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Mariela Markelis Dybner


Mariela practices primarily in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, advising clients on these aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions. 


Mariela represents both employees and employers in negotiations regarding all aspects of executive compensation--drafting and reviewing high-level employment and separation agreements, including golden parachute payments, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, and ADEA releases. 


Mariela advises on and drafts deferred compensation agreements, severance agreements and other arrangements in order to comply with IRC section 409A restrictions on deferred compensation.


Mariela helps companies develop and implement equity and cash-based incentive plans and reviews and edits plans and policies for companies and non-profits including 401(k) plans, employee handbooks, health insurance plans, flex-time and disability insurance policies.

Mariela advises clients on all aspects of employee benefit plan compliance, including with regard to the requirements of pension plans, ESOPs, 401(k) plans and other retirement programs or arrangements, and drafting plan documents and summary plan descriptions for such plans, as well as submitting such qualified plans for IRS approval.  Mariela can counsel clients regarding compliance with reporting and disclosure obligations and other requirements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) relating to severance plans, insured or self-insured health plans, retiree health, COBRA continuation coverage, multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), cafeteria plans, and other benefit plans or arrangements, as well as advise regarding wrongful termination and employment discrimination matters. 


Mariela has been involved on all aspects of employee benefit plans and executive compensation in corporate transactions.


Mariela is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey.


Prior to joining Dybner & Dybner, Mariela was counsel at Bryant Rabbino LLP, a senior associate at Bryant Burgher & Jaffe LLP, an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and an associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PriceWaterhouse Coopers).


Mariela received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Georgetown University.



Ariel M. Dybner


Ariel M. Dybner concentrates his practice in the area of real estate, with extensive experience in real estate finance, green energy, New Jersey land use, acquisitions and dispositions and leasing.


His experience in real estate finance includes construction finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine finance, workouts, note purchase and sales, airport finance, real estate aspects of municipal finance transactions, tax credit financing and Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 financing.


Ariel advises companies and nonprofits ranging from S&P 500 firms to nonprofits on their green energy programs, including installation of solar panels and fuel cells.


Ariel has extensive knowledge in acquisitions and dispositions, with experience as varied as the sale of an almost $100 million development lot in Manhattan to the purchase of a $250,000 lot for a nonprofit in the south Bronx.


His leasing experience also ranges from negotiating on behalf of a bi-state agency for the development of an office tower over a major transportation hub and the lease of headquaters space for a Fortune 500 company to the lease of warehouse space in New Jersey.


Ariel's corporate experience includes work on the merger of an international food manufacturer with a well-known baby products company, and the merger of several real estate companies, as well as extensive experience drafting resolutions, by-laws and limited liability company operating agreements.


He has more than 15 years of experience representing banks, insurance companies, finance companies, high net worth individuals, nonprofits and municipal agencies in connection with billions of dollars in financings and workouts. He advises landowners, developers and equity investors in developments throughout the United States and the Caribbean.


Ariel is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey.  He is an Attorney Affiliate Member of the National Association of Development Companies.  He served for five years on the Maplewood Zoning Board of Adjustment and was Vice Chair of the Board.


Prior to joining Dybner & Dybner, Ariel was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and an associate at Rogers & Wells LLP (now known as Clifford Chance).


Ariel received his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Columbia University.







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