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R. Scott Kilgore

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Kilgore, R. Scott

R. Scott Kilgore is an experienced corporate lawyer with a practice focused on the representation of companies and executives in matters involving employment (particularly with respect to executives), executive compensation and employee benefits. He has represented individuals, startups and domestic and multinational corporations in a variety of transactions and has provided valuable advice relating to employees and compensation, including ERISA, tax and securities counseling.

Mr. Kilgore regularly drafts and negotiates employment, retention, severance and parachute agreements for employers and individuals, both as a part of transactions and as individual advice. He designs, and advises on the implementation of, executive, equity and deferred compensation programs. Mr. Kilgore represents domestic and multinational corporations in the employment and benefits issues arising from acquisitions, dispositions and public offerings. He provides or oversees multidisciplinary advice relating to employees or compensation, including ERISA, tax and securities counseling, as well as the web of employment and disclosure laws that govern the workplace. Mr. Kilgore's clients range in size from individual executives to start-ups to multinational corporations.

Honors & Awards

  • Chosen as a 2013-2017 Washington DC Super Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor
  • Selected by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2016 as a top lawyer in the area of tax (for his work on executive compensation)
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States in the labor and employment: employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Selected by Washingtonian magazine in 2007-2015 as one of the top lawyers in Washington DC in the area of tax (for his work on executive compensation)
  • Lead local partner in what Corporate Intl Magazine designated as the 2014 "Executive Compensation Law Firm of the Year" in Washington DC
  • Recognized as a Washington DC leader in employee benefits and executive compensation in the 2009-2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business. In 2011, he was designated a Notable Practitioner and credited for his efficiency, for the breadth of his practice and for being "extremely knowledgeable."

Publications & News

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October 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Navient in $155M Acquisition of Earnest

Navient, a leading provider of asset management and business processing solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Earnest, a leading financial technology and education finance company.

September 28, 2017

WilmerHale Represents CIRCOR in $855M Acquisition of Colfax’s Fluid Handling Business from Colfax Corp.

CIRCOR International, Inc.—a leading provider of flow control solutions and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, aerospace, power, process and general industrial—announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Colfax Fluid Handling (CFH) from Colfax Corporation for approximately $855 million including cash, newly issued CIRCOR shares, and the assumption of pension plan liabilities linked to the CFH business.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

August 3, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Navient in Acquisition of Duncan Solutions

Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company, announced the acquisition of Duncan Solutions, a transportation revenue management company serving municipalities and toll authorities.

July 11, 2017

Staples, Inc. Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 per Share in Cash, or Approximately $6.9 Billion

Staples, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement in which investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples in a transaction that values Staples at an equity value of approximately $6.9 billion.

June 29, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Progress in Acquiring Kinvey, the Leader in Backend as a Service (BaaS) Technology

Progress announced it has acquired Kinvey, a privately held company based in Boston and leader in Backend as a Service technology. This acquisition is a key part of the Progress strategy to provide the best platform to build and deliver modern cognitive-first applications.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

June 2, 2017

WilmerHale Reps FastMatch in Euronext Acquisition

Euronext announced the acquisition of 90% of FastMatch, Inc. for $153 million initial cash consideration. FastMatch's management will remain invested with a 10% interest, with minority rights.

May 5, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Tangoe in Acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners

WilmerHale client Tangoe, Inc., a global leader in telecom expense management solutions, and Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, entered into a definitive agreement for Marlin to acquire all outstanding shares of Tangoe not already owned by Marlin for $6.50 per share in cash.

April 28, 2017

2017 Venture Capital Report

The 2017 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as a look at the following issues: steps startups should take now if they plan to secure a Series A round in 2017; common structures for management carve-out plans; best practices for private companies setting option exercise prices; the benefits of investing in qualified small business stock; and trends in venture capital financing terms, convertible debt terms and VC-backed company M&A deal terms.

Recent Highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating the key employment and compensation documents on behalf of the management team in a $3 billion acquisition of a financial services firm
  • Representing a major media company and a health claims auditing firm with respect to executive compensation and senior executive employment matters
  • Advising a large government and defense contractor on employment and benefits issues in a major acquisition
  • Providing human resources and benefits guidance to a student loan manager with respect to acquisitions and dispositions
  • Advising companies with respect to multistate downsizings and layoffs, including WARN Act and severance issues

Professional Activities

Mr. Kilgore is a member of the business, tax (executive compensation) and labor sections of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. He was the Moderator of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Forum on Counsel Connect, an online forum for lawyers, from 1994 to 1998.

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Education

JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1985, Member, Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif

BA, summa cum laude, Virginia Tech, 1982

Bar Admissions

Virginia

District of Columbia

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