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Colleen Hart

Colleen Hart

Partner

Colleen Hart is a partner in the Tax Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. Colleen’s practice focuses on the tax planning, securities law and corporate governance aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She advises companies, executives and boards on deferred compensation, golden parachute and deduction limitation rules, and securities reporting, registration and disclosure requirements.

Colleen also counsels clients on benefits and compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bankruptcies and finance transactions. Matters she handles include the revision and negotiation of employment and change-in-control agreements, the design and implementation of deferred compensation, equity and incentive compensation plans.

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Looking Ahead to the 2018 Proxy Season: Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Rules Disclosure Requirements

Pay ratio disclosure rules requiring public companies to disclose the ratio between the annual total compensation of the median employee and the company’s principal executive officer are effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.  Accordingly, most public companies will need to comply with the rules beginning with the 2018 proxy season. … Continue Reading

Sun Capital Court Finds Co-Investing Funds Part of Controlled Group and Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Liabilities

As we previously reported, in Sun Capital, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in 2013 that a private investment fund, pursuant to the so-called “investment plus” test first articulated by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the PBGC), was engaged in a “trade or business” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act … Continue Reading

California Governor Signs New Law Reducing State Tax Penalty for Section 409A Violations

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a measure that will reduce the California income tax penalty for violations of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (“Section 409A”) from 20% to 5%. California law previously provided for a state income tax penalty equal to the federal income tax penalty … Continue Reading
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