Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

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.

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  • Regularly represent numerous global public companies including Analog Devices, PerkinElmer, Amundi, WEX Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific in connection with ongoing qualified plan and other employee benefits advice.
  • Represented and advised Acacia Communications in its acquisition by Cisco Systems, including various change-in control provisions under US severance and equity compensation plans and ongoing operations during the 19-month period between sign and closing.
  • Represented Eaton Vance Corp. during its acquisition by Morgan Stanley regarding the effect of the sale on its benefit and executive programs, including various change-in-control provisions under US bonus and deferred compensation plans.
  • Acted as executive compensation and benefits counsel to PerkinElmer in its $5.25B acquisition of BioLegend.
  • Acted as benefits counsel to Analog Devices in its purchase of fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Corp. for $14.8 billion, the latest deal in a wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry in the past two years. 
  • Advised Amundi Pioneer (f/k/a Pioneer Investment Management USA) during its acquisition by Amundi on the implications of the sale for US benefit and executive programs, including various change-in-control provisions under US bonus and deferred compensation plans. Worked with Amundi Pioneer to design appropriate retention incentives during pre-transaction period, as well as advising on post-transaction executive and professional bonus and deferred compensation incentives. Advised on US implications of UCITS V- sensitive design features. Also advised asset management business in connection with streamlining its retirement product offerings in light of new DOL rules and in light of post-transaction business focus.
  • Advised CIRCOR International, Inc. in its acquisition of the Fluid Handling businesses of Colfax Corporation. The acquisition expanded CIRCOR’s product and service offering while strengthening its position as a leading provider of flow control solutions. We worked with them on negotiating the transaction, including employee transfer issues and a defined pension plan spinoff agreement. We also provided counsel on HR integration, employment, and benefits transfer and replacement issues.
  • Represented Cynosure, a publicly traded developer and manufacturer of aesthetic treatment systems in its sale to Hologic, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostics, medical imaging and surgical products, in a transaction worth approximately $1.65 billion. Advised on the treatment of Cynosure shares held in the Cynosure 401(k) plan company stock fund.
  • Advised Sonus Networks, Inc., a global leader in securing cloud and real-time communications, on employee benefits–related issues in connection with its announced business combination with GENBAND, a leading provider of carrier and enterprise network transformation and real-time communications solutions. This transaction involved a “merger of equals” between a publicly traded company (Sonus) and private-equity backed private company (GENBAND), pursuant to which Sonus and GENBAND became subsidiaries of a newly formed, publicly traded holding company.
  • Represented Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation for clients, on employee benefits–related issues in connection with its acquisition of BrightClaim and its associated company National Vendor, both leading providers of integrated claims solutions to the US property and casualty insurance market. The acquisition marries domain expertise with advanced technologies to fundamentally change how insurers manage the claims process, allowing carriers to create a seamless claims experience for their customers.


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    Named a Leading Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice in Massachusetts

    Chambers USA


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    Recommended for Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Transactions)

    The Legal 500 United States


  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized 124 WilmerHale lawyers, naming 11 partners “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2020 edition of its peer-reviewed publication.
  • BTI Consulting Group – Named Kim Wethly to its Client Service All-Stars 2019 list for exhibiting exceptional client service.
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Recognized our Massachusetts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice in 2010–2021, praising our group for the “corporate savvy of its attorneys” and calling out the services we provide to clients seeking executive compensation advice during the early stages of company formation, stating that we are “a top-flight US firm” and our team is great at meeting and exceeding expectations,seamless and integrated and one you can really depend on.
  • Corporate Board Member – In 2014, 2016 and 2018, the most recent edition, WilmerHale was named to the Top National Corporate Law Firms list, a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 firms in the nation. Results are based on law firm surveys and feedback from thousands of directors and general counsels.
  • The Legal 500 United States – Regularly recognizes WilmerHale among the top law firms for our work in the area of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Transactions), including in the 2021 edition.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010–2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings, our employment law practice was ranked in the first tier in Boston and the second tier nationally. In prior rankings, Kim Wethly was individually recognized for her ERISA practice.

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