Anthony J. Eppert

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Houston

600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.4276
F: +1.713.220.4285
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Anthony J. Eppert

Partner

Houston Office
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.4276
F: +1.713.220.4285

Tony's legal practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefit arrangements (including their related tax, accounting, securities and corporate governance issues) in the United States and abroad. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Representative Experience

Corporate Representation: Advises private and publicly-traded clients and their boards of directors on compensation and benefits matters, including:

  • Drafting and maintaining equity and synthetic equity plans
  • Drafting CD&As
  • Addressing issues under applicable federal and state securities laws
  • Addressing listing requirements under NYSE, NASDAQ and TSX exchanges
  • Advising on institutional shareholder expectations and requirements
  • Advising pre-IPO companies on their compensation arrangements
  • Advising on various tax issues relating to equity compensation and performing 162(m) analyses
  • Negotiating and preparing documents for the hiring and firing of key employees
  • Drafting employment agreements under U.S. and/or PRC laws
  • Structuring international compensation arrangements, including recharge agreements and international assignments
  • Designing, drafting and administering retirement plans (e.g. 401(k), 403(b) and defined benefit plans) and health and welfare plans (including self-funded arrangements)

Transactions: Advises clients on compensation and benefit issues associated with corporate transactions, including:

  • Tailoring of transaction documents
  • Drafting option cancellation/assumption agreements and inducement plans
  • Negotiating non-compete and non-solicitation clauses
  • Addressing incentive and retention issues
  • Performing Section 280G analyses and associated benchmarking
  • Merging employee benefit plans

Section 409A: Helps clients comply with all aspects of Section 409A and its application to traditional non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, equity plans, employment and severance arrangements, bonus arrangements and reimbursement arrangements

ESOPs: Advises companies and shareholders on the sale of stock to an employee stock ownership plan, the structure and implementation of the underlying corporate transaction, and associated fiduciary duties and repurchase liabilities

Executive Representation: Represents numerous executives in complex negotiations of their hiring or termination of employment

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