Linda Barrett

Linda Barrett

Counsel, Executive Compensation and Benefits
Linda Barrett advises public and private companies, private equity funds, senior executives and compensation committees on their most complex compensation and employee benefits matters.


Ms. Barrett represents a wide variety of clients, including public companies and private equity funds, in a range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues arising in mergers, takeovers, sales, spin-offs, initial public offerings and other corporate transactions. She also counsels employers, compensation committees, private equity funds and executives in negotiating and drafting employment and separation agreements. She advises clients with respect to designing equity-incentive (including stock options, restricted stock, RSUs and profits interests) or cash-based incentive compensation arrangements, non-qualified deferred compensation plans (Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A and 457A), golden parachute excise tax issues, health and welfare programs, and ERISA compliance issues.

She also regularly works on securities filings, such as registration statements, annual proxy statements and Form 8-Ks, as well as on all aspects of employee hires and terminations of employment. Ms. Barrett was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2018 for her work in employee benefits and executive compensation.

Ms. Barrett’s representations have included:

  • Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. III’s in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Clover Health Investments Corp;
  • Builders FirstSource in its $5.5 billion stock acquisition of BMC Stock Holdings;
  • Hg in its sale of Sovos Compliance to a consortium headed by Hg’s Saturn 2 fund and TA Associates;
  • GS Acquisition Holdings Corp. in its $5.3 billion acquisition of Vertiv Holdings Inc.;
  • Coty Inc. in its long-term strategic relationships with Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West to expand their beauty businesses;
  • JAB Holding Company in its acquisition of National Veterinary Associates;
  • Social Capital Hedosophia in its acquisition of Virgin Galactic;
  • Hg in its investment in Litera Microsystems;
  • SmileDirect Club’s in its initial public offering; and
  • Kaman Corporation’s acquisition of Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.



  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2002
  • B.A., Hofstra University, 1994


  • California
  • New York

Linda Barrett

Counsel, Executive Compensation and Benefits