Veronica M. Wissel
  1. Partner

Ms. Wissel is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group. She advises clients on a variety of compensation-related matters, including the design and implementation of equity, retention and incentive plans, compensation, disclosure and regulatory compliance, and employment negotiations with senior executives, with a particular emphasis on compensation and benefits issues relating to mergers and acquisitions transactions. Additionally, she advises clients with respect to the ERISA aspects of the investment and management of pension plan assets in private funds and other products and arrangements, including hedge funds and private equity funds, and she advises asset managers and broker dealers with respect to the financial products they offer to U.S. pension plans and compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary rules.

Work Highlights

M&A Advice
  • TIAA in its acquisition of EverBank
  • VF Corporation in its acquisition of Williamson-Dickies and its sale of its Licensed Sports Group
  • Tailwind Capital in various acquisitions and ongoing advice relating to portfolio companies, including MetroGistics, Diversified, Colony and DermaRite
  • Lightyear Capital in various acquisitions and sales of portfolio companies, including the sale of RidgeWorth Investments, and its investments in Ygrene Energy Fund, Inc. and Datalot Inc.
  • ADP in its acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • Aetna in its agreement to acquire Humana
  • MasterCard International in its acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and the TNS Gateway Services business
  • BBVA in its acquisition of Spring Studio
  • Roche in its:
    • $1 billion majority investment in Foundation Medicine
    • Acquisition of Iquum, Inc.
    • Partnership with Spero Therapeutics, LLC
  • Crestview Partners in its sale of a majority interest in Key Safety Systems, Inc. and its sale of Symbion Holdings Corporation
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking and Vestar Capital Partners in their acquisition of Hearthside Food Solutions
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in its acquisition of Ipreo Holdings LLC with Blackstone
  • Maidenform Brands, Inc. in its acquisition by Hanesbrands Inc.
  • Chemtura Corporation in its sale of its consumer products business 
Other Matters
  • Major financial institution in connection with ERISA issues relating to a review of trading between its advisory subsidiaries and its broker-dealer subsidiaries
  • Advice to various financial institutions regarding new ERISA fiduciary rule

Other clients that Ms. Wissel has advised on compensation and benefits and corporate governance issues include S&P Global Inc. and XL Group plc.


  •  Legal 500 U.S. – Next Generation Lawyer
  • Law360 – “Rising Star: Benefits,” 2020

Of Note

  • Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2012
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Shearman & Sterling, 2008-2012

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 2003
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2008


  • Spanish