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Adam Kaminsky


Adam Kaminsky

Executive Compensation
Washington DC

Focuses on executive compensation aspects of private equity matters, including advising on compensation related to PE transactions and for portfolio companies.

Adam’s executive compensation practice focuses principally on private equity matters, including advising on the executive compensation aspects of private equity transactions and on compensation matters for portfolio companies.

Adam has extensive experience advising on the executive compensation and ERISA aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and spinoffs. He also advises public and private companies on the design, implementation and administration of equity and cash compensation arrangements; the negotiation of executive employment agreements, severance and change in control arrangements; and related corporate governance and disclosure matters.

He has negotiated individual compensation packages for executives of large publicly traded companies, as well as for executives of portfolio companies with private equity sponsors.

Experience highlights

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Clarivate’s $6.8 billion combination with CPA Global
  • Roper Technologies’ $5.35 billion acquisition of Vertafore
  • Traton’s $3.7 billion acquisition of Navistar
  • 23andMe $3.5 billion merger with Virgin Group’s VG Acquisition
  • Payoneer’s $3.3 billion combination with FTAC Olympus Acquisition
  • MoneyLion’s $2.4 billion combination with Fusion Acquisition
  • Symphony Technology Group’s $2.075 acquisition of RSA from Dell Technologies
  • Silver Spike Acquisition Corp.’s $1.5 billion business combination with WM Holding Company
  • Galaxy Digital’s $1.2 billion acquisition of BitGo, domestication to U.S. and listing
  • Olam Food Ingredients’ $950 million acquisition of Olde Thompson
  • Sycamore Partners’ $540 million acquisition of certain brands from Ascena Retail Group
  • Cerberus’ $204 million investment in Comscore
  • Bristol Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Forbius
  • Fiera Capital’s sale of Bel Air to Hightower
  • GHK Capital Partners’ acquisition of Hasa, Inc. and related acquisition financing
  • Lightyear Capital’s sale of Therapy Brands to KKR
  • Lightyear Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s acquisition of Allworth Financial
  • Sterling Equities and the New York Mets on sale of the New York Mets Major League Baseball franchise
  • Truist’s sale of BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital
Capital Markets
  • IPOs: American Well Corporation, Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Coursera, Disruptive Acquisition Corporation, Hayward Holdings, Playtika Holding Corp., Rackspace Technology, Inc., Valor Latitude, Vasta Platform Limited, and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services
  • Endurance International Group’s senior notes offering
  • Ranpak Holdings Corp.’s exchange offer and consent solicitation

Before joining Davis Polk, Adam advised on the compensation and benefits aspects of transactions including:

  • Kate Spade’s acquisition by Coach
  • Informatica’s acquisition by Permira and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group’s definitive agreement to acquire the equity interests in 21 regional sports networks and Fox College Sports from Walt Disney Corporation
  • AEA’s acquisition of 24 Hour Fitness
  • Onex’s acquisition and sale of Jack’s Family Restaurants
  • WeddingWire’s acquisition by Permira, followed by WeddingWire’s acquisition of XO Group
  • The spinoffs of SPX FLOW by SPX, Phillips 66 by Conoco Phillips, Mallinckrodt by Covidien and Suncoke Energy by Sunoco
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Legal 500 U.S. – Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional, Next Generation Partner

LL.B., University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law
M.A., Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University
B.A., Economics and History, Queen's University
Law Clerk, Hon. Brian Malone, Federal Court of Appeal of Canada, 2005-2006
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2019-present
  • Partner, Fried Frank, 2016-2019
  • Associate, Fried Frank, 2014-2016
  • Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 2010-2013
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling, 2006-2010
Qualifications and admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
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