Employee Benefits and Compensation
Sriram Krishnamurthy is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on the representation of private and public high-technology and growth companies in regard to executive compensation and employee benefits matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Sriram advises clients on the design, drafting, and administration of equity-based compensation programs (including stock option, restricted stock unit, and other equity arrangements), employment, consulting, retention, severance, change in control, and deferred compensation arrangements, as well as the associated tax (including Section 409A), accounting, and securities law implications of such programs. He also regularly assists public and private companies with corporate governance and compliance matters, including compensation disclosures for proxy filings and other applicable securities filings, employee communications, and public announcements.
As an active member of the firm's transactional practice, Sriram has played a key role in many corporate transactions during the last several years, representing buyers and sellers in connection with employee benefits and compensation-related aspects, including pre-signing negotiations, executive and equity compensation (including Section 280G—the golden parachute rules), and post-closing employee integration issues. Significant recent transactions Sriram has advised on include: Altera in its pending acquisition by Intel ($16.7 billion); TIBCO Software in its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners ($4 billion); Trulia in its acquisition by Zillow ($3.5 billion); hybris in its acquisition by SAP ($1 billion); and regular representations of Twitter, FireEye, and Palo Alto Networks as the purchaser in key acquisitions.
In addition, Sriram has significant experience with public offerings, having advised over a dozen issuers—including MINDBODY, Box, On Deck Capital, Arista Networks, FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, NanoString, Marketo, Qualys, and Audience—and several underwriters in public offerings and follow-on offerings since the beginning of 2012.
Prior to attending law school, Sriram was an assurance and business advisory services associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers.EDUCATION:
- LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2007
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2006
- B.A., Molecular & Cellular Biology (emphasis on Cell & Developmental Biology), University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Minor in Business Administration
- Bar of the District of Columbia
- State Bar of California
- State Bar of New York