EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION, PENSION & BENEFITS
AND INVESTMENT ADVISER LAW
The Cohen & Buckmann lawyers are known as
practical problem solvers and experienced counsellors.
Sandra W. Cohen
Is one of the top employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys in North America. She is an expert on deferred compensation (Section 409A), negotiating executive agreements, and design and taxation of U.S. and global equity plans. She is known for deal-making and practical problem-solving on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment contract negotiations and development of incentive and deferred compensation.
Carol I. Buckmann
Is widely known as an outstanding and innovative benefits lawyer, who deals with some of the foremost issues in ERISA, including pension plan compliance, fiduciary responsibilities and investment fund formation. Carol's expertise on ESOPs, pension and investment committees, and welfare plans is valued by her clients in the context of compliance programs, government audits, and mergers & acquisitions.
Lauri B. London
Lauri’s clients are financial services providers, wealth managers, pension plan advisers, law firms and accountants on a number of complex issues including investment adviser regulation, executive compensation and employee benefits. Lauri’s expertise in investment adviser regulation, and experience as in-house counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to investment advisers makes her uniquely qualified to advise and assist investment advisers, their CCOs and counsel on a wide range of legal and compliance matters, including:
drafting and review of all operational and regulatory documents;
compliance manuals, including policies and procedure;
resolution of specific regulatory and/or compliance issues;
annual compliance reviews; and
compliance review of marketing collateral.
She simplifies complex regulatory requirements for her clients. Her special interest is helping financial professionals launch their own independent advisory businesses.
Irene M. Bassock
Irene Bassock is Of Counsel to Cohen & Buckmann. She is an employment law attorney with experience handling complicated employment disputes, overseeing investigations involving workplace misconduct, and negotiating the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Her prior career as in-house employment counsel for a financial services company, as well as her employment law practice advocating for employees, makes her well-situated to advise on the nuanced legal risks affecting both employees and employers. She serves on the Compensation Committee of Bristol Hospital in Bristol CT. She is admitted in CT and MA, and she is a Cum Laude graduate of Boston University School of Law 1995.
Leonard S. Hirsh
Len is an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney who is known for providing innovative solutions and practical advice regarding plan design, governance, regulatory compliance, employment arrangements and contract negotiations. His experience with one of the world’s largest accounting firms and the Chief Counsel’s Office of the IRS provides him with unique insights into handling governmental inquiries.