Recently named by Law360 as a 2020 Rising Star, Krista Hanvey is an Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She counsels clients of all sizes across all industries, both public and private, using a multi-disciplinary approach to compensation and benefits matters that crosses tax, securities, labor, accounting and traditional employee benefits legal requirements. Ms. Hanvey has significant experience with all aspects of executive compensation, health and welfare benefit plan, and retirement plan compliance, planning, and transactional support. She also routinely advises clients with respect to general corporate and non-profit governance matters. Ms. Hanvey also oversees the Dallas office’s pro bono adoption program.
Krista offers broad expertise on all types of public and private equity compensation and employee stock purchase plans; 401(k), ESOP and 403(b) tax-qualified retirement and nonqualified deferred compensation plans; executive employment, severance, retention, change in control and non-compete agreements; performance bonus, sales commission and other incentive pay plans; and retiree medical, cafeteria and other welfare benefit plans. She regularly advises clients on the requirements of and compliance with tax laws, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and executive compensation securities disclosure requirements.
Ms. Hanvey graduated first in her class from William and Mary School of Law, where she served as Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. Ms. Hanvey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Hanvey is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas.
- Regularly advises numerous Fortune 500 companies on executive employment, separation agreement, and SEC disclosure requirements
- Advised on Pioneer Natural Resources $7 billion acquisition of Parsley Energy
- Advised iHeartMedia on its $230 million acquisition of Triton Digital from Scripps Media
- Advised on Ensco plc’s $12 billion business combination with Rowan Companies plc
- Advised CenterOak Partners LLC, a Dallas-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Cascade Windows, Wetzels Pretzels, Aakash Chemicals, Full-Speed Automotive, Bowrail Group, Techna Glass, GNAP, Moore Services Holdings, and Service Champions
- Advised InfraREIT, Inc. in its agreement to be acquired by Oncor Electric Delivery Company
- Advised American Midstream Partners LP in the sale of its Propane Marketing and Services business to SHV Energy for $170 million
- Advised on benefits and equity aspects of AECOM’s $6 billion acquisition of URS Corporation
- Provided executive compensation advice on salesforce.com’s $2.5 billion proposed acquisition of ExactTarget
- Provided executive compensation advice on restaurant group’s initial and secondary public offerings, aggregating $170 million
- Advised on employee benefits and executive compensation matters for MetroPCS in their $32 billion business combination with U.S. mobile phone carrier
- Advised on benefits and compensation issues in connection with Mondelez International’s spin off of the Kraft Foods Group to its shareholders
- Provided employee benefits and executive compensation advice on Liquid Holdings Group’s $49.2 million initial public offering filings
- Represented private equity firms in numerous M&A transactions
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements
- “Executive Compensation Disclosure Handbook: A Practical Guide to the SEC’s Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules,” Donnelley, October 2020 (co-author with Elizabeth A. Ising, Geoff Walter, James Kroll, Heather Marshall)
- “Pay Ratio Disclosures” chapter in A Practice Guide to SEC and Proxy Compensation Rules (co-author with Lilias Lee)
- Hot Topics in Compensation, SEC Conference, Dallas (May 2019)
- “IPO Readiness – Focus on Executive Compensation” (September 2018) (with Steve Fackler, Sean Feller and Stewart McDowell)
- “How Do the Controlled Group Rules Apply to Private Equity Funds?,” Benefits Law Journal, Autumn 2013 (co-author with Michael J. Collins)