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Golden Handcuffs: How to compensate and retain key employees

April 18, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am EDT

Increasingly the value of companies is driven not my machinery and equipment, but by an assembled workforce of knowledge workers and management. Once upon a time it was easy to ensure value conveyed in a transaction: make sure the trucks, machines, and widgets were present at closing! But in today’s world where value is vested in the workforce- and non-competes are increasingly difficult to enforce – how can we ensure value conveys in a transaction?

Enter the Golden Handcuffs.

Our expert panel will discuss a range of ways to entice key employees to hang around post-closing, increasing both buyer confidence and overall purchase price.

We’ll be discussing:
– Using Equity to provide continuity
– Non-equity incentives (Options, SAR’s, Profits Interest, and other Synthetics)
– How life insurance can be used as an incentive tool
– The impact on employees from an HR perspective

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand various techniques to retain Key Employees, to include stay bonuses, synthetic equity, etc
  • Pro’s and cons of various mechanisms
  • Understand when to bring key employees into the deal team


Nichole Atallah counsels clients in a broad range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA/wage & hour, FMLA, wrongful termination and reduction in force. Ms. Atallah advises clients in general business matters including interpreting and drafting employee compensation and benefit arrangements, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and separation agreements. When necessary, she zealously defends clients faced with a wide range of lawsuits and claims, from wrongful termination to contract disputes. Her goal in representing employers is to help retain management rights and avoid costly disputes.

Jonathan Bush counsels clients across varied industries on a broad range of corporate law matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, as well as corporate finance and securities laws. He advises clients in all phases of their business life cycle from start-up to sale of the company. Prior to joining PilieroMazza, Mr. Bush was a senior associate in the corporate and securities practice group for Dechert LLP in addition to working for two international law firms earlier in his career.

David Hillelsohn is the owner/founder of DHill Financial and is an Insurance professional with a different take on insurance – to be a partner, not an insurance vendor. He leverages 26 years of insurance wholesaling experience to understand how insurance companies function and bring a fresh perspective for individuals, families, and businesses looking to an insurance partner they can trust to represent their interests. Mr. Hillelsohn is licensed for life insurance and health insurance in the DMV and in over 30 states around the country.


April 18, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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(888) 827-1624

Cancellation Policy: Refunds available until 5 days out from the event.


The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner
1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA 22102 United States
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