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Employers and outside advisors routinely turn to us for practical and timely Benefits & Compensation advice at all stages of corporate M&A and financing activities.

We provide particular value and proficiency in:

  • Partnering with corporate counsel to identify and resolve benefit plan compliance issues that surface during a transaction.
  • Advising on issues related to Retirement Plans, such as in connection with spin-offs, plan mergers, plan terminations, or scrutiny under the PBGC Early Warning Program.
  • Integrating new employees' compensation and benefits programs following an acquisition or merger.
  • Negotiating HR and benefits contracts in connection with a corporate transaction (see Vendor Contracting & HR Outsourcing for more information).
  • Establishing “stand up” benefits platforms in advance of a spin-off, auction, or sale.

Our focus on plan administration and operations means we are exceptionally well-positioned to conduct due diligence on existing plans – and to identify and resolve issues years before they might otherwise come to light.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Establishing new 401(k), health, and other welfare benefit plans in advance of sale of company division to foreign purchaser.
  • Evaluating potential golden parachute liability in connection with company sale, and partnering with 280G computation consultant to prepare waivers and shareholder approval disclosures.
  • Favorably resolving potential substantial withdrawal liability from multiple employer plan in connection with joint venture transition.
  • Advising on all aspects of employee matters agreement negotiation and transition of benefit plans in connection with client's buyout of joint venture partner.


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