Erin Murphy advises public and private companies, compensation committees, and individual executives on a broad array of compensation and benefits issues in the context of corporate transactions and day-to-day business. 

Ms. Murphy regularly advises a wide variety of clients on the design of compensation plans, including:

  • Stock option and other equity incentive plans
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation plans
  • Other incentive compensation plans

Ms. Murphy advises clients on executive compensation, employee benefits, and ERISA matters, with a particular focus in corporate transactions, including:

  • Strategic mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity funds and public and private targets in takeovers
  • Sales and spin-offs
  • Initial public offerings
  • Formation of private investment funds
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring

She regularly works with employers and executives to negotiate, design, and document executive employment, change in control, and severance agreements. 


Ms. Murphy’s representative transactions include:

  • Lulu’s Fashion Lounge Holdings, a women’s fashion brand, in its US$92 million initial public offering
  • Starry, a transformative internet service provider, in its US$1.66 billion business combination with FirstMark Horizon
  • Vacasa, a Silver Lake portfolio company, in its acquisition of TurnKey Vacation Rentals
  • KKR & Co. L.P. in a strategic transaction to create a new liquid alternatives investment firm by combining Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC and KKR Prisma*
  • KSL Capital Partners, LLC in its acquisition of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts*
  • KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. in its initial public offering*
  • Silver Lake Partners in its strategic investments in Cornerstone OnDemand and Oak View Group*
  • Underwriters in Dropbox, Inc.’s initial public offering*
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., a KKR portfolio company, it its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey*
  • The EQT VIII fund in its acquisition of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services*
  • BorgWarner Inc. in its agreement to acquire Delphi Technologies PLC in an all-stock transaction*
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in connection with its sale of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. to Invesco Ltd.*
  • New Mountain Capital in connection with its partnership with New ILC Dover, Inc.*
  • Sedgwick, Inc., a KKR portfolio company, in connection with the sale of Sedgwick to funds affiliated with The Carlyle Group, Stone Point Capital LLC, and other investors*
  • Sedgwick, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of York Risk Services Group*
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of NRG Energy, Inc.’s integrated US renewable energy platform, including its interests in NRG Yield, Inc.*
  • Hub International Limited and Hellman & Friedman in connection with a minority investment in Hub by Altas Partners*
  • ABRA Auto Body & Glass in the combination of ABRA and Caliber Collision*
  • Affiliates of Digital Colony Partners and the EQT Infrastructure IV fund in connection with the acquisition of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.*
  • Creditas Financial Solutions, Ltd. in its US$231 million Series D funding round, primarily led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and SoftBank Group Corp.*
  • Time Warner Cable in its
  • US$78.7 billion merger with Charter Communications Inc.*
  • Terminated US$45.2 billion stock-for-stock merger with Comcast Corporation*
  • Separation from Time Warner Inc.*
  • Joint bid with Comcast Corporation to acquire the assets of Adelphia Communications Corporation*
  • Ric Edelman in the sale of Edelman Financial Services, in two separate transactions, to Lee Equity and Hellman & Friedman LLC*
  • Blackstone in its minority investments in a leading:
  • Multi-strat alternatives firm*
  • Long-short hedge fund firm*
  • Leading credit opportunities hedge fund firm*
  • General Atlantic in its:
  • Acquisitions of leading global beauty brand Too Faced Cosmetics *
  • Acquisitions and combination of two online brokerage firms, OptionsHouse, LLC and tradeMonster*
  • MedExpress, a portfolio company of General Atlantic, in its sale to Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group*
  • TPG, Oaktree, and JH Investments in the US$1.2 billion acquisition of Taylor Wimpey’s North American real estate operations*
  • Michael Kors Holdings in connection with its initial public offering*
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation in connection with its:
  • Chapter 11 cases of its subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. (CEOC) and certain of CEOC’s wholly owned subsidiaries*
  • Formation of a new growth-oriented entity, Caesars Growth Partners
  • Related US$1.1 billion rights offering*

Representative investment fund representations include:

  • Clearlake Capital*
  • Apollo*
  • Blackstone/GSO*
  • Harvest Partners*
  • KKR*
  • Oaktree*
  • Oak Hill Advisors*
  • Trilantic Capital Partners*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York


  • JD, Northwestern University
  • AB, Duke University
    cum laude