Razim, Edward A.

Edward A. Razim III

Partner
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Ed Razim is Chair of the Firm's Tax Department and Chair of the Firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group.

Ed's practice includes:

  • Drafting and implementing employee benefit and executive compensation programs for large and small employers
  • Addressing compliance issues regarding Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and various equity compensation plan design matters
  • Addressing employee benefits matters in corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Resolving unique plan design issues faced by controlled groups of corporations or businesses

Ed Razim is Chair of the Firm's Tax Department and Chair of the Firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group.

Ed's practice includes:

  • Drafting and implementing employee benefit and executive compensation programs for large and small employers
  • Addressing compliance issues regarding Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and various equity compensation plan design matters
  • Addressing employee benefits matters in corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Resolving unique plan design issues faced by controlled groups of corporations or businesses
  • Consulting employers and plan administrators on plan design and compliance matters
  • Negotiating with the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on a variety of audit and compliance matters

Ed's representative experience includes:

  • Represented publicly traded company regarding employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising in connection with the spin-off of a subsidiary
  • Represented large employer regarding Affordable Care Act compliance issues, including expansion of eligibility, plan redesign and nondiscrimination testing issues
  • Negotiation of employee benefits aspects of sale of large manufacturing company to an ESOP, including preparation of management employment agreement
  • Negotiation of the employee benefits provisions for the acquisition of a large oilfield services company, including a transition agreement and termination of existing executive compensation agreements
  • Advised clients regarding design of equity incentive arrangements, including restricted stock, phantom stock, stock units, stock options and stock appreciation rights and preparation of related documentation
  • Negotiation of numerous employment and separation agreements on behalf of employers and executives
  • Representation of closely held and public companies in resolving issues arising from Internal Revenue Service audits and U.S. Department of Labor investigations of employee benefit plans
  • Advised client regarding various aspects of pension plan termination, including negotiation and settlement of multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability
Ed’s experience includes employee benefits and executive compensation work in connection with the representation of:

  • Range Resources Corporation in the sale of producing oil and gas properties in the Terryville Field in northern Louisiana by Range Louisiana Operating, LLC, and Range Resources – Louisiana, Inc., to Castleton Resources LLC for $245 million
  • Flow Management Devices, LLC, in a completed acquisition by IDEX Corporation for approximately $125 million
  • Refuel Operating Company, LLC, in its acquisition of the convenience retailing, petroleum marketing and quick-service restaurant assets of Double Quick, Inc.
  • Houston International Insurance Group, Ltd., in the $100 million private placement offering of securities to its existing shareholders
  • Main Street Capital Corporation in a $24.4 million portfolio investment in Cody Pools, Inc., a leading designer and builder of premium, highly customized swimming pools and spas for residential and commercial customers in the United States
  • Main Street Capital Corporation in a $31.8 million portfolio investment to facilitate the minority recapitalization of Classic H&G Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of engineered packaging solutions for the home and garden and fragrance and cosmetic industries
  • Management team of M6 Midstream LLC in equity commitments from management, Yorktown Energy Partners, GSO Capital, Ridgemont Equity Partners, Bengas Midstream and Martin Sustainable Resources
  • DNOW L.P., a subsidiary of NOW Inc., in the sale of its equity in MT Supply, Inc., and Machine Tools Supply de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. to Blackhawk Industrial Distribution, Inc., an industrial equipment supplier
  • Mutual holding company CopperPoint Insurance Group in the completed $900 million acquisition of the privately held parent company of workers’ compensation and liability insurer Alaska National Insurance Company
  • Main Street Capital Corporation in a completed new portfolio investment to facilitate the recapitalization of J&J Services, Inc., a leading provider of roll-off dumpster and portable toilet rental services
  • White Deer Energy in the sale of its portfolio company, On Point Oilfield Holdings, LLC, to Gravity, a leading water and energy infrastructure company backed by affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.
  • RISC Networks, an industry leader in cloud, data center and network operations analytics, in the company’s acquisition by Flexera
  • Woodland Midstream II, LLC, in the announced acquisition of the James Lake System from a privately owned seller
  • Generation Pipeline LLC and its owners in connection with a Federal Trade Commission investigation of a transaction involving the sale of Generation Pipeline to NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, and its member companies, DTE Energy Company and Enbridge Inc., for approximately $160 million
  • NJR Midstream, a business of New Jersey Resources, in the announced acquisition of Leaf River Energy Center, LLC, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for $367.5 million
  • Hunting PLC in the purchase of offshore related oil and gas assets from RTI Energy Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Arconic, Inc., for a total value of $12.5 million
  • Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest independent distributor of Anheuser-Busch beverages, in the sale of Silver Eagle’s Greater Houston-area business to a subsidiary of Redwood Capital Investments, LLC
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Education
  • J.D.,

    cum laude

    , Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
  • B.A., Political Science,

    cum laude

    , Miami University, 1989
  • B.A., International Studies,

    cum laude

    , Miami University, 1989
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
Professional Affiliations
    • Chairman, ERISA Industry Group
    • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member and Past Chair, IRS Gulf States Key District TE/GE Council
    • Member, SouthWest Benefits Association (Past Chair, Education Committee)
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (2008-2010, 2013-2021)
    • Named, Houston Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America® (2020)
    • Named, Chambers USA, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2019-2020)
    • Named, Texas Super Lawyers®, Employee Benefits (2013-2020)
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star (2005-2007)
Community Leadership
    • Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Member, Adjunct Law Faculty, Southern Methodist University School of Law
      • Taxation of Deferred Compensation (2000-2006)
      • Employee Benefits Law (2001-2005)