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Regina K. Ibarra

Regina K. Ibarra Counsel, Executive Compensation & Benefits

Regina’s practice focuses on a wide range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters. A significant portion of her practice involves the design of executive compensation arrangements, including employment, severance, and change in control agreements; incentive arrangements; deferred compensation plans; and equity-based compensation awards and arrangements. She also advises clients in advanced tax matters associated with executive compensation arrangements, such as 162(m) performance-based compensation issues, transactions involving golden parachute payments, Section 409A deferred compensation compliance, and matters involving Section 83 transfers of property.

Regina regularly assists clients with respect to securities law disclosure and shareholder approval issues involving compensatory arrangements for executive officers and directors, as well as corporate governance issues related to executive compensation. She works closely with the firm’s Corporate and Finance practice groups on executive compensation and benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and finance transactions, initial public offerings, corporate governance matters, securities offerings, and international transactions.

Regina has extensive experience in all aspects of the design, drafting, implementation, and ongoing administration of qualified and non-qualified plans and arrangements, including defined benefit plans, 401(k) and profit-sharing plans, equity-based compensation vehicles, deferred compensation arrangements, change-in-control and severance arrangements, employment agreements, and welfare and fringe benefit programs. Her practice also involves fiduciary liability under ERISA, including litigation involving various employee benefit issues, as well as representing companies in the submission of tax-qualified retirement plans to the Internal Revenue Service for determination of tax-exempt status and for voluntary corrections and resolution of tax qualification issues.

Experience Highlights

  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $60 billion merger with Energy Transfer Equity in a unit-for-unit exchange 
  • Focus Financial Partners Inc. in its $615 million initial public offering of common stock utilizing an Up-C structure
  • Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. in its $728 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Nexeo Solutions, a chemicals and plastics distributor and TPG Capital portfolio company, in its $1.575 billion merger with WL Ross Holdings Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed by WL Ross
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $360 million initial public offering of common stock 
  • Frank’s International N.V. in its $759 million initial public offering of common stock
  • Rice Energy Inc. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock
  • Continental Airlines in its $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines
  • A publicly traded Fortune 500 oil and gas company in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation
  • A publicly traded global oil services company in all aspects of executive compensation matters


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.4788
F +1.713.615.5205
ribarra@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
Local time: 10:04 PM
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  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2001 (Administrative Editor, Texas Law Review)
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, B.S.E., English summa cum laude, 1993 (Omicron Delta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Law clerk to The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2001–2002
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2009
  • Member: Houston Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Life Member: Texas Law Review Association
  • Secretary and Executive Director: Texas Law Review Association, 2000–2001
  • Former Chair: Car Seat Safety Campaign Committee, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member: Emerging Women Leaders, a program of the Executive Women’s Partnership Committee, Greater Houston Partnership
  • Former Member: Lawyers for Literacy Committee, Houston Bar Association