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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 advises companies, executives and boards on complex executive compensation matters. She offers a multidisciplinary approach to compensation and benefits issues with a focus on tax planning, securities laws and corporate governance. Matters she handles include the negotiation, structuring and implementation of employment and change-in-control agreements and deferred compensation, equity and incentive compensation plans. She advises on golden parachute and deduction limitation rules, securities reporting, registration and disclosure requirements and California employment laws. In addition, Colleen has extensive experience advising clients on compensation and benefits issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bankruptcies and finance transactions.

Colleen is a contributing author of The 409A Handbook (BNA 2016) and lectures frequently on executive compensation matters. As a U.S. Navy veteran, Colleen devotes a substantial amount of time to organizations that provide legal and support services to U.S. veterans.

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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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