Diversity & Inclusion
Executive Compensation and Benefits
Erica Schohn’s practice focuses on compensation and benefits arrangements in U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and bankruptcy reorganizations), the negotiation of executive employment and severance arrangements, and the drafting and implementation of equity and other compensation programs.
Ms. Schohn frequently advises clients on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules governing executive compensation disclosure and corporate governance matters relating to compensation practices. As part of this practice, Ms. Schohn is a member of panels and committees comprised of leading government and private- and public-company governance professionals, and she speaks regularly with representatives from the SEC, stock exchanges, institutional investor groups and proxy advisory firms on the latest issues in corporate governance.
Ms. Schohn also regularly advises clients regarding tax planning with respect to compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and the tax rules relating to deferred compensation, the excise tax on excess parachute payments, and limits on the deductibility of executive compensation.
Her experience includes representing companies, private equity funds and individuals in, among others, the pharmaceutical, medical supply, financial, energy, entertainment and travel industries.
Selected representative work experience for Ms. Schohn includes:
Ms. Schohn also has provided advisory work on compensation, benefits, securities and tax-related matters for public and private companies including, among others, Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Janus Capital Group; Medtronic Inc.; Realogy and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Ms. Schohn is the author and editor of the Section 409A Handbook, published by Bloomberg BNA, and speaks at seminars on issues relating to executive compensation, tax planning and corporate governance. Ms. Schohn also was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the Skadden team that was recognized by Chambers USA in 2013 with its Award for Excellence, given annually to a select group of firms on the basis of pre-eminence in key practice areas.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2003 (magna cum laude)
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2000 (high honors)