Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits


Stephen W. Fackler Palo Alto
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Michael Collins Washington, D.C.
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The Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group provides comprehensive advice on executive and director compensation, equity compensation, retirement plans, health and welfare plans, retention and severance arrangements and more. 

Substantive areas that the practice handles include: 

  • Executive and board compensation arrangements
  • Stock options, profits interests and other forms of equity compensation
  • Mergers and acquisitions support
  • Change in control and "golden parachute" arrangements
  • Plan assets and fiduciary compliance/private equity
  • Tax-qualified retirement plans
  • Nonqualified deferred compensation plans
  • Incentive compensation arrangements
  • Health and welfare plans
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's interdisciplinary Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits group offers comprehensive advice and services in all compensation and benefits matters.  The group cuts across traditional lines to encourage the sharing of experience and capabilities among group members.  Our lawyers include experts in ERISA and tax laws relating to employee benefits and executive compensation.  Others are highly skilled in securities laws, corporate governance, and labor and employment laws.  We are also one of the most respected ERISA litigation practices in the United States.

The clients who entrust us with their most sensitive and challenging matters include: 

  • Corporations
  • Boards of directors and compensation committees
  • Senior executives
  • Private equity funds, hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles
  • Pension plans
  • Financial institutions 

The Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits group deals extensively with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and other government agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress on matters relating to employee benefit plans and executive compensation.   

We have deep capabilities helping you with underfunded pension plans (including matters involving the PBGC) and retiree medical liabilities.  We regularly deal with the many compensation and benefits issues that arise with mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, ERISA plan asset investments, bankruptcies and ERISA litigation.   

Today's ever-changing compensation and benefits plans and programs present an array of legal challenges.  Our highest priority is to develop an ongoing and knowledgeable counseling relationship with our client.  Many issues that relate to employee benefits and executive compensation require input and cooperation from different functional groups and individuals in an organization.  We strive to work with all of them to form a knowledge base that lets us provide superior and integrated service.