Calendar of Upcoming Events for the LOS ANGELES Chapter

Prior Events

Date and Time:2/7/2017 11:30AM
Event:Los Angeles Chapter Luncheon and 2017 Kickoff - Deferred (Stock) Compensation
Topic:Equity and Deferred Compensation - Legal and Practical Considerations with Mark Jones from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Margaret Black of Pearl Meyer Partners
Location:Offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 725 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90017
Contact:Courtney Rodgers
Contact Phone:650-331-6162

Deferred Compensation: Tips and Tricks for M&A and Daily Administration


If your company allows employees to defer stock or cash, you know that you must wrestle with the rules under Section 409A of the Tax Code, which can often seem arbitrary, complicated and punitive.  This is particularly true in the context of an acquisition, spin-off or merger.  In this presentation, we will help make sense of the chaos by discussing best (and worst) practices, design tips for avoiding problems and ideas on how to fix common problems.  This lunch will be an open discussion, and we welcome any and all questions.




Margaret Black is a managing director in the Los Angeles office of Pearl Meyer, a leading executive compensation consultancy. She is a member of the firm’s Technical Services team and has extensive expertise in matters related to corporate acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, as well as with change-in-control provisions and IRC Sections 280G, 409A and 162(m) planning and compliance. Ms. Black is a CPA and a member of the California Board of Accountancy.


Mark Jones is a partner in Pillsbury’s executive compensation and benefits practice section.  He advises public and private companies on deferred compensation, stock awards, performance incentives and severance pay, and has significant experience with international compensation, banking regulations and California blue sky laws.  Mr. Jones is Chair of the Multinational Benefits & Compensation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and a Director of the Southern California chapter of the Global Equity Organization (GEO) and the San Diego chapter of the Western Pension Benefits Council (WPBC).


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Continuing Education Credits: 1 CEP (Securities Law)
Date and Time:2/28/2017 11:00 am Pacific Time
Event:Joint Webinar Presentation with NASPP SFV Chapter - Tax Return Reporting with Bruce Brumberg, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of
Topic:Tax Return Reporting: What You Need to Know and Communicate with Employees
Location:Registration will be collected by locally participating NASPP chapters; Webinar link and password will be provided to all participants in in mid-February.
Contact:Joanne Wendler, CEP
Contact Phone:626-470-2514

Description: This tax season will continue to bring confusion, uncertainty, and expensive mistakes in IRS forms and requirements, including cost basis reporting. The webinar will help you review the 2017 tax filing season and improve communications with your employees to help them prevent mistakes in reporting stock sales from equity compensation. By attending this webinar session, you will learn about:

  • The most common questions asked by employees

  • Costly mistakes made by employees related to tax return reporting of stock compensation

  • Pitfalls that may cause unwanted IRS attention

  • Tax law changes that apply to stock compensation

  • Key points to communicate with employees

  • Resources available, including the Tax Center on and from various stock plan providers.

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Continuing Education Credits: 1 CEP (Taxation)
Date and Time:3/22/2017 11:30AM
Event:Los Angeles Chapter Luncheon Meeting - Global Equity Compliance 2.0
Topic:Global Equity Compliance 2.0 - Taking it to the Next Level with Barbara Klementz of Baker McKenzie
Location:Tetra Tech, Inc. 3475 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Contact:Joanne Wendler, CEP
Contact Phone:626-470-2514

If you feel you have a good handle on global compliance issues around equity compensation, let's take it up a notch!  In this fresh presentation, Barbara Klementz of Baker McKenzie will cover a number of complex issues which cause headaches for even the most sophisticated stock plan professionals and global compliance departments.  Issues include:

  • Treatment of awards held by employees on LOA - the merits of a global LOA policy
  • Impact of favorable retirement provisions (based upon age or age + service)
  • Tying equity awards to non-compete / non-solicit covenants
  • Clawback provisions
  • Special global tax issues for awards held by terminated employees
  • Electronic grant acceptance - myths and facts - benefits and risks

Barbara Klementz is the chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Global Equity Services subpractice and co-chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. She has practiced in the area of global equity and executive compensation for more than sixteen years and serves as a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the Global Equity Organization and the San Francisco Bar Association. Ms. Klementz has authored several articles on global equity issues for the BNA Executive Compensation Journal, Journal of Corporate Taxation and San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal, among others. She is also a frequent speaker on a variety of global equity topics. Ms. Klementz is admitted to private practice in California and Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Continuing Education Credits: 1 CEP (Various)