Critical advice for high-profile and complex executive compensation matters

Proskauer's Executive Compensation practice provides our clients with unparalleled client service, expertise and range. As executive compensation matters implicate dynamic, sensitive and high profile concerns, our team draws on decades of experience to provide critical, pragmatic and creative real time advice. We help our clients successfully navigate complex legal requirements, address business objectives and challenges that impact executive compensation and implement practical solutions.

We represent a wide array of clients: Fortune 500 companies and their boards and compensation committees; public and private company CEO’s and C-Suite executives; management teams in billion dollar MBOs; private equity firms and their portfolio companies; hedge funds and asset managers; private companies; and tax-exempt entities. And we guide our clients on best practices, as well as general industry standards. Our group spans all specialties relating to executive compensation, including tax, securities, contract, corporate governance, stock exchange, ERISA and employment law expertise.

We are recognized leaders in the field of executive compensation law and consistently top-rated by many organizations and publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America. We were proud to be recognized recently by Forbes on its inaugural list of “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms” for both executive compensation and benefits.

Areas of Focus

  • C-Suite and senior team executive compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, severance plans and agreements and change in control plans and agreements;
  • Board and committee governance relating to compensation and executive succession;
  • Equity-based compensation such as stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance awards, profits interests and other partnership interests, phantom arrangements and other vehicles;
  • Bonus, deferred compensation, non-qualified retirement, retention and incentive plans and arrangements;


  • Transactional-related compensation and benefit matters, including mergers & acquisitions, management buy-outs (MBOs), spin-offs, joint ventures, bankruptcies and restructurings, public offerings and other transformative transactions;
  • Public company securities and disclosure matters;
  • Private Equity, Hedge Fund and alternative asset compensation arrangements;
  • Consulting, advisory and non-employee director arrangements; and
  • Post-termination restrictive covenants, clawbacks and other post-termination arrangements.
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