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This program is Part 1 of 5 of our Bloomberg BNA OnDemand series, “Strategic Approaches to Human Resources Issues in Corporate Transactions.” This five-part series will focus on strategies for handling many of the issues facing human resources functions with respect to employee relations, employee benefits, and executive compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions. Each segment will provide practice pointers to alert the attendees to the risks related to labor relations, employee benefits and executive compensation in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions which are the focus of each session. These segments may be viewed separately or as part of the series.
This program offers a strategic approach to issues and important considerations relating to transitioning executives in connection with mergers, acquisitions and similar corporate transactions.The discussion will focus on practical pre- and post-transaction preparation and planning pointers, as well as key deal considerations in U.S. and cross-border transactions. In particular, the discussion will cover pre-design and execution strategies pertaining to pertinent protections found in executive agreements and related compensation arrangements, such as severance and retention benefits, restrictive covenants and clawback provisions.
• Understand how the structure and terms of a deal or transaction could impact the transitioning of executives and their compensation and benefits arrangements
• Understand cross-border sensitivities and considerations affecting executive compensation
• Understand how to identify and adequately prepare for pre- and post-transition issues
Who would benefit most from attending this program?
HR personnel and executives; CFOs; ERISA counsel; in-house counsel; benefits consultants; payroll personnel; employment and employee benefits attorneys; compensation personnel; compensation committee members and their advisors; general counsel; personnel dealing with inpats and expats.
Professor Henry Eickelberg serves as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and is the recipient of the 2015 Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year award. As well as teaching, Professor Eickelberg serves as the University’s faculty advisor for the ERISA certificate program. Most recently, he served as a corporate officer for a Fortune 100 as its Vice President for Human Resources and Shared Services. There, he was responsible for the negotiations and transition of its M&A activities as these activities related to employee benefits and transition issues. He also oversaw the benefit design, administration and delivery of its numerous benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans, and health and welfare programs (including vendor selection and management, and contract negotiations). He was also in charge of its internal shared services organization that processes over $10 billion dollars in internal costs related to payroll, travel expense reimbursements, benefits accounting, payroll tax and compliance.
Ms. Susan Serota leads Pillsbury’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice and is a member of the firm’s ERISA Litigation team. She has experience in all areas of pensions, employee benefits, executive compensation and stock options. She has significant experience in the compensation of senior executives, fiduciary matters relating to ERISA and other plans, international benefits, employee benefit aspects of cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, welfare plans, ERISA fiduciary litigation and securities law matters.
Ms. Charmaine Slack advises senior executives, board of directors, and compensation committees of public and private entities on a wide variety of executive compensation and equity arrangements. She counsels clients on the diverse and complex compensation matters that arise in substantial domestic and cross-border M&A, leveraged buyout, and private equity and other fund investment transactions across a spectrum of industries. She regularly counsels on the broad array of legal and business issues that arise in executive compensation programs affecting CEOs and other senior executives, including employment, change in control, and severance arrangements; and equity performance/incentive, deferred compensation, and director compensation programs. She provides corporate governance advice and technical guidance on tax and securities rules affecting compensation and benefits.
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