Davis Polk Adds Executive Compensation Partner Adam Kaminsky

Washington DC, July 29, 2019 – Davis Polk today announced that Adam Kaminsky will join the firm as a partner in the Executive Compensation Group in Washington DC.

Mr. Kaminsky will focus principally on private equity-related matters, including advising on the executive compensation aspects of private equity transactions and portfolio company executive compensation matters.

“We are delighted to welcome Adam to the firm,” said Neil Barr, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner. “Adam has considerable experience handling sophisticated compensation matters in the private equity space and this skill set is of tremendous value to our sponsor clients and their portfolio companies.”

Mr. Kaminsky is joining Davis Polk from Fried Frank, where he has been a partner in the Executive Compensation & ERISA department. He has extensive experience advising on the executive compensation and ERISA aspects 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. Mr. Kaminsky has negotiated individual compensation packages for executives of large publicly traded companies, as well as for portfolio companies with private equity sponsors.

“Our clients, those in the private equity sector and more broadly, will benefit greatly from Adam’s substantial experience and insights,” said Edmond FitzGerald, head of Davis Polk’s Executive Compensation Group. “He has a deep understanding of the industry and market and will be instrumental in helping our clients navigate complex compensation matters.”

Adam Kaminsky said, “Davis Polk has an unparalleled reputation. I have known and worked with the attorneys in the Executive Compensation Group at Davis Polk for years, and I am thrilled to join the firm and to work alongside this exceptionally talented team of professionals.”

Mr. Kaminsky is recognized by Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in the employee benefits and executive compensation category. He received a B.A. from Queen’s University in 1999, an M.A. from Syracuse University in 2000 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 2005. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Kaminsky served as a law clerk to Justice Brian Malone of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada.

Davis Polk’s executive compensation lawyers advise companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and individual executives on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, securities offerings, investment fund formation, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinoffs, workouts and bankruptcies. The firm also advises on the recruitment of senior executives, the design and implementation of equity-based retention and other compensation plans, and compliance with applicable tax, securities, disclosure, corporate governance, fiduciary and other requirements.



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