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Debra Hoffman

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Employment & Benefits.


Debra Hoffman is a well-regarded benefits attorney whose practice is focused on issues regarding all areas of ERISA, employee benefit plans, and executive compensation. She especially concentrates on benefits issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions. Debra has considerable experience advising clients relative to: ERISA and Employee Benefit Plans. Implementation, administration, and termination of pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus, stock purchase, thrift, employee stock ownership, and welfare benefit plans; merger and continuation issues arising in acquisition and sale transactions and corporate restructurings; pension and welfare benefit plan issues arising in lending transactions; and plan matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Executive Compensation. Representation of corporations and executives in design, drafting, securities, and taxation issues of employment agreements; consulting agreements; severance agreements; stock options and other equity -based incentive compensation arrangements; excess benefit plans; and deferred compensation plans.


Ripon College, BA, 1978; DePaul University, JD, 1986.

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

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

Maureen Gorman in Palo Alto leads the employment and benefits practice at Mayer Brown, which has expertise in domestic and international tax and benefit advice, ERISA fiduciary compliance and preparations for IRS and DOL investigations. Highlights include Gorman and counsel Karen Grotberg advising the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on its qualified plan structuring, and Lennine Occhico assisting a global private equity fund with the structuring and establishment of an investment vehicle in compliance with securities law and ERISA obligations. The team also serves as primary ERISA counsel for a leading hedge fund. Debra Hoffman is another key contact. Adapt Pharma, Envestnet, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Hartford Financial Group are also noteworthy clients. Named lawyers are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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

Maureen Gorman in Palo Alto heads the employment and benefits practice at Mayer Brown, which acts for domestic and international clients across a broad range of industries. A significant matter saw Debra Hoffman assisting The Hartford Group with the integration of 1,800 employees to its benefits scheme following a $1.5 acquisition of an Aetna subsidiary; newly made partner Stephanie Vasconcellos was also involved in that matter. Ryan Liebl advised Envestnet on all benefits and executive compensation matters arising from its $200m acquisition of Folio Dynamix. The team's client base also includes Adapt Pharma, AT&T, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Sempra Energy. Aside from the practice head, in Palo Alto, all named attorneys are based in Chicago.

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