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 – Private Equity
  • Tailwind Capital in various portfolio company transactions, as well as ongoing compensation and employment advice relating to portfolio companies, including Colony Hardware, Dermarite Industries, Randys Worldwide, Distinct Holdings, Lone Peak, HMT, Smith Cooper, Abode Healthcare, Banner Solutions and Ventiv Enterprises 
  • Cornell Capital in various portfolio company transactions, as well as ongoing compensation and employment advice relating to portfolio companies, including Frederic Fekkai Brands and Blue Mistral, CitizensRX Holdings, Corelle Brands and its merger with Instant Brands, and other portfolio companies
  • Lightyear Capital in various portfolio company transactions, as well as ongoing compensation and employment advice relating to portfolio companies
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking and co-investors in various portfolio company transactions, as well as ongoing compensation and employment advice relating to portfolio companies
  • Bridgepoint Capital in its acquisition of Safety Technology Holdings Inc.
  • Aetna in its agreement to acquire Humana
  • Crestview Partners in its sale of a majority interest in Key Safety Systems, Inc. and its sale of Symbion Holdings Corporation
M&A Advice – Public and Strategic
  • CenterState Bank Corporation on its $6 billion merger of equals with South State Corporation
  • Equinix on its $335 million acquisition of Packet Host Inc.
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in its $635 million sale of its government consulting practice to Veritas Capital
  • TIAA in its $2.5 billion acquisition of EverBank
  • Novo Nordisk in its $145 million acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to Macrilen from Strongbridge Biopharma
  • Mereo BioPharma Group plc in its combination with OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, and the subsequent listing on Nasdaq
  • One Madison Corporation in its $300 million initial public offering and subsequent business combination with Ranpak Corporation, as well as ongoing advice to Ranpak Corporation
  • VF Corporation in its acquisition of Williamson-Dickies and its sale of its Licensed Sports Group
  • ADP in its acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • MasterCard International in its acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and the TNS Gateway Services business
  • Maidenform Brands, Inc. in its acquisition by Hanesbrands Inc.
  • Chemtura Corporation in its sale of its consumer products business
  • BBVA in its acquisition of Spring Studio as well as ongoing advice on compensation and incentive programs
  • Roche in its: 
    • $1 billion majority investment in Foundation Medicine
    • Acquisition of Iquum, Inc.
    • Partnership with Spero Therapeutics, LLC
IPO and Ongoing Advisory Matters
  • CrowdStrike in its $703.8 million IPO, and ongoing executive compensation and securities advice
  • AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc. in its $316 million IPO, and ongoing executive compensation and securities advice
  • StoneCo Ltd. in its $1.4 billion IPO and ongoing compensation and securities advice
  • Centogene N.V. in its $56 million IPO
  • InflaRX in its $100 million IPO and ongoing compensation and securities advice
  • Entera Bio in its IPO and ongoing compensation and securities advice
  • Ongoing advice on employment, compensation and benefits matters to various public companies, including McKesson, CenterState Bank, S&P Global and EPAM
Other MATTERS
  • General employment advice and incentive compensation advice to various private equity and investment fund clients
  • 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 ERISA fiduciary issues

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

Recognition

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

Of Note

  • Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Director, Advocates for Children of New York

Professional History

  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Counsel, 2015-2016
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2012-2015
  • Shearman & Sterling, 2008-2012

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish