From complex cross-border transactions to exclusively local deals, clients rely on Shearman & Sterling’s vast international network to help accomplish their business goals. The firm has approximately 850 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, and its lawyers come from some 80 countries, speak more than 60 languages and practice US, English, EU, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. They also practice Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law.
FW Cook provides management consulting assistance to corporations in developing compensation plans for their executives and key employees. Formed in 1973, our firm has over 80 employees and has served over 2,700 clients from offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, and Boston. Our focus is on performance-based compensation programs (salaries, annual incentives, long-term incentives and stock ownership programs) which help companies attract and retain key employees, motivate and reward them for improved performance, and align their interests with shareowners. Our objective is to add value to our clients' compensation programs through an independent viewpoint and distinctive capabilities. Our strategy is to offer services in important areas where we can distinguish ourselves and build a reputation as the leading management compensation consulting firm in the United States. The measure of our effectiveness is whether our clients take actions that result in improving their competitive position and economic vitality.
Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC is one of the largest independent executive compensation consulting firms in North America. We provide trusted counsel to Boards and Management at hundreds of large public and private companies, consulting on executive compensation design issues, corporate governance matters and related disclosures. Our consultants have decades of experience in developing pay solutions that are responsive to shareholders, reflect good governance practices and align with company performance.
CAP is an independent executive compensation consulting firm. We work with boards of directors and management teams to develop innovative and practical solutions that advance company objectives and help our clients make informed decisions about executive compensation.
Kenneth J. Laverriere is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group and has practiced at the firm for more than 30 years. He regularly speaks and writes on matters involving executive pay, governance and ERISA.
Ms. Nussbaum joined the firm in 2012 and is a Principal in our Los Angeles office. Previously she was employed as an attorney at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in executive compensation and benefits. She received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Don is a partner at Meridian Compensation Partners and leads Meridian’s Corporate Governance and Regulatory Team.
Don has nearly 30 years of professional experience, including 20 years advising client’s on a broad range of technical, regulatory and corporate governance matters impacting the design, implementation and administration of executive compensation arrangements. These include accounting standards, tax rules, proxy disclosure requirements, securities exchange listing standards, and proxy voting guidelines of major institutional shareholders and their advisers, like ISS and Glass Lewis. Don also has assisted clients in designing a broad range of compensation arrangements including, short-term and long-term incentive plans, severance arrangements, change-in-control agreements, deferred compensation plans, and employment agreements. As head of the firm’s technical practice, Don is responsible for publishing the firm’s periodic client updates.
Don received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois (Urbana) and a J.D. (with highest honors) from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Meridian/Hewitt, Don worked 15 years in the HR consulting practices of two Big-4 accounting firms and 6 years as an attorney at two major Chicago law firms.
Shaun Bisman is a principal at Compensation Advisory Partners LLC (CAP) in New York. He has 10 years of experience consulting to management and compensation committees. Shaun provides compensation consulting services to both public and privately-held companies.
Shaun has significant experience in consumer products, financial services and insurance industries. He also authors CAP client alerts and oversees CAP’s Dodd-Frank/Say on Pay research.