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Executive Compensation

Executive compensation has become the focus of intense public scrutiny and regulation. Spencer Fane helps clients establish nonqualified deferred compensation programs for their executives and other key employees that comply with the increasing tax, securities, and ERISA constraints. Our attorneys draft, negotiate, and defend executive compensation packages, severance arrangements, change of control (or “golden parachute”) agreements, phantom stock and equity compensation plans, trusts, and split-dollar arrangements. We advise both corporations and their boards, with a particular expertise in deferred compensation programs for governmental and other tax-exempt employers, which are subject to special Tax Code restrictions.