KARIM PIRANI is a corporate associate in Sidley’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice.
Karim regularly counsels clients on executive compensation, equity compensation and employee benefits issues in connection with corporate transactions. His practice also includes advising both publicly and privately held corporations in designing and establishing equity incentive plans and employment, severance, retention, change in control, and other compensation-related arrangements.
Recent examples of M&A transactions on which Karim has advised include:
- Anixter International in its $4.5 billion sale to WESCO International, Inc.
- Pandora Media, Inc. in its sale to Sirius XM Holdings for $3.5 billion, which combined the world’s leading satellite radio company with the leading U.S. internet radio company.
- Volkswagen AG in its proposed co-investment with Ford Motor Company in autonomous vehicle technology company, Argo AI, valuing Argo at US $7.1 billion.
- Apollo Global Management in its $2.6 billion acquisition of publicly traded Aspen Insurance Holdings.
- The Navigators Group in its $2.1 billion all-cash sale to The Hartford.
Karim maintains an active pro bono practice and was recognized as the 2019 Rookie of the Year by the National Immigrant Justice Center for his work to help asylees and refugees obtain lawful permanent resident status and bring family members to the United States.
Karim earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, summa cum laude and served as Research Editor for the Duke Law Journal. Karim earned his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in both History and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Chicago.