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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation — Massachusetts


Goodwin - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Distinguished group of highly skilled practitioners offering expert ERISA advice on both contentious and noncontentious matters. Held in high esteem for its extensive knowledge of executive compensation issues, encompassing areas such as tax, corporate governance and securities. Maintains strong industry sector expertise across financial services, technology and life sciences, and also noted for its prominence in both the private equity and venture capital spaces.

Strengths "It's a terrific firm with great lawyers – I have nothing but positive things to say about them," enthuses one market source.

Also praised by commentators for its "high-level work" and its "very capable lawyers."

Work highlights Assisted John Hancock Financial Services and Manulife Asset Management with ERISA and regulatory issues arising from their integration of New York Life's retirement plan business.

Acted for TA Associates on the ERISA and executive compensation aspects relating to the firm's $1.15 billion acquisition of Russell Investments.

Significant clients Paramount Group, Raytheon, The Hearst Corporation, TIAA-CREF, AMAG Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Natascha George is held in "very high regard" by commentators for her work across a wide array of executive compensation and employee benefits matters arising from large-scale M&A. She is noted for her counsel to a diverse range of multinational public companies.

Scott Webster is "our go-to expert, particularly on the thorniest issues that require both a keen intellectual mind as well as a practical business perspective," enthuses one satisfied client. Webster is recognized for his counsel to clients in the financial services sector on issues including ERISA matters, product development and plan integrations.

Senior statesman John Cleary is a "top-notch lawyer" who provides expert counsel to clients within the financial services sector. Cleary is a noted expert on ERISA-related issues, with particular skill in handling Title I matters such as investment, fiduciary and prohibited transaction concerns.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Distinguished practice providing top-tier counsel in an array of traditional labor and benefits matters, as well as specialist advice in areas such as 401(k) plans, ESOPs, ERISA and ACA. Provides expert counsel to public and private organizations, with particular experience acting for hospitals, universities and other tax-exempt entities. Singled out for its strength representing blue-chip clients in benefits matters relating to both national and cross-border transactional work.

Strengths One satisfied client praises the firm for its "outstanding lawyers and stellar legal work."

Work highlights Advised State Street Corporation on the employee benefits and executive compensation matters pertaining to its $485 million acquisition of GE Asset Management.

Assisted Bain Capital on the employee benefits and executive compensation elements arising from the $4.65 billion sale of portfolio company Blue Coat to cybersecurity firm Symantec.

Significant clients TJX Companies, TPG Capital, Blackstone, Stanford University, Tribune Media.

Notable practitioners

Employee benefits specialist Jonathan Zorn is extolled by fellow attorneys as "a terrific attorney" who "does very sophisticated work." Zorn is particularly noted for his expertise in ERISA matters, which he handles on behalf of a broad client base including higher education entities.

Renata Ferrari is a "very capable" attorney who is "very highly regarded" by her peers in the space. She advises clients on compensation and benefits matters arising from corporate transactions including M&A. Ferrari leads the firm's executive compensation team.

The "very smart" Loretta Richard leads the firm's employee benefits practice. She advises a range of clients including both public and private companies and their committees on a range of benefits, compensation and general tax matters.

ERISA expert Peter Rosenberg concentrates his practice on advising employers, managers and investors on issues including fiduciary activity, plan asset regulations and governance, and exemptions. Rosenberg also advises employers on matters pertaining to the design and administration of benefit and compensation plans.

Department profile by Ropes & Gray LLP

We provide services across all areas, including general advice on all employee benefits matters, strategic tax planning for executive benefits, and counseling on ERISA and ERISA-related litigation. Our attorneys, benefits consultants and actuaries work closely together to provide clients with comprehensive executive compensation and employee benefits services.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/Executive-Compensation-and-Employee-Benefits.aspx

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its representation of private and public entities on both a national and international scale. Offers specialist expertise to clients in the healthcare sector in relation to ACA, corporate governance and retirement, health and welfare plan issues. Additional areas of focus include executive compensation work on behalf of public companies and matters involving significant tax implications.

Strengths A market source praises the team, stating: "They are brilliant. They have done an excellent job and, quite frankly, they made the process much easier for us."

"They provide a high-level service," attests another interviewee, who also singles out the firm's "outstanding results."

Work highlights Successfully represented Liberty Mutual Insurance before the US Supreme Court in the case Gobeille v Liberty Mutual. The court ruled that self-funded insurance plans should be exempt from a Vermont law requiring health insurers to report claims data and other healthcare information to the state.

Counseled PIRA Energy on all employee benefits and executive compensation matters arising from the company's high-profile acquisition by S&P Global Platts.

Significant clients Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Children's Hospital, State Street Corporation, Moog, Darden Restaurants.

Notable practitioners

Executive compensation guru Andrew Liazos is described by sources as a "superstar" and "one of the nation's experts in his field." Source also say he stands out as "a strategic thinker who can approach situations from multiple angles." Liazos's national practice sees him represent Fortune 500 companies and senior executives in the financial services sector on the full range of compensation matters.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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第二等

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What the team is known for Offers valued advice to domestic and international clients across a range of sectors including education, financial services and healthcare. Particular areas of strength include pension trusts, welfare and retirement plans, and all types of matters pertaining to ACA. Also noted for its counsel on stock and stock-based compensation arrangements.

Strengths A satisfied client comments: "They have delivered consistently high-quality work in addressing our strategic needs."

"Mintz in general is superb and well regarded. The firm pays great attention to details and their client service is second to none in my experience," reports another pleased client.

Work highlights Handled the review and negotiation of a number of contracts between retail investment advisory firm LPL Financial and its employee benefits vendors. The agreements pertained to areas including ACA compliance, payroll services and flexible benefit plans matters.

Continued to advise Emerson College on all matters pertaining to employee benefits, including drafting a welfare wrap plan, restating retirement plans and providing general advice on ACA.

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Dunkin' Donuts, American Staffing Association, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Paradigm Health Plans.

Notable practitioners

Sources single out "terrific practitioner" Alden Bianchi as "one of the nation's leading experts on ACA and its impact on employers" and a "truly amazing partner." Bianchi advises a wide range of clients on a broad array of issues pertaining to ERISA and benefits issues arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions.

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WilmerHale - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Recognized for its breadth of knowledge across a diverse range of sectors such as media, life sciences and technology. Regularly called upon to provide global corporations and startup companies with quality advice on the full spectrum of compensation and employee benefits matters including ERISA class actions and compliance. Recommended for its prowess counseling clients on benefits and compensation matters associated with high-value M&A.

Strengths "WilmerHale has incredible bench strength," enthuses one interviewee.

Industry sources also praise the firm's "fantastic reputation" in this space.

Significant clients Discovery Communications, Bose, Staples, State Street Corporation, Red Hat.

Notable practitioners

Amy Null is described by commentators as a "very good" attorney who is "very smart and very practical." Null advises clients on areas including ERISA-related matters, qualified plan work and the tax considerations applicable to employee benefit plans.

Kimberly Wethly is praised by one interviewee as "highly knowledgeable and adept at distilling technically challenging content into commercial and accessible advice." She is noted for her experience across the spectrum of executive compensation matters, including accounting and tax issues.

Department profile by WilmerHale

Lawyers with deep and broad experience counseling clients in every industry on the design of executive compensation arrangements and on general compensation and benefits issues.

In top management positions and at every level of employment, attracting, retaining and motivating the right personnel is a daily challenge. Legal counsel on compensation policies and practices can play a vital role in meeting this challenge in a manner that properly balances creativity and customization with best practices and ease of administration. Our practice covers the representation of employers, executives and benefits industry service providers in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation and international compensation. The capabilities of our team are strengthened by our colleagues throughout the firm, whether in defending employers against ERISA class actions or with regard to SEC disclosure considerations, or in structuring innovative retirement plan advisory product offerings on behalf of financial institutions, fund formation and securities industry clients.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/executive_compensation_and_employee_benefits/

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Parker Brown Macaulay & Sheerin, P.C. - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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What the team is known for Boutique employee benefits firm offering counsel in a range of complex matters such as employer claims against investment and service providers, termination contracts, IRS audits and other related tax matters. Additionally well versed in benefits issues relating to M&A, insolvency and bankruptcy matters.

Notable practitioners

Robert Macaulay is noted for his adroit handling of welfare plans. He has extensive experience representing insurance companies, HMOs and other service providers on a range of benefit plans-related matters concerning ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and other laws.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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What the team is known for Noted for the breadth of its capabilities in employee benefits matters and for its representation of a range of corporate and individual clients, particularly in the financial services industry. Singled out for its expertise on the tax implications and considerations of benefit plans, M&A-related matters and compensation arrangements.

Strengths One observer singles out the firm's attorneys as "critical partners who provide exemplary service. They are extremely knowledgeable and personable, diligent, hard-working and a true delight to work with."

"The client service is very good and bills are prompt, transparent and detailed in terms of services rendered, time, scope, and resources utilized," remarks one satisfied client.

Work highlights Handled the merger of two 401(k) plans with assets of $425 million on behalf of Iron Mountain in relation to a large M&A transaction.

Significant clients ING Financial Services, Cambridge Trust, Sonesta International Hotels, Five Star Quality Care, The RMR Group.

Notable practitioners

David Guadagnoli is described by sources as "very pragmatic, with solid business acumen" and with "very strong expertise" in the employee benefits area. He is particularly recommended for his work on ERISA-related matters and all forms of qualified retirement plans.

Amy Sheridan is "very detail-oriented and has a very solid grasp of all things ERISA," observes one client. She also wins praise for her technical ability dealing with 401(k) retirement matters, both qualified and nonqualified pensions and medical benefits.

Department profile by Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester's employment & benefits attorneys combine sophisticated techniques with years of experience to help employers develop employment and benefit policies and programs that best fit the needs of their employees. Our team works with employers to formulate practical solutions to a broad range of employment-related problems and help fit compensation and benefit packages into the larger picture, while maximizing the impact of benefit dollars. Our lawyers regularly work with clients on employment discrimination; sexual harassment; employee discipline and discharge; handbooks and policy development; executive contracts; on-site training for managers and employees; and designing and implementing all forms of retirement, welfare, fringe benefit, deferred compensation, and equity compensation plans, in addition to working with individuals on compensation and severance packages and retirement planning. We also regularly advise clients on employee versus independent contractor classification issues.

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Senior Statesmen

Goodwin

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Senior statesman John Cleary is a "top-notch lawyer" who provides expert counsel to clients within the financial services sector. Cleary is a noted expert on ERISA-related issues, with particular skill in handling Title I matters such as investment, fiduciary and prohibited transaction concerns.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Employee benefits specialist Jonathan Zorn is extolled by fellow attorneys as "a terrific attorney" who "does very sophisticated work." Zorn is particularly noted for his expertise in ERISA matters, which he handles on behalf of a broad client base including higher education entities.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources single out "terrific practitioner" Alden Bianchi as "one of the nation's leading experts on ACA and its impact on employers" and a "truly amazing partner." Bianchi advises a wide range of clients on a broad array of issues pertaining to ERISA and benefits issues arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions.

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David A Guadagnoli

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Guadagnoli is described by sources as "very pragmatic, with solid business acumen" and with "very strong expertise" in the employee benefits area. He is particularly recommended for his work on ERISA-related matters and all forms of qualified retirement plans.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Executive compensation guru Andrew Liazos is described by sources as a "superstar" and "one of the nation's experts in his field." Source also say he stands out as "a strategic thinker who can approach situations from multiple angles." Liazos's national practice sees him represent Fortune 500 companies and senior executives in the financial services sector on the full range of compensation matters.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Null is described by commentators as a "very good" attorney who is "very smart and very practical." Null advises clients on areas including ERISA-related matters, qualified plan work and the tax considerations applicable to employee benefit plans.

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George L Chimento

Chimento & Webb, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

George Chimento of Chimento & Webb, P.C. is noted for his strength on ERISA matters, particularly in relation to group benefits for both tax-exempt and for-profit entities. Chimento's clients include both publicly-traded and private companies, hospitals and public entities.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Renata Ferrari is a "very capable" attorney who is "very highly regarded" by her peers in the space. She advises clients on compensation and benefits matters arising from corporate transactions including M&A. Ferrari leads the firm's executive compensation team.

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Natascha S George

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Natascha George is held in "very high regard" by commentators for her work across a wide array of executive compensation and employee benefits matters arising from large-scale M&A. She is noted for her counsel to a diverse range of multinational public companies.

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Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene LLC

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Thomas Greene of Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene LLC comes recommended for his counsel in the executive compensation and employee benefits spaces, and advises clients on ERISA and tax compliance, SERPs and tax qualified benefits plans.

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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian

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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian's James Hauser has a noteworthy practice centered on executive compensation and ERISA-related issues. He advises clients including private equity investors, startups and senior executives on a range of compensation and tax issues.

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Robert C Macaulay Jr

Parker Brown Macaulay & Sheerin, P.C.

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Robert Macaulay is noted for his adroit handling of welfare plans. He has extensive experience representing insurance companies, HMOs and other service providers on a range of benefit plans-related matters concerning ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and other laws.

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Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP

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The highly experienced Peter Marathas of Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP wins praise from fellow attorneys as an "excellent" practitioner for his work on employee benefits. He is noted for his prowess in issues pertaining to ERISA, ACA and corporate governance matters.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent practitioner" Thomas McCord of Nixon Peabody LLP is well respected for his strength in the employee benefits area. McCord has a broad practice that sees him handle matters relating to ERISA, insurance programs and retirement plans. He offers additional expertise in the executive compensation sphere and in the representation of tax-exempt organizations.

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Meyers of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP is described by commentators as a "standout counsel" who is praised for his "technically proficient, practical and very commercial advice." His practice covers a full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for both domestic and multinational clients.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart" Loretta Richard leads the firm's employee benefits practice. She advises a range of clients including both public and private companies and their committees on a range of benefits, compensation and general tax matters.

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Peter N Rosenberg

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

ERISA expert Peter Rosenberg concentrates his practice on advising employers, managers and investors on issues including fiduciary activity, plan asset regulations and governance, and exemptions. Rosenberg also advises employers on matters pertaining to the design and administration of benefit and compensation plans.

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Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Webster is "our go-to expert, particularly on the thorniest issues that require both a keen intellectual mind as well as a practical business perspective," enthuses one satisfied client. Webster is recognized for his counsel to clients in the financial services sector on issues including ERISA matters, product development and plan integrations.

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Kimberly B Wethly

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Kimberly Wethly is praised by one interviewee as "highly knowledgeable and adept at distilling technically challenging content into commercial and accessible advice." She is noted for her experience across the spectrum of executive compensation matters, including accounting and tax issues.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Sheridan is "very detail-oriented and has a very solid grasp of all things ERISA," observes one client. She also wins praise for her technical ability dealing with 401(k) retirement matters, both qualified and nonqualified pensions and medical benefits.

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Lourie & Cutler

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Slavin of Lourie & Cutler is recognized by fellow practitioners for her skill in representing both taxable and tax-exempt clients on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. Slavin also acts for employers involved in audits conducted by the IRS and the Department of Labor.

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Chimento & Webb, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Webb of Chimento & Webb, P.C. is recommended for his work on tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and equity-based compensation arrangements. His clients include employers in an array of sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing.

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