Compensation and Benefits in M&A Transactions
Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers are well known for the skill and experience they bring to M&A transactions, serving as important members of deal teams on transactions ranging from multi-billion dollar public mergers, to the purchase and sale of portfolio companies by private equity funds. In most cases, the treatment of executive compensation and employee benefits in the transaction and the post-closing integration of compensation and benefit plans represent some of the more important and most hotly negotiated aspects of the transaction. Our practice is uniquely situated in this regard because, unlike most firms, which have either a transactional focus or a compliance focus, Sidley combines its vibrant day-to-day compliance practice with its robust M&A practice, allowing for more comprehensive advice when negotiating a transaction and planning for integration. Several corporations that have used other law firms to negotiate or advise on a merger or other transaction have engaged Sidley to advise on the compensation and benefits aspects of the transaction because of the breadth and depth of our knowledge in this area.