Greg R. Gautam, Partner | Snell & Wilmer
Greg Gautam focuses his practice on various areas of employee benefits, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation. He also advises clients on benefits and compensation issues in connection with corporate transactions. Greg uses his knowledge of employee benefits laws, regulations and the Internal Revenue Code to assist clients in achieving their human capital and compensation objectives.
Greg has experience in drafting and amending qualified retirement savings, deferred compensation and welfare benefit plans as well as advising clients with regard to the administration and compliance of such plans with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. In the executive compensation area, he has been involved in the representation of public and private companies and senior executives in connection with negotiating and drafting employment agreements, equity plans and awards, change in control agreements, severance agreements, and other compensation arrangements, including Section 409A compliance/corrections and Section 162(m) compliance.
In connection with mergers and acquisitions, Greg analyzes compensation and benefits issues and drafts and assists in the negotiation of key benefits provisions involving employee benefits representations and warranties, employee plan compliance, health and welfare liabilities, severance obligations, and COBRA obligations.
Greg is a co-chair of Snell & Wilmer’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and serves as a member of the firm's Attorney Development Committee.
Ken Sparling, Principal | FW Cook
Ken Sparling is a Principal at FW Cook, a consulting firm specializing in executive compensation and corporate governance matters. Since 1973, the firm has advised over 3,000 clients. Currently, it is the leading independent adviser to Board Compensation Committees of companies across major indices such as Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100.
He joined the firm in 2007 and is based in the Los Angeles office. Ken regularly advises board compensation committees and executive management teams on executive and non-employee director pay in both public and private companies, and has also worked on various corporate transactions such as initial public offerings, spin-offs, mergers, etc.
Ken is an author and frequent contributor to the firm’s technical papers and studies. He also serves on the firm’s technology committee.
Ken earned his BA in economics and mathematics from Amherst College and his MBA from the University of Chicago.