Our executive compensation and employee benefits lawyers assist clients on a continuing basis with executive and deferred compensation, including section 162(m), section 409A and section 280G/golden parachute issues. Our executive compensation practice includes in-depth experience with all types of stock-based compensation, incentive compensation, bonus plans and contracts, offer letters, consulting agreements, change in control agreements, severance arrangements, co-employment agreements, “people leasing” arrangements, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements and various arrangements used to compensate multi-national and expatriate executives. We also assist clients with executive compensation issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
"Baker Botts L.L.P. advises both public and private energy companies on compensation and benefits strategies, and has considerable experience assisting with corporate transactions. The group also has expertise in the fiduciary aspects of maintaining employee benefit plans."
Legal 500 US 2014 - Labor and Employment
We have assisted with the design, drafting and administration of many different types of deferred compensation, supplemental retirement and excess benefit programs; including the review and drafting of programs for compliance with new deferred compensation tax rules. We review and advise clients regarding standard, innovative and non-traditional funding approaches and asset protection vehicles used in connection with such programs. We regularly assist with review and analysis of the tax, corporate and securities laws impacting such programs and we have substantial experience in designing and implementing innovative funding approaches and regularly evaluate “new ideas” for design and funding.
Our lawyers regularly assist clients with the design, implementation and operation of:
- Stock-based compensation
- Incentive compensation
- Bonus plans and contracts
- Offer letters
- Employment agreements
- Consulting agreements
- Change in control agreements
- Severance arrangements
- Co-employment agreements
- “People leasing” arrangements
- Covenants not to compete
- Confidentiality agreements
- Various arrangements used to compensate multinational and expatriate executives