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Kyoko Takahashi Lin


Kyoko Takahashi Lin

Executive Compensation
New York

Advises boards, companies and executives on compensation, including in connection with M&A, IPOs, joint ventures, leadership transitions and succession planning.

Kyoko advises boards, compensation committees, companies and individual executives on executive, director and employee compensation, including executive employment agreements, deferred compensation, severance plans and other compensatory arrangements. Her practice includes a particular emphasis on issues arising in mergers and acquisitions transactions, initial public offerings, and new and joint ventures, as well as for financial institutions.

Kyoko also advises on the sensitive aspects of senior executive transitions and succession planning, building upon her extensive experience with corporate governance, public company disclosure and tax laws. She is a thought leader in executive compensation and related topics, and is a member of the Practical Law Company’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory Board.

Law360 named Kyoko a “Benefits MVP of the Year” in 2021.

Experience highlights

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Summit Materials on its combination with Argos North American Corp. (Argos USA)
  • Comcast’s acquisitions of various companies, including Sky plc, DreamWorks Animation, Buzzfeed, iControl, FreeWheel Media and SportsEngine
  • Morgan Stanley’s $7 billion acquisition of Eaton Vance, $13 billion acquisition of E*Trade and $900 million acquisition of Solium Capital
  • Mobile Mini’s $6.6 billion merger of equals with WillScot
  • Clarivate’s $6.8 billion combination with CPA Global and $5.3 billion acquisition of ProQuest
  • Shire’s £46 billion acquisition by Takeda and Takeda’s $5.3 billion sale of Xiidra to Novartis
  • IHS Markit’s $44 billion acquisition by S&P Global, $1.855 billion acquisition of Ipreo and $470 million sale of Jane’s Information Group
  • The Williams Companies’ $1.125 billion combined sale of its Four Corners Area business
  • Masco’s $1 billion sale of Masco Cabinetry and $725 million sale of Milgard Manufacturing
  • SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) in connection with its spin-off of Navient
Capital Markets
  • IPOs: ADC Therapeutics, BRP Group, Freeline Therapeutics, Goosehead Insurance, Pactiv Evergreen, Privia Health, REV Group, Reynolds Consumer Products
  • FMC’s IPO of its lithium business (Livent) and its subsequent spin-off of Livent
  • Fogo de Chão’s IPO and subsequent $560 million acquisition by Rhône Capital
Other Matters
  • Davis Polk comment letters to the SEC on various issues, including the clawback rule, the pay versus performance rule, pay ratio rule and Rule 701/Form S-8
  • Advised SIFMA on its comment letter regarding Dodd-Frank Act Section 956 (regarding incentive compensation) and its submission to Treasury
  • Other clients that Kyoko has advised on compensation and benefits issues include AIG, Charles River Laboratories, ExxonMobil, Fifth Third, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Phillip Morris, StoneX and Ventas.
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Chambers USA – Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, New York, Band 1

Law360 – “Benefits MVP of the Year,” 2021

J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., Government, Harvard University
  • magna cum laude
Professional history
  • Partner, 2006-present
  • Davis Polk since 1996
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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