You put your business in their hands. They put their future in yours. No wonder the rules are complicated.

Brown Rudnick helps you navigate the complex laws and contracts governing executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements, and shows you new ways to attract and retain a superior workforce – without breaking the bank or breaking the law.

Our ERISA and Executive Compensation and ERISA lawyers have experience in the full range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues and can guide you smoothly through difficult scenarios, from complex global M&A transactions to multiemployer withdrawal liability issues.

In today’s highly regulated, high-stakes environment, our attorneys play a key role in the design, development and implementation of our clients' employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements, ranging from equity compensation arrangements to tax-qualified retirement plans and broad-based welfare plans.

Our attorneys regularly advise companies, compensation committees, senior executives and management teams with respect to all types of compensation arrangements, including employment, separation, cash incentive, equity compensation, deferred compensation and change of control agreements.

Our attorneys also counsel clients in connection with ERISA, pension investments and fiduciary matters. Our attorneys also represent our clients in matters before regulatory agencies, such as the IRS, The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and The Department of Labor.

Our international client base includes public and private companies, emerging growth companies, tax-exempt organizations, compensation committees, hedge funds and other investors, creditors’ committees and senior executives.

We advise on matters including:

Corporate transactions and post-transaction integration

Executive compensation agreements, such as employment agreements, severance agreements and change of control agreements

Equity compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares and profits interests

Nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements

Qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k), 403(b), pension, cash balance and profit sharing plans

Employer stock/ESOPs

Multiemployer retirement plans

Proxy statements and SEC disclosures

Health and welfare plans

Severance plans and agreements

Non-competition agreements

Restructuring and reductions in force

Fiduciary training and advice