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“I know I’m going to get a thoughtful answer, but I also get their experience and market penetration.”—Chambers USA

Compensation and employee benefit plan matters are key issues in today’s corporate landscape. Cadwalader’s Executive Compensation, Benefits & ERISA team is comprised of advisors at the forefront of this multidisciplinary practice—helping clients navigate the complexity of managing relationships with employees and employee benefit plans. Integrated with Cadwalader’s premier Corporate, Financial Regulation and Tax practices, our team works directly with our colleagues to provide practical, insightful and strategic guidance to public and private companies, tax-exempt entities, boards, investors, financial services firms and individuals both in the context of extraordinary corporate events and day-to-day operations.

Our team, which has been recognized as a leading group in Executive Compensation and ERISA by Chambers USA and US News, advises on the full spectrum of matters in this practice, including: mergers and other complex transactions; financing; corporate governance; equity and cash compensation plan design; benefit and retirement plans; hiring, retention and separations; succession planning; employment litigation; tax; securities law compliance; disclosure; insider trading plans and Section 16 compliance; and fiduciary standards, prohibited transaction rules and other plan investment matters. We are experienced at representing clients in seeking relief and guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.

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Current Structuring May Not Shield Private Equity Firms from ERISA Liabilities
Robert A. Davis,James Frazier,Gillian Emmett Moldowan,Shane J. Stroud,Linda Z. Swartz, May 26, 2016
On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that two private equity funds within Sun Capital were jointly and severally liable under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), for the $4.5 million multiemployer pension plan...