Employee Benefits and Compensation


Y. Jaqueline Tokuda is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she specializes in employee benefits and compensation. Her practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies and individuals in executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

Jaqueline provides advice on the design and administration of equity-based compensation programs (such as stock option, restricted stock, performance-based awards, and other equity arrangements, as well as option exchange and repricing programs); employment, consulting, retention, severance, change in control, and deferred compensation arrangements; and the associated tax (including Sections 409A and 280G), accounting, ERISA, and securities law implications. She regularly assists public companies with corporate governance and compliance matters such as those related to executive compensation disclosures, employee communications, and public announcements.

Prior to attending law school, Jaqueline was an investment banker in the technology group at Credit Suisse First Boston in Palo Alto, California. She also has worked as an investment banker in the real estate securities division of Paine Webber in New York, New York. From 2011 to 2012, Jaqueline temporarily left WSGR to help co-found a business with family.


Jaqueline is actively involved in the firm's transactional practice such as financings, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, including the following representative transactions:

  • Apptio in its $1.94 billion acquisition by Vista Equity Partners
  • Electro Scientific Industries in its $1 billion acquisition by MKS Instruments
  • Lifelock in its $2.3 billion acquisition by Symantec
  • Polycom in its $2 billion acquisition by Siris Capital
  • Informatica in its $5.3 billion acquisition by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Cypress Semiconductor in its $5 billion merger with Spansion
  • A10 Networks in its initial public offering
  • Aerohive in its initial public offering
  • Apptio in its initial public offering
  • ForeScout in its initial public offering
  • LinkedIn in its initial public offering
  • Pacific Biosciences of California in its initial public offering

In addition, Jaqueline is involved in the representation of executives and executive teams, including:

  • Executives of Dell in its $25 billion going-private transaction and $16 billion going-public transaction
  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2006
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2005-2006
  • B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Named to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 "Rising Stars" lists published by Northern California Super Lawyers
  • State Bar of California

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-565-3904

Email | Jaqueline Tokudajtokuda@wsgr.com

Areas of Expertise

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