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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Rob Fowler

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Tax / Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Executive compensation structuring, negotiation and disclosure; design and implementation of employee benefit plans; employment, change in control and severance agreements; compensation and benefits issues and post-transaction integration in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; multiemployer plans; non-qualified and qualified retirement plans; golden parachutes; Sections 280G, 409A and 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code; governmental plans; compensation issues in master limited partnerships (MLPs); ERISA litigation; employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); consulting agreements; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issues; plan corrections, prohibited transactions and fiduciary issues.


Law Clerk to Hon. Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1996-97; Baker Botts L.L.P. since 1997.




ABA Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee; Employee Benefits Subcommittee of Tax Section, State Bar of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


J.D. (with high honors), University of Chicago Law School, 1996; Order of the Coif, B.S., mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University, 1993

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s employee benefits team is headed by Gail Stewart, who recently advised Rockwater Energy Solutions on the treatment and conversion of employee equity awards in connection with its $1.7bn stock-for-stock merger with Select Energy Services. In addition, Rob Fowler handled the executive compensation aspects (including 280G and 409A compliance issues) of McDermott International’s $6bn cross-border merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron. Eric Winwood and associate Marian Fielding are key contacts in the Dallas office, where recent mandates included advising additives supplier SI Group on its acquisition by private investment firm SK Capital Partners. Further, Mark Bodron handled the equity and incentive awards, 401(k) and pension benefits, welfare benefits and retention issues in relation to Vectren Corporation’s $6bn merger with CenterPoint Energy. Names lawyer are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

At Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston-based Richard Husseini and Derek Green are praised for their 'excellent leadership'. The practice is noted for its strength in energy and technology, where it often advises on cross-border transactions.  Green was part of a firmwide team advising McDermott International on its merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, valued at $6bn; John Lobb and Rob Fowler also worked on the matter. Don Lonczak in Washington DC was part of a firmwide team advising AT&T Corp, a subsidiary of AT&T, Inc, on its sale of data center co-location operations and assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for $1.1bn; Eric Winwood in Dallas also worked on this matter.

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