Ali Nardali is a partner in K&L Gates’ Benefits, ESOPs, and Executive Compensation practice group.
Ali has over 15 years of experience advising U.S. clients on management remuneration matters, with specific focus on governance and disclosure considerations, management transitions, and cash and equity-linked incentive compensation arrangements. Within this focused space, Ali has been involved some of the most high-profile and significant transactions and executive transitions of the last decade, and his clients have included companies, boards, compensation committees, management, investors, and policymakers.
Ali previously took a leave from the firm to lead the executive compensation legal function at a NASDAQ 100 company, assisting the company with three chief executive officer and two president transitions, an approximately 15% increase in the company's "say-on-pay" support from stockholders, and the approval of the company's first post-IPO equity incentive plan in the face of a negative recommendation from prominent proxy advisory firms.
Recent articles authored or co-authored by Ali include pieces published by Bloomberg, CompensationStandards.com, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, and the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (including the seminal article on using cryptocurrencies as compensation).
Ali is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Yale Law Journal. He holds a B.A. in mathematics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "Keeping Up With the Times: SEC Proposes to Modernize Ability of Companies to Grant Equity Compensation," JD Supra, December 2020
- "An Early Holiday for Gig Workers: SEC Proposes to Expand Ability of Companies to Grant Equity Compensation to Gig Economy Workers," JD Supra, November 2020
- "Stock Option Repricing Considerations During the Pandemic," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, May 2020