Palo Alto – LawFuel.com – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Michael T. Frank has joined the firm as a partner in the Palo Alto office. He will be a member of the Employee Benefits practice. Mr. Frank will focus his practice on advising companies on executive compensation and employee benefits issues, with an emphasis on the compensation and benefits aspects of corporate transactions.
Mr. Frank served as the head of the compensation, benefits and ERISA practice group at his previous firm. Mr. Frank has advised companies on issues related to their equity- and cash-based incentive programs. He has also counseled clients on the design and implementation of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, including Section 409A rules and on the proxy disclosure of public company compensation information. Mr. Frank has represented both private and public companies, and his clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth companies.
“Mike’s impressive experience managing the employee benefits work on hundreds of transactions will make him a valuable asset to our corporate clients, as we continue to grow our transactional practice on the West Coast,” said Tom DeFilipps, managing partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office. “Mike’s ability to handle a wide range of compensation matters will immediately support our increasingly active corporate practices both on the West Coast and nationally.”
“The transactional and executive compensation work that Mike does is more and more becoming a significant part of our Employee Benefits practice, and his extensive knowledge and skill in this area will help us further expand our capabilities and serve our growing number of technology, life sciences and other West Coast clients,” said Matthew Johnson, co-leader of Sidley’s Employee Benefits practice. “We are excited to welcome Mike to our team of talented compensation and benefits lawyers.”
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