|NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Andy Barton has joined its ERISA and Executive Compensation practice as a partner in the New York office.
Barton focuses on executive compensation and the related tax and securities law issues that arise in the private equity realm -- in acquisitions as well as in the day-to-day operations of portfolio companies. He represents both private equity sponsors and portfolio company management in the negotiation, design and implementation of cash- and equity-based compensation arrangements for management teams. He also advises on general matters arising in diligence and transaction documents, including rollover arrangements and the Section 280G parachute vote process. In addition, Barton assists public companies with day-to-day executive compensation matters and annual and periodic filing obligations, and has assisted clients with executive compensation matters arising in bankruptcy.
"We have seen a steady rise in demand for ERISA and executive compensation advisory as our Private Equity, Technology and Life Sciences practices have grown, and as the regulatory environment has become even more complex," said Scott Webster, chair of Goodwin's ERISA and Executive Compensation practice. "With a depth of experience within the private equity and emerging companies fields, Andy adds a valuable complement to our practice as we continue to expand."
Barton received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice in New York State and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Goodwin's ERISA and Executive Compensation lawyers work with clients and investors in a range of industries, both public and private, including technology and life sciences companies, banks and other financial services companies, REITs, hospitality companies, and private equity and venture-backed companies. The team provides counsel on the full range of tax, accounting, corporate and securities law issues that arise in structuring, implementing and administering equity-based compensation, incentive compensation and other employee benefit plans and arrangements, particularly in the context of M&A transactions, early- and late-stage financings, and initial public offerings.