Patricia Eschbach-Hall (Tricia) - Partner – Jones Day
For more than 19 years, Tricia Eschbach-Hall has navigated clients through the complex regulatory environment for executive compensation and employee benefits arrangements, including in the context of complex mergers and acquisitions, executive transitions, day-to-day administration, and corporate restructurings. With a focus on practical approaches, Tricia counsels clients on the design and implementation of deferred compensation plans, equity plans, incentive awards, severance plans, qualified retirements plans, and welfare benefits. She regularly prepares and negotiates employment, severance, and change in control agreements for employers and has significant experience drafting benefit plans and employee materials. Working with colleagues from around the world, Tricia often assists clients with cross-border employee-related issues.
Tricia has provided benefits and compensation advice to many companies undergoing company-changing acquisitions and divestitures. Most recently, this included Sherwin-Williams' $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation, Parker Hannifin's $4.3 billion acquisition of CLARCOR, and Marathon Petroleum's $23.3 billion acquisition of Andeavor. She also has provided the benefits and compensation advice to several companies undergoing corporate spin-offs, including Conagra Foods' separation into two independent public companies, B&W's spin-off of its Power Generation business, TriMas' spin-off of its Cequent businesses, and The Timken Company's spin-off of its steel business.
William Murphy - Principal, People Advisory Services - Ernst & Young LLP
William P. Murphy is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services (PAS) practice which focuses on the people matters for company and in particular their human resource, compensation and benefits function. Bill has over 23 years of experience in executive compensation and executive benefit matters and is a member of the Americas PAS Rewards leadership team and he leads the Americas Compensation practice. Bill is also the PAS leader for NE Ohio and Pittsburgh area.
Bill routinely helps companies and/or compensation committees with the design, tax, accounting and financial reporting, institutional shareholder, and general shareholder implications of equity compensation programs. Bill has served as the compensation advisor to several public and private company compensation committees and also works directly with management on compensation design and benchmarking issues including executive, broad based, and equity compensation. In addition to being a national tax and accounting resource for equity within EY, Bill also spends significant time helping clients with the administration of equity programs, including process improvement initiatives, equity administration vendor considerations, and internal audit equity considerations. Bill is also active in transaction issues related to equity compensation, including IPOs, divestitures and spin-offs and mergers and go private transactions.
Bill is a frequent speaker on a variety of compensation matters nationally, with particular emphasis in the executive compensation and equity compensation space, including at the NASPP, CEP and E-Trade Directions conferences. Bill also frequently leads internal compensation training for EY. Bill is the author of several articles on executive compensation/equity compensation.