Gillian Emmett Moldowan is a partner in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice.
She advises companies, boards of directors, executives and investors on compensation and benefit matters, including equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment, retention and severance arrangements. Her practice focuses in particular on issues that arise at the intersection of human capital management and corporate governance and in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions transactions. She regularly counsels clients on disclosure, trading rules (including Section 16) and the negotiation of executive employment arrangements. Gillian also advises on the applicability of federal securities law, tax law and general employment-related legal issues.
- Regularly provides executive compensation, disclosure and governance advice to corporate and financial institution clients, including Advantage Solutions, Altice USA, Alexanders, American Axle & Manufacturing, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Constellium, Deere, Fairfax Financial, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Guggenheim Partners, IMAX, JPMorgan, Kestra, Liberty Global, Mubadala, New York State Deferred Compensation Plan Board, Quest Laboratories, The Chefs’ Warehouse, The Rohatyn Group and Valvoline
- Regularly advises individual executives of public companies and private enterprises on employment, retention and severance issues, including having provided advice to CEOs and other executives in the media, consumer products, retail, financial services, healthcare and not-for-profit industries
- Regularly provides pro bono services to organizations and individuals on a variety of matters, including providing advice to the Legal Aid Society, Sanctuary for Families and various not for profit arts organization
- Altice USA in its agreement to sell 49.99 percent of its LightPath fiber enterprise business to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners for an implied enterprise value of $3.2 billion and in its pending $310 million acquisition of the assets of Morris Broadband
- Ardagh Group S.A. in connection with the combination of its Food & Specialty Metal Packaging business with Element Holdings II L.P., an entity controlled by The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, to form Trivium Packaging
- Ardagh Glass Packaging Inc. in connection with its acquisition of a glass bottle manufacturing facility located in Houston, Texas from Longhorn Glass Manufacturing, L.P., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
- Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. in its acquisition by Waste Management, Inc.
- Ecopetrol on its joint venture with Occidental Petroleum Corporation to develop 97,000 net acres in the Permian Basin in west Texas
- General Electric in its combination of GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes and subsequent transactions with Baker Hughes
- Altice USA in its initial public offering and subsequent separation from Altice N.V.
- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings in its acquisition of NYSE-listed automotive components manufacturer Metaldyne Performance Group Inc.
- Citi in its divestiture of foreign banking assets
- Uzabase, Inc. in its acquisition of Quartz Media LLC from Atlantic Media, Inc
- Valvoline Inc., as borrower, on a $1.05 billion financing consisting of a five-year $575 million term loan A facility and a five-year $475 million revolving credit facility, including a $100 million letter of credit facility
- Bank of America Securities as underwriters of Homology Medicines, Inc.’s follow-on public equity offering of common stock
- Genmab A/S in connection with its initial public offering and listing of ADSs on the Nasdaq
- Cisco Systems Inc. in its acquisition of Singularity Networks
- Bluespring Wealth Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of Kestra Financial, Inc. in its acquisition of U.S. Financial Services, L.L.C.
- Oryx Midstream in its agreement to acquire Targa Resources Corp.’s Permian Delaware crude business in a deal valued at approximately $135 million
- Prairie Farms in connection with its acquisition of certain assets of Dean Foods under a bankruptcy court approved sale procedure
- Stone Point Capital LLC in its sale of Hodges-Mace, LLC to Alight Solutions
- The Praetorian Group in its acquisition by Lexipol, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company
- Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited in its sale of a 6.3% stake in Virtu Financial, Inc
- Wafra Inc. in connection with its launch of Global Container International Holdings LLC
- Capital Square Partners and Aegis in the sale of Aegis to StarTek, Inc.
- Ibere Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company targeting global pharmaceutical assets, in connection with its formation and its related SPAC IPO
The George Washington University Law School
J.D., with Highest Honors
- Order of the Coif
- George Washington Scholar
- Member, The George Washington Law Review
Barnard College, Columbia University
- Chair, New York City Bar Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Committee (2021)
- Member, New York City Bar Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Committee
- Advisory Board Member, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)
- Legal Counsel, International Center of Medieval Art
- Legal Counsel, AIESEC United States
- Trustee, Stevens Cooperative School Board of Trustees (2016 - 2020)
Awards & Accolades
- Recognized as “Up and Coming” by Chambers USA (May 2021)
- Selected as a 2019 “Benefits Practice of the Year” byLaw360 (January 2020)
- Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law360 (July 2018)
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Regularly speaks and publishes on incentive compensation, federal legislation and its impact on employment and best practices in corporate governance and human capital management
- Lead contributor to the publication of the Shearman & Sterling’s annual survey of the compensation-related corporate governance practices of the largest 100 domestic issuers
- “How to Set Up and Grow Your U.S. Office,” presented to the U.K. Department for International Trade RegTech Roadshow (February 2021)
- “Understanding the Securities Laws” presenter at Practising Law Institute (PLI) (July 2020, July 2019, July 2018)
- “The Shifting Wind of Clawbacks,” Workspan Magazine (April 2019)