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Shira Selengut

Senior Counsel

New York

Selengut Shira
Shira Selengut

Senior Counsel

New York

Shira has a diversified practice in the employment and benefits field, with a primary focus on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She advises private investment funds and financial institutions on complex ERISA matters, including the application of the Plan Assets Regulation promulgated thereunder and ERISA’s fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules. She advises lenders and borrowers in structured loan facilities, and underwriters, issuers, dealers, collateral managers and investors in asset-backed securities, covered bonds, collateralized loan obligations, derivatives and other structured finance transactions with respect to ERISA.

Shira also has extensive experience advising clients on U.S. employee benefits and executive compensation issues in the context of U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including reorganizations and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and funding transactions and financing arrangements. She also advises public and private companies and private equity firms on the design and implementation of their annual and long-term incentive compensation plans, hiring and reduction of their workforce, employment, consulting and separation agreements, severance and retention arrangements, restrictive covenants, equity and equity-based incentive compensation arrangements, taxation as it relates to compensation, and securities and regulatory laws.

Shira graduated, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2008, and with Highest Honors from the Rutgers Business School in 2004. Prior to attending law school, Shira worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Following law school, Shira worked as an associate in the tax group of a major U.S. law firm for three years before joining Allen & Overy’s U.S. Employment and Benefits practice in 2011.

News & insights


Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

2021/2022 – Another eventful year for Thai competition law

While the ongoing global pandemic has had a temporary braking effect on some business sectors and international travel, Thai competition law has continued to develop at pace in an attempt to catch up…

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Publications: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

New Federal Law By Decree No.32 of 2021 on Commercial Companies

Introduced yesterday, The New Companies Law brings a number of amendments, most notable of which is the introduction of special purpose acquisition companies and special purpose vehicles.

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News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Avenga on the acquisition of Perfectial Group

Allen & Overy has advised Avenga, an international IT and digital transformation technology group, on the acquisition of Perfectial Group.

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Publications: 12 MARCH 2021

Webinar: A global view on whistleblowing – what is the current and anticipated landscape?

By the end of 2021, EU member states must have transposed the requirements of the new EU Whistleblower Protection Directive into national legislation.

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Employment and Benefits


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2009

Admitted: Bar of the State of New Jersey, 2008


J.D., Fordham University Law School, 2008

B.S., magna cum laude, Rutgers Business School, 2004