Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA

Companies seeking new paths to growth require cutting-edge advice and winning litigation strategies to help them navigate the ever-changing employee benefits and executive compensation landscape. We can help.

Client Successes

  • Advised AIG, Credit Suisse, and several other major financial services companies, bailed out by the U.S. government, on the payment of highly controversial bonuses, and the provision of TARP-compliant performance-based pay with sophisticated clawback safeguards

  • Serve The Economist as its principal benefits counsel, advising on a range of issues, from serving as fiduciary counsel to its 401(k) committee to restructuring the company’s governance

  • Represented Dun & Bradstreet in a wide-ranging ERISA class action that arose from the sale of its receivables business

Strategic Advice on All Aspects of Employee Benefits

We handle a sophisticated range of matters encompassing benefits plan design and operation, executive compensation, institutional investment and fiduciary responsibility, reductions in force, and ERISA litigation. Our commitment to providing unique value to our clients includes real-time alerts about the latest legal developments delivered on our ERISA blog.

A Unique Global Compensation, Benefits, and ERISA Practice

  • We represent major employers with respect to the design and operation of all types of benefit plans, including specialized programs such as retiree health benefits.

  • As one of the nation’s premier institutional investment practices, we advise a wide range of clients on issues such as investment fund structuring, fiduciary responsibility, “operating company” status under ERISA, and interaction of ERISA with other laws, as well as audits and investigations.

  • We handle the most complex benefit litigation matters, focusing on class action defense, including about 100 reported decisions.

  • Our lawyers help companies plan, implement, and defend downsizing programs, and regularly devise innovative strategies for complying with the WARN Act.

  • We support our colleagues in the firm’s Corporate practices, handling the employment and employee benefits aspects of M&A, outsourcing, and real estate transactions.