Stuart Slotnick, shareholder in the firm's Litigation section, comments on the divorce of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie, noting the unlikelihood of them having a prenuptial agreement or the divorce affecting Amazon's operations. Read more in USA Today's "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Wife MacKenzie to Divorce After 25 Years of Marriage."
It's unclear whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement. But it is unlikely, says Stuart Slotnick, chairman of the matrimonial department of law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in New York City.
"People get prenuptial agreements when they have assets to protect," Slotnick said. "In this case, they had no real assets vis a vis Amazon because when they got married Amazon did not exist."
That doesn't mean the separating couple have not come to an arrangement, he says. In fact, the statement issued by them both "devoid of emotion," Slotnick said, likely suggests "they might already have an agreement ... (and) be done essentially."
Whatever the agreement, it's unlikely to disrupt Amazon's operations, as that would be counterproductive to an amicable separation, he said. "There would be no reason that the company would be affected by this divorce," Slotnick said.
The piece was also picked up by numerous publications across the country.
Stu also commented in a USA Today follow-up story, "Amazon CEO Bezos Reportedly Didn't Have a Prenup, Dating L.A. TV Anchor-Helicopter Pilot."
The couple could have devised a postnuptial agreement to do so on their own and likely have a deal meant to not rock Amazon. "It's unlikely there’s any risk to the company," said Stuart Slotnick, chairman of the matrimonial department of law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in New York City. "When you are talking over $100 billion there is enough to go around."