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Eric Winwood

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Tax / Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Provides counsel on nearly all aspects of non qualified deferred compensation plans and other executive compensation arrangements, equity and equity-based plans and arrangements, and matters relating to investments of plan assets under ERISA (including ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction matters); and employee benefit, executive compensation and other labor and employment aspects of merger and acquisition transactions. Also provides counsel with respect to qualified retirement plans, health plans and other welfare plans. Such counsel is provided to boards of directors, senior executives and legal departments regarding these matters and related SEC filings, as well as to compensation committees regarding executive compensation matters. Clients range from large international corporations to middle-market to small companies, public and private, and partnerships and limited liability companies.


Mr. Winwood joined Baker Botts in 2007 and became a partner in 2011. Mr. Winwood has been recognized as a leading practitioner in employee benefits and executive compensation by The Legal 500, Texas Monthly Magazine and D Magazine. He is a frequent speaker for the Dallas Bar Association’s Employee Benefits / Executive Compensation Section, where he serves as Vice Chairperson, and has provided recent speeches involving executive compensation developments, health care reform and “plan assets” matters. In addition, Mr. Winwood is a member of the IRS Gulf States TE/GE Council and the Southwest Benefits Association.


Admitted in Texas. Chairperson, TEGE Gulf Coast Council. Treasurer National TEGE Council. Past Chairperson, Dallas Bar Association Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Section.


LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2003; J.D. (cum laude), Tulane University Law School, 2001; B.A., Geology, Southern Methodist University, 1996.

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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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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