Pensions, Employment & Executive Compensation

For forward-looking companies, attracting and retaining talent is a strategic imperative, underpinned by sound compensation and benefit plans. When high-stakes events affect those plans, leaders need to make confident decisions grounded in facts, experience and judgment. That’s where our team comes in.

For critical events, board directors overseeing human resources and compensation committees rely on our help in tackling intricate governance issues and the consequences of transactions and reorganizations. Whatever the challenge – from sensitive executive compensation arrangements to the impact of an acquisition, outsourcing or insolvency on benefit plans – we quickly grasp the issues and design workable solutions.

When navigating the balance between employee, shareholder and corporate interests in pension plan commitments, we help at every stage – from plan design and administration to termination and wind-up. Whether dealing with investments, crafting tax strategies or helping to address plan surpluses or deficits, you can count on us for sound advice.

Grounded in experience with long-standing clients in Canada and the U.S., we advocate before tribunals and courts at all levels. In pension or employment litigation, we use our multidisciplinary capabilities to tailor solutions that hold up to both regulatory and shareholder scrutiny while advancing your long-term objectives.

Representative Work

Square, Inc., 2020

Acted as Canadian counsel to Square, Inc. in its acquisition of Dessa, a Toronto-based company building machine learning applications that address significant real-world challenges for all types of businesses.

Hostess Brands, Inc., 2020

Acted as Canadian counsel to Hostess Brands Inc. in its $425-million acquisition of Voortman Cookies Limited from Swander Pace Capital.