Employee Benefits M&A

Lawyers in our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice work on mergers and acquisitions transactions in two different capacities: we serve in conjunction with our corporate group when Haynes and Boone is primary M&A counsel, and we partner with other firms to advise on employee benefits issues when we are not primary M&A counsel. Whatever our role, we take a team approach and work seamlessly with in-house counsel, human resources departments and outside counsel to quickly spot potential employee benefits-related risks, liabilities and problems before closing, thereby helping clients save time, expense and resources. Our group also serves companies that do not have an in-house benefits group as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

We provide day-to-day and comprehensive employee benefit plan support throughout the entire M&A process, including:

  • Due diligence
  • Negotiating purchase agreements, employee transition services agreements and employee matters agreements
  • Merging and spinning off employee benefit plans 
  • Identifying material issues with 401(k) and other retirement and welfare benefit plans, as well as nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and recommending solutions
  • Advising on 280G calculations and the documents required to obtain employee waiver and shareholder vote exceptions 
  • Structuring employee benefit plans and advising on transition issues post-closing
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Press Release
Haynes Boone Represents Brookshire Grocery Company in Acquisition of Reasor’s
February 07, 2022

A Haynes and Boone, LLP team lead by Partner Tom Harris represented Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) in its acquisition of Reasor’s LLC’s 17 grocery stores in Oklahoma.   The transaction was completed Jan. 25, 2022. With the acquisition, BGC now has more than 200 stores with close to 20,000 employee-partners serving Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.   “We are excited for the opportunity to wor [...]