Ellie focuses her practice on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit matters arising in mergers and acquisitions. She has considerable experience with executive compensation and employee benefit due diligence; negotiation of benefit and compensation-related representations, warranties, covenants and other related provisions in transaction agreements; treatment of outstanding equity compensation awards; 280G “golden parachute” analysis and related shareholder approval documentation; and post-closing integration and design of employee benefit and compensation programs.
In addition to her transactional work, Ellie regularly advises clients on the design and implementation of various executive compensation arrangements, including employment, severance, change of control and retention agreements, as well as equity-based incentive awards, such as stock options, restricted shares, phantom stock, appreciation rights and profits interests.
She also has experience with ERISA and employee benefit matters arising in financing arrangements representing both lenders and borrowers; public company executive compensation disclosure matters; 409A and 457A non-qualified deferred compensation design and compliance; and retirement and welfare benefit plan design and compliance.
Ellie regularly advises investment managers, fund sponsors, retirement plan investors and other financial market participants on ERISA matters, including with regard to advice regarding fiduciary duties, prohibited transaction rules, and ESG and proxy voting considerations.
Ellie is fluent in Korean and conversant in French.