G Spera

George T. Spera, Jr.


George Spera is a member of Shearman & Sterling’s Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group. He works with both domestic and non-U.S. companies on a variety of incentive compensation and benefits programs. His practice includes securities law, tax and employment law matters.

Mr. Spera joined Shearman & Sterling in its Paris office and has practiced with the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group in New York since 1990. His prior experience included a clerkship with the Hon. Arlin M. Adams, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Selected Experience

  • Morgan Stanley and Ambac Financial Group, Inc. in designing and implementing incentive compensation arrangements for their professional employees
  • Viacom in connection with its separation into two public companies and its disposition of Blockbuster
  • Vivendi Universal in connection with compensation arrangements for executives of UMG
  • Thales, Michelin, Socété Générale, Rhodia, Accor and other French companies in directed employee share offerings
  • Various firm clients in connection with securities and tax law issues and negotiation of senior executive employment, termination and change-in-control arrangements



  • Harvard University, J.D., 1980, cum laude      Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1977, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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