Executive Compensation

Stradling's compensation and benefits services cover all of the relevant state law, tax, ERISA, corporate, SEC, and accounting issues of each matter of concern to our clients.

Our clients include:

  • Large corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Startups
  • Tax-exempt entities
  • Founders
  • Executives in virtually every sector of the economy

We also advise large public sector retirement systems, working closely with state and federal regulatory agencies such as the:

  • California Department of Corporations
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

We routinely assist our public company clients with:

  • Corporate governance
  • Reasonable compensation
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Proxy disclosure and M&A issues
  • 1933/1934 Act compliance
  • Section 16 compliance
  • Insider trading and 10b5-1 plans
  • Section 162(m) deduction limits
  • Stock option repricings
  • Global stock plans
  • Accounting issues

We also assist with nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements in compliance with 409A of the Code.

We often help clients determine what is "reasonable compensation" and "custom and practice" in specific instances and avoid nettlesome issues, such as IRC Sections 280G and 162(m), as well as intermediate sanctions issues.

Our executive compensation group works closely with our securities litigation group when special investigations are required, enforcement action is imminent, or when other possible areas of litigation arise.