Sarah Downie > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States
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Sarah Downie has extensive experience in the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of mergers, acquisitions, financings and private equity as well as corporate restructurings. She represents companies in the negotiation and drafting of employment and severance agreements. She also advises on the design and operation of executive and employee benefit arrangements including equity compensation and cash incentive plans, change in control and retention arrangements and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. She also has extensive experience with ERISA in connection with fund formation and advises clients on compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary obligations and prohibited transaction rules.


Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1995).

Lawyer Rankings

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

Praised for its ‘strong executive compensation practice, particularly in the private equity space’, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s stellar workload includes high-end M&A and private equity transactions. Also noted for its capability in handling a broad range of employee benefit issues, the New York-based team is led by Paul Wessel, who has deep experience advising public companies on compensation matters relating to IPOs, bankruptcies and restructurings. ‘Emerging as a leader in this space’, Amy Rubin is a key member of the group and advised Gores Guggenheim in its $20bn merger with Polestar Performance AB. Michael Nissan is the go-to contact for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, including Advent International and Blackstone, while Sarah Downie advises senior executives and public companies on matters relating to severance agreements. Aimee Adler, who joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in September 2021, is a ‘great addition to the team’.