Linklaters is building its US team with the employment of former Paul Weiss partner Andrew L Gaines, who has a top reputation as an executive compensation and commercial lawyer.

The Linklaters press release is below:

Linklaters is pleased to announce that Andrew L. Gaines has joined its New York Employment & Incentives practice as a partner and Head of Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits – U.S.

Andrew advises employers on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit plans.  He also advises corporate and private investment fund clients in connection with aspects of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, capital financings, securities offerings, restructurings and reorganizations. Additionally, he regularly counsels senior management and boards of directors on compensation policies and practices, including executive compensation strategy and plan design, corporate governance, and the negotiation of employment and severance agreements.

In addition to his work on high-profile M&A transactions, Andrew also counsels both private fund sponsors and on sophisticated Title I Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters.

Alexandra Beidas, Linklaters’ Global Head of Employment & Incentives, commented:
“Andy is an excellent addition to our leading global employment and incentives practice. He is a highly-regarded lawyer with a sophisticated and technical skillset that will be of tremendous value to our clients who are navigating increasingly complex benefits and compensation matters. We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Andrew joins a distinguished global Employment & Incentives practice that maintains one of the deepest and most globally integrated practices in the world with a distinctive track record.

Tom McGrath, Head of Linklaters’ U.S. Global Practice, added:
“Andy is one of the top lawyers in his field and we’re excited to have him join the firm. His nearly four decades of experience will greatly benefit the clients that seek our help with complex compensation-related matters. His counsel will be in high demand as we continue to grow our corporate and private equity practices in the U.S.”

Andrew joins Linklaters from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation Group.