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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017-3954
United States
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Work Department

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits


Head of the Firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Practice includes participation in complex mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation and structuring, securities and commercial banking transactions involving issues arising under ERISA and related provisions of the Internal Revenue Code; the structuring and implementation of management equity arrangements, and other executive compensation, employment and severance programs; and advice with respect to tax, accounting and securities law issues related thereto.


Joined firm as a Partner in 1998; Previously a Partner at Paul, Weiss.


Columbia Law School (J.D., 1988); Amherst College (B.A., 1985).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

(Hall of Fame)

Brian RobbinsSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s expertise in the private equity space continues, with the team praised for its ‘excellent and pragmatic advice’ to private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as some of the firm’s corporate clients, on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of high-end M&A and IPOs. Brian Robbins leads the practice and regularly handles ERISA Title 1 issues, while Laurence Moss focuses on leveraged buyout transactions. Gregory Grogan recently represented Microsoft in its pending $19.7bn acquisition of Nuance Communications, and David Rubinsky advises private equity investors and the management teams of their portfolio companies on equity compensation arrangements. Jeannine McSweeney acts for clients across the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors on a range of executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements, and Andrew Blau handles equity and deferred compensation plans, as well as tax and securities-related issues. Palo Alto-based Tristan Brown notably advises private equity funds, including Silver Lake Partners and KKR, in M&A deals. Named attorneys operate from the firm’s New York office unless otherwise stated.