Amanda Benincasa - Director and the East Coast Practice Leader with Aon Equity Services, the equity valuation and accounting group for Aon that assists over 600 companies with all aspects of ASC Topic 718, ASC Topic 505, ASC Topic 480, and ASC Topic 260, ranging from plan design considerations to expense accruals, to SEC filings, and more.
Her background consists of both consulting and technical accounting for equity, handling topics including employee stock options, restricted stock units, performance share awards, restricted stock awards, repurchases, IPOs, and an array of SEC reporting responsibilities (10Q/K, Proxy, Forms 4/5, etc.). She is an industry speaker, addressing topics related to equity valuation and accounting, and has written several articles surrounding the same topics. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NASPP Boston Chapter.
Amanda graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA where she obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics, and previously attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a dual minor in finance and business administration. She is pursuing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Amanda is based in Philadelphia.
Narendra Acharya - is a partner in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie LLP and a member of the Firm's Global Equity Services group. He focuses his practice on matters relating to US and international compensation and benefits — including global stock plans and pensions. Mr. Acharya has particular expertise dealing with cross-border compensation issues, including issues raised in corporate reorganizations and inversion transactions.
Mr. Acharya assists US and non-US companies – both publicly traded and privately held – in the design and implementation of employee stock plans. He has extensive experience advising clients on income tax, social security, payroll withholding and reporting, local corporate tax deduction, employment law, securities and other regulatory issues applicable to equity awards in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Acharya advises companies on the application of deferred compensation rules under Code Sections 409A and 457A, as well as a broad range of tax and compensation issues related to international mobile employees.
Mr. Acharya is a graduate of Cornell Law School and is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and New York. In addition, Mr. Acharya is also a Chartered Accountant (Province of Ontario, Canada).