NEW YORK (February 6, 2005) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Robert M. Siper have joined the Firm's Employee Benefits Department as partners in the New York office. Mr. Siper will lead the New York effort in its continuing development of the Firm's executive compensation and employee benefits advisory practice. This practice will be expanded to include enhanced services in the areas of executive compensation, benefit plan risk assessment and transactional services (e.g. transactional due diligence, golden parachute analysis and post-transaction integration).
"Bob has more than 35 combined years of experience assessing companies' executive compensation needs and developing the most tax-efficient plans maintaining the companies' business strategy as the underlying priority," commented John Hendrickson, head of the Firm's Employee Benefits Department. "He will be working closely with both our employee benefits and tax lawyers to provide a comprehensive set of services to our clients."
Mr. Siper provides consultation on qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation, both equity and non-equity based programs; fringe benefits and compensation planning for executives from both design and regulatory compliance perspectives. He advises U.S., international and multinational corporations on pension and compensation planning.
"This is an exciting opportunity to meld our previously thought of 'accounting practice' with the international legal practice of McDermott," commented Mr. Siper. "Joining McDermott gives us the opportunity to provide our clients with a full range of HR legal and advisory services."
Mr. Siper is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section and the New York State Bar Association Employee Benefits Section. He has also served on the board of directors of the American Benefits Council and the Legislative and Regulatory Commission of the ESOP Association. He earned his B.B.A. and J.D. from Hofstra University and his M.B.A. from Baruch College.
McDermott Will & Emery is a pioneer in the field of employee benefits. Our lawyers have been advising clients on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for more than 50 years. The Firm represents more than 38 Fortune 500 companies and 10 Fortune 100 companies in employee benefits matters on a regular basis.
McDermott Will & Emery's New York office has more than 140 lawyers who represent a broad range of regional, U.S. and international clients, including some of the world's largest publicly and privately-held companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and high-net-worth individuals.