Benefits, Compensation & Employment

Latham & Watkins provides practical advice and innovative solutions to assist clients in achieving their goals related to attracting and keeping talent and preventing costly employment disputes.

Why Latham

Helping Craft Solutions

Companies turn to Latham for legal and strategic advice on workforce and compensation matters. The Benefits, Compensation and Employment (BCE) team provides taxlitigation, and day-to-day counsel to companies and Boards of Directors on benefits, pension, compensation, and employment law issues. The team also works with clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, outsourcings, restructurings, and other transactions.

The integrated BCE group serves as a single point of contact among relevant advisors while coordinating advice and guidance. With lawyers based in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the group is particularly adept at implementing strategies across international borders.

Proven Expertise

Clients count on Latham to provide practical and strategic advice on the legal, regulatory, and market developments that affect their businesses. Latham’s BCE lawyers understand these developments from the perspectives of shareholders, governments, regulators, executives, employees, and bargaining representatives.

Latham has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Executive and employee compensation, hiring, and termination issues
  • Governance and regulatory issues
  • Stock and cash based incentives
  • Pensions and employee benefits
  • Union and works council negotiations 
  • Harmonization, downsizing, and change management
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Business transfers, M&A, and outsourcing

Latham’s ongoing training programs, insightful publications, and frequent webcasts provide clients with the tools they need to respond to developments and prevent problems before they arise.

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Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Wins Equity and Loan Deals of the Year at IFLR Americas Awards 2019 - July 11, 2019
  • Six Partners Honored as 2018 Rising Stars - July 30, 2018
  • Latham Again Named a “Powerhouse” for Litigation & Trial Work - September 13, 2017
  • Firm Named a “Powerhouse” for Wide-Ranging Litigation Work - September 22, 2016
  • Employee Benefits and Insurance Teams Receive “Awards For Excellence” - May 30, 2016

Latham boasts a “well-respected executive compensation and employee benefits group” that “provides assistance with a wide range of matters including stock and cash-based incentives, deferred compensation, pensions and equity plan alterations, and “offers notable strengths in cross-border transactions.”

Chambers USA 2020

Events

Webcast – 2020 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsWebcast – 2020 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual MeetingWebcast - Designing and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Challenging Environment

Media Coverage

Latham Adds Benefits Attorney in Silicon Valley Rising Star: Latham's Adam KestenbaumLatham & Watkins Steers Integra's $204M Derma Sciences Buy

News

Latham & Watkins Advises Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. in IPOLatham & Watkins Advises Underwriters in ZoomInfo Technologies Inc.’s Secondary Offering of Shares of Class A Common StockFirm Advises Siemens Healthineers On Acquisition of Varian

Thought Leadership

Department of Labor: Plan Fiduciaries Can Include Private Equity Investment Options for Defined Contribution Retirement Plans Return to Work: Preparing for the Future Amid COVID-19COVID-19: Managing Worker Health & Safety

Webcasts & Podcasts

Return to Work: Preparing for the Future Amid COVID-192020 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsGeneral Counsel Forum