Barbara Mirza is a Partner with Cooley.
Barbara Mirza has nearly two decades of experience as an executive compensation and benefits expert.
She has worked with clients ranging from startups to multinationals across multiple industries, and she has extensive experience advising both public and private companies. She has particularly deep experience in handling the compensation and benefits aspects of corporate transactions. These have ranged in size from less than $25 million to more than $7 billion and have included stock sales, asset sales, mergers, joint ventures and spin-offs.
Whether playing guitar onstage or working with his clients, Ken Stoler uses his creativity and passion for connecting with others to bring out the best. Ken excels at understanding complex problems, explaining the situation in plain English, addressing the pros and cons of each potential outcome/answer, and then collaborating with the group to arrive at a solution.
As the leader of PwC’s HR Accounting Advisory practice, Ken works with companies to address the financial reporting, design, and operational issues associated with employee compensation, including pension arrangements, stock compensation plans, and other benefits. Ever curious, Ken craves excitement and the unique, and helping companies navigate their employee issues during an IPO, spin off, acquisition, or other major event is a perfect fit.
From his four daughters Ken has learned patience and the importance of listening and connecting. His concern for their future has sparked his passion for the advancement of women in the workplace. Inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible book, Ken started his own “Lean-In Circle”, which was an unusual risk for a “middle aged white guy”. But it proved a great success, and he continues to look for new and edgy ways to move the needle on gender issues.