Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky is a member of both the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits and Securities Groups. Her practice focuses on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the tax and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions and on the design, negotiation and implementation of employee agreements, equity-based incentive and other compensation programs for public and private companies, financial sponsors, management groups and individual executives.

Ms. Pagel Serebransky also advises clients on compensation-related corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance, and analyzing and complying with applicable SEC registration, reporting and disclosure requirements.

Ms. Pagel Serebransky is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, where one impressed client notes, “She was terrific at answering our questions, but also in raising issues that we were unfamiliar with.” She is also recommended by The Legal 500 US in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, where clients note that she “is particularly good” and “responsive and vastly experienced.”

She is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association (Business Section, Federal Regulation of Securities, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Section 16 Subcommittee) and the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Pagel Serebransky joined Debevoise in 1987 and became a partner in 1995. She received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1980 and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1984, where she was an editor of the Hastings Law Journal.


  • AmTrust Financial Services in the sale of its domestic and international surety and credit reinsurance operations to Liberty Mutual.
  • Risk Strategies in its acquisition of Krauter & Company, a leading specialty firm focused on the risk and insurance needs of private equity firms and their portfolio companies nationwide.
  • KeyBank in its acquisition of Laurel Road’s affinity-focused digital lending business.
    Quarton International in its sale to Cowen.
  • The Carlyle Group in its sale of a majority stake in Getty Images to the Getty family.
  • HCA Healthcare in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Mission Health, a nonprofit North Carolina health system.
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of an outstanding interest in NEP Group from Crestview Partners.
  • Risk Strategies, a Kelso & Company portfolio company, in its acquisition of Oxford Risk Management, an established leader in alternative risk and captive insurance and consulting.
  • Citizens Financial in its acquisition of Franklin American Mortgage.
  • The Carlyle Group in its strategic minority investment in DiscoverOrg, the leading global sales and marketing intelligence platform.
  • Nationstar Mortgage, a leading mortgage servicer and originator, in its $3.8 billion merger with WMIH.
  • American International Group in its $5.56 billion acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
  • Discovery Communications in its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
  • Temasek in its strategic investment in BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain software and services.
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of MedRisk, a provider of managed physical medicine to the workers’ compensation industry.
  • AmTrust Financial Services in a strategic transaction with Madison Dearborn for a portion of AmTrust’s U.S. fee businesses valued at $1.15 billion.
  • Senior management of Apple Leisure Group in connection with the acquisition of Apple Leisure by private equity funds sponsored by KKR.
  • Citizens Financial in its acquisition of Western Reserve Partners, a merger and acquisition advisory firm.
  • Sawai Pharmaceutical in its $1.5 billion acquisition of the generic pharmaceuticals business of Upsher-Smith Laboratories.
  • Allergan in its $2.47 billion acquisition of ZELTIQ, a medical technology company focused on utilizing its proprietary CoolSculpting controlled-cooling technology platform, the sales leader in the fast-growing body contouring segment of medical aesthetics.
  • Empowerment Ventures and its wholly-owned subsidiary UniRush, a pioneer in the development of reloadable prepaid debit cards, in the sale of UniRush to Green Dot.
  • Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, in its acquisition of Mesirow Insurance Services.
  • Dover Corporation in its $780 million acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems from Riverstone Holdings.
  • The Dolan family, the controlling stockholders of Madison Square Garden, in the spin-off of Madison Square Garden’s live sports and entertainment businesses.
  • The Dolan family, controlling stockholders of Cablevision Systems Corporation, in Cablevision’s $17.7 billion sale to Altice.
  • American Securities and P2 Capital Partners in their $855 million acquisition of Blount International.
  • Discovery Communications in its $195 million investment in Lions Gate Entertainment.
  • Stone Point Capital in its significant equity investment in specialty insurance broker Alliant Insurance Services, with KKR retaining a significant equity investment in the business.
  • Standard General in its acquisition of over 1,700 RadioShack stores in alliance with Sprint as part of RadioShack’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Diamond Castle in the acquisition by its portfolio company Beacon Health of ValueOptions, the largest independent behavioral healthcare and wellness company in the U.S.
  • Dealer Tire in its receipt of a significant investment by Lindsay Goldberg and redemption of TA Associates’ ownership interests.
  • One Equity Partners, the principal investment arm of JPMorgan, in its spin-out and related primary and secondary transactional matters.
  • TPG Growth in its investment in Big River Steel.
  • Stone Point Capital in its sale of Genex, a provider of healthcare and disability management services, to Apax Partners.
  • Syniverse, a Carlyle Group portfolio company, in its $290 million acquisition of Aicent.
  • StoneRiver Group in the formation of a joint venture with funds managed by Kelso & Company in which StoneRiver Group’s Progressive Medical was merged with PMSI.
  • Fidelity & Guaranty Life in its $190.6 million initial public offering.
  • New Young Broadcasting in its $2.2 billion merger with Media General to combine the two local broadcast television and digital media companies.
  • FNBNY Bancorp and its sponsor, Modern Capital Partners, in FNBNY’s acquisition of Madison National Bancorp and its subsidiary, Madison National Bank.
  • Gogo in its $187 million initial public offering of common stock.
  • The Carlyle Group in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Getty Images.
  • Senior management of The TCW Group, a leading diversified asset management company, in the acquisition of The TCW Group by management and private equity funds sponsored by The Carlyle Group.
  • Oriental Trading Company in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Access Industries in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group.
  • J.C. Flowers and Crump Group in the sale of the life and property and casualty insurance divisions of Crump to BB&T Corporation.
  • The Dolan family in the tax-free spin-offs of AMC Networks and Madison Square Garden and related businesses from Cablevision Systems Corporation.
  • Domtar in its $315 million acquisition of Attends Healthcare. Debevoise acted as employee benefits counsel.
  • Aspen Marketing Services in its sale to Alliance Data Systems Corporation.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in its $238 million initial public offering.
  • Altegrity and Providence Equity Partners in their $1.13 billion acquisition of Kroll from Marsh & McLennan.
  • Pernod Ricard in its $575 million sale of the Wild Turkey business to Gruppo Campari.
  • The Carlyle Group in its $2.54 billion acquisition of Booz Allen Hamilton’s U.S. government consulting business.
  • Pernod Ricard in its €5.6 billion acquisition of the Vin & Sprit Group, makers of Absolut vodka, from the Kingdom of Sweden in one of the largest cross-border privatizations of 2008.
  • Rank Group in its $2.7 billion purchase of Alcoa’s packaging and consumer businesses.


  • University of California at Hastings, College of the Law, 1984, J.D.
  • Claremont McKenna College, 1980, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York


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