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In today’s competitive marketplace for human capital, executive compensation arrangements that reward executives and create value for shareholders are indispensable tools for attracting and retaining first-rate talent. Corporate governance practices related to compensation must be designed to provide boards and committees with the information and resources necessary to make informed judgments, must advance business goals and strategy, and should withstand hindsight reexamination when decisions are challenged by investors or regulators. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, corporate governance and executive compensation decisions have become the focus of intense regulatory and shareholder scrutiny. The strongest public companies are able to withstand this scrutiny without sacrificing their ability to hire the best executives. In this highly charged environment, it is increasingly important to have trusted legal counsel who have successfully managed market demands, increasingly complex and sometimes conflicting regulations, and stakeholder interests for public and private companies.

The lawyers in Shearman & Sterling’s Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group are thoroughly familiar with these challenges. We advise public and private companies and corporate boards and committees across all industry segments on the full spectrum of compensation and governance issues. With decades of experience, we are trusted advisers to our clients, helping you carefully navigate the competing interests of executives, corporations and shareholders.

For example:

Representing David Karp, the founder and CEO of Tumblr., with his employment, retention and tax arrangements in connection with its sale to Yahoo! for $1.1 billion.

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“Building long-term relationships with clients – to be a trusted advisor to clients – that’s the most satisfying thing. It’s what I always hoped to be as a lawyer.”
Linda Rappaport
Compensation, Governance & ERISA

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