Sidley Austin LLP

Matthew E Johnson

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Practice Areas

Matthew Johnson is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office, and is co-leader of the firm’s global Employee Benefits practice area. Matt represents and advises clients in all types of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including:

the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans;

the design and administration of equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, such as stock option, restricted stock, restricted stock unit, phantom stock and employee stock purchase plans, and the treatment of these plans in corporate acquisitions and dispositions;

negotiating executive employment and separation agreements;

designing and administering supplemental pension, deferred compensation and other benefit plans for executives;

the employee benefit and executive compensation aspects of corporate transactions (mergers, stock and asset purchase transactions, spin-offs);

the employee benefit and executive compensation aspects of bankruptcy and other restructuring transactions; and

tax and other regulatory issues relating to employee benefits and executive compensation (e.g., IRC Sections 280G, 162(m) and 409A).

Publications

“Federal Regulators Re-Propose Joint Rule on Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements at Large Financial Institutions,” Corporate Governance Update (May 11, 2016)

“View From Sidley: ‘A Million Here, a Million There, Pretty Soon You’re Talking Real Money,’” BNA’s Pension & Benefits Daily (November 18, 2015)