Executive Compensation

Our executive compensation lawyers advise companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and individual executives on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, recapitalizations, spinoffs, workouts and bankruptcies, initial public offerings, and joint ventures and strategic alliances. We also advise 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. 

Our lawyers are widely regarded as leading advisers on such issues as senior executive employment and separation agreements, stock options and other equity-based compensation, golden parachute arrangements, deferred compensation and retirement benefits. 

We advise on ERISA issues applicable to hedge funds and private equity vehicles, as well as ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction concerns arising in connection with venture capital investments and corporate transactions. Our clients also include asset managers, broker-dealers and investment bankers who provide various services to U.S. pension plans. 

Our lawyers appear regularly before governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Labor. In addition, we represent a variety of financial institutions that participate in the Troubled Asset Relief Program.


  • Chambers USA Awards – “Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Team of the Year,” 2017
  • Chambers USA – Band 1 among law firms nationwide in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation matters, 2017
  • Chambers USA – Band 1 among New York law firms in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation matters, 2009-2017
  • Chambers USA – Clients note, "The legal counsel is first-rate. Their sensitivity to judicious billing rates and process is scrupulous and the commercial sense is equivalent to those who engage in business and not just practice law."
  • Chambers USA – Sources also say, “Their performance is top-notch. They are leaders in the field, stay on top of changes and give very smart and practical advice.”