Christine A. McCarthy

Partner
Compensation & Benefits

Christine McCarthy is a partner in the Silicon Valley office and a member of the Compensation and Benefits Group.

Equity Compensation:  Ms. McCarthy has extensive experience advising on all aspects of equity compensation plans and arrangements for multinational private and public emerging companies, as well as large Fortune 500 public companies.  Such advice covers the design, administration, and implementation of such plans and arrangements, as well as compliance with applicable federal and state laws, including corporate, securities and tax laws, NASDAQ/NYSE rules, and accounting rules.  In addition, Ms. McCarthy counsels clients on corporate governance related issues that arise with respect to such plans and arrangements and regularly prepares disclosure required to be included in annual proxy statements, Form 10-K reports and Form 8-K filings.

Executive Compensation:  Ms McCarthy frequently advises compensation committees, Boards of Directors, companies, management and executives on executive employment agreements, severance agreements, change in control agreements, retention plans and agreements (including management carveout plans), long and short term bonus plans and deferred compensation arrangements and the federal and state laws that are implicated by such plans and arrangements, including corporate, securities, labor and employment and tax laws (including Internal Revenue Code Sections 162(m) (rules regarding the deductibility of certain compensation and qualified performance based compensation), 409A (deferred compensation rules) and 280G (the golden parachute rules), as well as ERISA.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  Ms. McCarthy has particular expertise counseling clients on the compensation and benefits issues that arise in merger and acquisition transactions, including issues related to equity compensation, executive compensation, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (deferred compensation), Internal Revenue Code Section 280G (the golden parachute rules), health and welfare plans, and qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.

Before joining the firm, Ms. McCarthy practiced at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Ms. McCarthy speaks and publishes articles regularly on executive and equity compensation related topics.

Ms. McCarthy’s clients have included the following representative companies.

Public Companies

  • Cisco Systems
  • Hawaiian Telcom
  • LivePerson
  • PDF Solutions, Inc.
  • Pfizer (Wyeth)
  • Sallie Mae
  • Sodastream
  • XO Group (The Knot)

Private Companies

  • American Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA)
  • eHarmony
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Quora
  • SAY Media - fka VideoEgg

Leadership

  • EASi Advisory Board, Member
  • American Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA), General Counsel and Secretary
  • Global Equity Organization, Silicon Valley Chapter Committee Member
  • Global Equity Organization, Boston Chapter Committee Member
Christine McCarthy
Admitted In
  • California
  • Massachusetts

Education
  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1997
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1992
Memberships
  • State Bar of California
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Global Equity Organization

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