Executive Compensation and Separation

Barton represents high-level executives, managing directors, and other senior personnel in connection with the negotiation of their compensation and severance arrangements. This can include deferred or restricted equity, earn-outs, and bonus and stock option plans.

We design compensation plans tailored to fit the specific needs of each of our clients, creating well-balanced strategies to incentivize executives and realize business objectives.

On separation, we frequently advise and represent clients regarding non-compete and non-solicitation provisions, retention agreements, non-disparagement provisions, and post-sale consulting agreements. Barton’s team routinely negotiates on the client’s behalf, designs comprehensive severance/benefit packages, ensures compliance under applicable state and federal laws, and reduces the risk for litigation in the future whether the separation is amicable or otherwise.

Additionally, clients also often seek our guidance concerning mergers or acquisitions that will affect their employment status and compensation structure.

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Executive Compensation and Separation

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  • Negotiated Multi-Year Employment Agreements for Sr. Execs
    • Represented a leading privately-owned fashion business in the negotiation of multi-year employment agreements for its senior executives.A key aspect of the employment agreements was the design and structure of an equity-based incentive plan that met the specifications of the owner of the business and at the same time incentivized the executives.The entire package was custom-tailored to the needs of the business and its industry.