BRANDON M. GANTUS
Employee Benefits and Compensation
Brandon Gantus is a senior associate in the employee benefits and compensation practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on the representation of companies in their compensation and employee benefits matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Brandon advises clients on the design, drafting, and administration of equity-based compensation programs (including stock option, restricted stock, and other equity arrangements); employment, consulting, retention, severance, change in control, and deferred compensation arrangements; and the associated tax (including Section 409A), accounting, ERISA, and securities law implications.
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, as well as employee communications and public announcements. He counsels clients on the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans and health and welfare plans, and compliance with the laws governing these plans, such as the 2010 healthcare reform laws.
Brandon 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 transactions that he has advised on include: Pharmacyclics in its acquisition by AbbVie ($21 billion); Aruba Networks in its acquisition by HP ($3 billion); Riverbed in its acquisition by a group led by ThomaBravo ($3.6 billion); and regular representations of Google, salesforce.com, and GoDaddy in key acquisitions.
In addition, Brandon has significant experience with public offerings, advising more than a dozen issuers—such as Splunk, Wageworks, RingCentral, Twitter, Inogen, Vivint Solar, Apigee, GoDaddy, and Sunrun—and several underwriters in public offerings and follow-on offerings since the beginning of 2012.EDUCATION:
- LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
With Distinction; Recipient, Employee Benefits Certificate
- J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2006
- B.A., Political Science, Boston College, 2001
- Named to the 2015 edition of the "Rising Stars" list published by Northern California Super Lawyers
- Speaker, "How Public and Private Companies Should Prepare for the Requirements of the SEC's Clawback Rules," The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, San Francisco Chapter, August 2015.
- State Bar of California