Winston & Strawn assists clients in the design and drafting of all forms of executive compensation arrangements, including:
- stock option plans
- restricted stock plans
- employee stock purchase plans
- stock appreciation rights
- phantom stock and other innovative equity and equity-based compensation programs
We have extensive experience in designing and drafting all kinds of employment contracts, change in control agreements, retention agreements, and severance agreements. This experience ensures that our clients receive the most advanced and up-to-date advice on the “market” for these agreements. We also provide clients with the necessary tax and securities law assistance and advice relating to these plans, programs, and agreements, including governmental filings and shareholder disclosures.
Winston & Strawn advises board members, CEOs, and other senior executives and negotiates employment, compensation, and severance agreements on their behalf. We also advise boards of directors and board compensation committees on creating and negotiating executive compensation. In cooperation with our employment relations attorneys, we counsel clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit, non-disclosure, and non-disparagement) and confidentiality provisions, and help repel any efforts to circumvent these provisions.