S&P Global is seeking an energetic, business-minded and self-motivated attorney with 4-10 years of proven governance, executive compensation and ERISA/employee benefits law experience gained at a leading national law firm and/or in-house (ideally at publicly-traded company) to join its corporate legal team. In this position, the successful candidate will interface with members of the company’s executive and HR teams at S&P Global’s 55 Water Street headquarters and the company’s offices around the world to manage and execute on a broad range of initiatives in the areas of retirement plans, health and welfare plans, deferred compensation arrangements, incentive compensation plans, executive compensation and employment agreements as well as governance matters.
Reporting Line and Location:
This position reports directly to the Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary and is based in the company’s corporate headquarters at 55 Water Street, New York, NY
Key responsibilities / Percent of Time:
- Governance (20%) – advise on:
- Proxy disclosure and periodic reporting (Forms 8-K)
- Governance best practices, ISS/Glass Lewis and Dodd-Frank and best practices developments
- Board/Committee agendas, resolutions, materials and minutes
- Plan fiduciary and governance matters for the Pension Investment Committee of the Board
- Board of director independence and related party transaction rules
- Executive compensation and benefits (70%) – advise on:
- All aspects of executive compensation, including corporate, securities, tax and governance issues
- Equity and incentive compensation plan design, interpretation and tax and regulatory compliance
- Benefit plan design, interpretation and tax and ERISA compliance, including fiduciary issues, IRS 5500 reporting, SPDs and participant communications
- Employment, severance and change-in-control agreements for compensation/benefit-related issues
- Regulatory, securities and tax compliance (10%) – disclosure, filings and compliance under:
- Federal and state securities law (including §16 insider transaction reporting, proxy filing, and Form 8-Ks)
- Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes–Oxley, ERISA, tax code (including §409A, §162(m) and §280G), HIPAA, Affordable Care Act, COBRA
- NYSE requirements
Knowledge & Experience:
- J.D. from a top law school with exceptional academic credentials and at least 4-10 years of relevant experience gained at a leading law firm and/or in-house (ideally at a publicly-traded company) in roles of increasing responsibility.
- Must be admitted, active and in good standing with the New York State bar.
- Candidate must be highly analytical and have exceptional business and legal issue identification and problem-solving skills.
- Requires a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving; candidate must be able to effectively counsel internal clients by providing them with clear, concise and commercial advice, and creative solutions where necessary, on established timelines to meet their business needs.
- Candidate must be able to operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, “can do” attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with internal clients.