Understanding the impact that compensatory packages have in attracting and retaining key management, Vinson & Elkins’ dedicated group of Executive Compensation & Benefits (ECB) lawyers advises companies on all aspects of executive compensation arrangements and employment agreements. We guide clients in the strategic drafting, structuring, negotiation, and complex compliance aspects of equity-based compensation arrangements; employment, severance, change in control, bonus, and retention agreements; and non-qualified retirement and deferred compensation plans.
We counsel public companies, privately held entities,
corporations, partnerships, private equity firms, start-ups, compensation
committees, boards of directors, management teams, and executives on all aspects
of executive compensation arrangements. This range of experience enables us to
see issues from multiple perspectives and design creative compensatory
solutions that mitigate tax ramifications while achieving the specific goals of
our diverse clients. While we have considerable experience in providing tax and
securities law compliance advice with respect to executive and incentive
compensation plans, programs, and agreements, V&E lawyers are also
well versed in representing clients before the IRS, SEC, and other governmental
authorities with respect to executive compensation issues.
Increased scrutiny of the legal complexities
surrounding executive compensation has resulted in expanded regulations, new
legislation, and heightened attention at the state and federal level. V&E's ECB lawyers assist companies in reducing their risk by administering executive
compensation programs that comply with ongoing public policy developments. We
also team with colleagues in our Corporate practice to aid in proper disclosure
of executive compensation and employee benefits matters for federal securities
With the legal
complexities surrounding executive compensation and employee benefits, V&E’s
ECB lawyers have extensive experience handling all compensation and benefit
aspects of acquisitions, sales, mergers, spin-offs, takeovers, leveraged
buy-outs, initial public offerings, and financing transactions. In the context
of compensation and benefits arrangements and agreements, we are skilled at
drafting and negotiating transaction documents to reflect the division of
responsibilities and perform due diligence on target companies and businesses
to identify potential liabilities that need to be allocated among the parties.
V&E’s multidisciplinary resources and experience enable us to coordinate
comprehensive guidance in tax, corporate, and litigation matters to provide
clients with the most pertinent advice.