Leading Executive Compensation Partner Joins Paul, Weiss
February 7, 2022 Read the press release
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today that Rebecca S. Coccaro is joining the firm as a partner in the Executive Compensation practice, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Coccaro’s practice focuses on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, including M&A and private equity transactions, financial restructurings, debt and equity financings and initial public offerings.
“Rebecca’s deep experience advising clients on complex executive compensation matters will further strengthen our market-leading transactional capabilities and will be a tremendous asset to our firm. I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca to our partnership,” said Paul, Weiss Chairman Brad S. Karp.
Ms. Coccaro has extensive experience advising a broad range of public and private companies’ employment and compensation arrangements of all types, such as equity incentive and management incentive plans, executive employment and change in control plans and agreements. In addition to her significant transactional practice, Ms. Coccaro has broad experience advising on related securities, tax and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) issues, and filings with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Today’s largest, most complex transactions present an array of significant and challenging executive compensation and benefits issues, requiring a unique and highly technical skillset,” said Jean McLoughlin, partner and co-chair of Paul, Weiss’s Executive Compensation Group. “Rebecca brings deep, high-level experience across the transactional spectrum, a remarkable fluency in complex securities and tax matters, and a strong reputation for excellence in her practice, and we are thrilled to have her on our team.”
Ms. Coccaro has handled benefits and compensation issues and negotiations on behalf of leading public and privately held companies in their major transactions, including SunTrust in its merger with BB&T to become Truist Financial Corporation; Triller in its reverse merger deal with SeaChange International, Inc.; Apollo Global Management in its acquisitions of EmployBridge and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation; First Horizon National Corporation in its merger of equals with IberiaBank Corporation; and R.R. Donnelley & Sons in its spin-offs of Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. and LSC Communications.
“Paul, Weiss represents the world’s best-known companies and leading private equity firms on their most significant matters,” said Ms. Coccaro. “Paul, Weiss offers me an exceptional opportunity to continue to grow my practice working with clients on the most dynamic and innovative corporate transactions in the market, and I look forward to joining my new colleagues.”
Ms. Coccaro earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from State University of New York at Oswego, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Paul, Weiss’s market-leading Executive Compensation practice provides advice in connection with high-profile, multibillion-dollar M&A transactions, restructurings, initial public offerings, public proxy statements, compensation arrangements and ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries.