Shearman & Sterling LLP

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

New York
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What the team is known for Formidable employee benefits and executive compensation group concentrating its practice on financial services, fashion and retail, media and entertainment and technology. Advises on an array of matters including M&A benefits and compensation matters, deferred compensation, retirement plan formation and implementation, and ERISA issues. Also advises compensation committees and boards of directors in connection with governance processes surrounding compensation matters. Regularly advises on cross-border issues.

Strengths"It's a very good team and our go-to for complex and unusual cases," reports a client, adding: "They have deep subject matter expertise and give excellent client service. They're very timely, responsive, they know what we need and they really strive to get things right."

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline on its $5.1 billion acquisition of Tesaro.

Notable practitioners


Doreen Lilienfeld
is considered "a gifted adviser on employee benefit issues." She acts for a variety of clients, including energy companies, national retailers and global financial institutions. She wins praise for her "breadth of knowledge and expertise" and ability to "craft creative solutions."


John Cannon
guides his clients through a range of compensation and benefits matters stemming from corporate transactions. His practice includes advising on corporate governance issues and pension and employee benefit plans. Sources describe him as "a very careful and smart lawyer" and "very likable."


Ken Laverriere
maintains a well-regarded practice focusing on executive compensation and benefits issues linked to corporate transactions. "He is knowledgeable, solutions-oriented and gets things done," comments an interviewee, adding: "He is a strong technical lawyer too."


Linda Rappaport
is a seasoned lawyer who is widely respected by her peers and clients for the depth of her experience in the benefits and compensation space.