Pierce Atwood advises clients on a comprehensive range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. We provide legal and strategic advice to employers regarding health and welfare plans, retirement plans, executive compensation, and ERISA fiduciary rules, and represent plan sponsors and insurers in ERISA litigation and government audit matters.
We provide extensive experience with the structure of executive compensation plans and the interface between those plans and raising capital in public and private capital markets. We advise public companies on compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and SEC reporting requirements, and advise nonprofits on the structure of their plans to comply with the unique rules applicable to them. We assist clients with the analysis, design, and implementation of executive compensation arrangements in:
- Senior management groups
- Emerging growth companies
- Public companies
- Owner-manager companies
- Traditional middle-market companies
- Nonprofit organizations
Our capabilities include the design and implementation of individual equity-based compensation arrangements, such as statutory and non-statutory stock option plans, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, and phantom stock arrangements. We also develop short-term and long-term incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, and supplemental executive retirement plans.