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James Metz

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James Metz is a partner in the Tax Department of Latham & Watkins' Silicon Valley office. Mr. Metz's practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. He specializes in merger and acquisition transactions, equity incentive plans, employee stock purchase plans, health and welfare plans, and federal and state securities laws issues. Mr. Metz also drafts employment agreements and severance agreements for executives. 


United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Latham & Watkins LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô practice group is headed by¬†New York‚Äôs Bradd Williamson¬†and is particularly active in the energy, technology and asset management industries. Recent highlights¬†included New York-based Lori Goodman¬†handling the equity compensation plans in connection with Spotify‚Äôs $26.5bn direct IPO listing on the NYSE. Additionally, San Francisco-based¬†Julie Crisp¬†and Los Angeles-based¬†Laurence Seymour¬†are advising T-Mobile on the benefits and compensation issues arising from its impending $126bn merger with Sprint Corporation; this deal will create the second largest wireless carrier in the US. In Silicon Valley, James Metz¬†handled CH2M Hill‚Äôs ¬£3.3bn sale to Jacobs Engineering Group, while David Taub¬†in Los Angeles assisted Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners with its $1.8bn subsidiary sale to USA Compression Partners. Michelle Carpenter¬†is ‚Äėa true pleasure to work with and leaves no stone un-turned‚Äô; also based in Los Angeles, she advised Impact Biomedicines on its $7bn acquisition by Celgene Corporation. Also recommended are Washington DC-based¬†Adam Kestenbaum, who has experience of equity transactions in the oil and gas sector, and associates¬†Nikhil Kumar¬†in Washington DC and Jordan Salzman¬†in New York. Vice chair of the global tax department David Della Rocca¬†also has a particular focus on employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

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