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Kenneth J. Laverriere

Partner

Kenneth Laverriere is a partner in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice. His practice focuses on the structure and design of executive pay; board governance and oversight related to compensation and senior officer transitions; advice to fiduciaries on the management and investment of pension assets; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) negotiations; Section 16 reporting and risk management; negotiation of compensation and benefit arrangements in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions; public company reporting and disclosure; representation of senior executives in employment negotiations; equity, incentive and deferred compensation; private-company compensation and pay practices in the financial sector; and the application of ERISA’s fiduciary, prohibited transaction and plan asset rules to complex financial transactions. Kenneth also works closely with the Litigation practice on ERISA litigation matters and the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice in insolvency proceedings.

Kenneth represents corporate clients, financial institutions, asset management firms and investment funds, including the New York State Deferred Compensation Board (NYSDCB), Legal & General, S&P Global, Inc., DowDuPont, General Electric, The Rohatyn Group and GTIS.

Selected Experience

  • NYSDCB in a $15 billion asset restructuring
  • General Electric in connection with the sale of its asset management business
  • The Rohatyn Group in the acquisition of a renewal resources manager
  • Various CEOs in the negotiation of employment agreements

Selected Publications

  • “Standing On Higher Ground: How And When to Adopt Pay Practices That Don’t Comply With Proxy Adviser Guidelines,” published by Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report on February 2, 2015.
  • “Just Say No: Why Directors Should Avoid Duties That Will Subject Them to ERISA,” published by Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report on February 20, 2015.
  • “The US Department of Labor’s Final ‘Fiduciary’ Rule Incorporates Concessions to Financial Service Industry but Still Poses Key Challenges,” published by Emerald Group Publishing’s Journal of Investment Compliance (JOIC) on December 6, 2016.

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Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Vermont, M.Ed.
  • Merrimack College, B.A.
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