Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits

Latham’s Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits lawyers advise clients around the world on a full spectrum of corporate transactions and representations.

Why Latham

Whatever the size of a deal or stage of a company’s development, we handle the most challenging compensation, employee benefits, and employment issues facing businesses today. 

We work with clients to address virtually every potential issue — from tailoring compensation arrangements in the context of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, to complex multi-jurisdictional employment and employee benefits matters, to optimizing plan design to account for tax and securities law considerations. Our clients include Silicon Valley unicorns, New York financial institutions, London private equity firms, Hong Kong emerging growth companies and every type of company in between. As we work with our clients, we pride ourselves on partnering together and working as an integrated part of our client’s team. 

Given the scope of Latham’s practices, we have an unparalleled view of the compensation, benefits, and employment issues that arise in any industry around the world. Our global reach and cross-office collaboration give us a unique ability to access the insights of colleagues throughout the world on issues such as tax, securities, labor and employment, and corporate governance. Much of our work requires a sophisticated understanding of not only the legal landscape, but also market practice and conditions. We draw on our unmatched global expertise and client experience to efficiently develop commercial and practical workforce solutions with our clients.

Awards & Rankings

  • Three Latham Partners Named Among Los Angeles Market Leaders - May 16, 2022
  • Los Angeles Partner Named Among Local Women of Influence - May 03, 2022
  • Nine Latham Partners Receive 2021 MVP Recognitions - August 30, 2021
  • Latham Wins Equity and Loan Deals of the Year at IFLR Americas Awards 2019 - July 11, 2019
  • Six Partners Honored as 2018 Rising Stars - July 30, 2018

Latham boasts a “well-respected executive compensation and employee benefits group” that “provides assistance with a wide range of matters including stock and cash-based incentives, deferred compensation, pensions and equity plan alterations, and “offers notable strengths in cross-border transactions.”

Chambers USA 2020


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Media Coverage

Women of Influence Attorneys: Michelle Carpenter ‘Leaving a Terrific Legacy’: USWNT, US Soccer Federation Settle Equal Pay Lawsuit for US$24 MillionBenefits MVP: Jay Metz


Latham & Watkins LLP Advises Inspiration Mobility, an EV Infrastructure Platform, in US$215 Million in New Capital InvestmentLatham & Watkins Advises Centennial Resource Development in its Merger with Colgate EnergyLatham Advises ArcLight in its Acquisition and Financing of a 25% Interest in the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline

Thought Leadership

California Gender Board Diversity Law Is Held UnconstitutionalFrench Supreme Court Validates Caps on Damages for Unfair DismissalsCalifornia Board Diversity Law Requiring Directors From “Underrepresented Communities” Is Held Unconstitutional

Webcasts & Podcasts

2022 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual MeetingDesigning and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Challenging Environment2022 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming Season