vice chair of the Institutional Investor Practice Group at another international law firm, where she helped lead a team that advised investors in connection with making more than $25 billion in alternative investments each year from 2016-2019. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at conferences and panels on ERISA Title I and private equity matters.
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Recognized Attorney, Private Equity Funds, The Legal 500 United States (2018-2019)
Recognized Attorney, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, The Legal 500 United States (2019)
New York University School of Law, 2007 LL.M.
SMU Dedman School of Law, 2006 J.D.
Cum Laude, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, SMU Law Review
Butler University, 2003 B.S.
Jennifer Neilsson is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s New York office. Jennifer focuses her practice on assisting the Firm’s private fund clients with issues related to ERISA Title I. Specifically, she focuses on ERISA issues that arise in connection with the structuring and operation of private funds, investor negotiations in connection with fund raising activities, and ongoing compliance. She has in-depth knowledge assisting private funds avoid being subject to the fiduciary obligations arising under ERISA by complying with the “venture capital operating companies”, “real estate operating companies”, or “25% test” exceptions under the plan asset regulation.
Additionally, Jennifer assists clients with identifying issues arising under, and in compliance with, the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA and applicable regulatory requirements related to retirement plans and executive compensation arrangements. She is well-versed in drafting plan documents, plan amendments, participant communication and helping clients navigate retirement plan corrections and Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits.
Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Jennifer was a partner at another international law firm. Jennifer received her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and her B.S. in Accounting from Butler University. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at conferences and panels on ERISA Title I and private equity matters.