Kenneth R. Barr

Counsel, New York

Biography

Overview

Mr. Barr's practice is focused on all aspects of executive compensation, pension and employee benefits law for US and multinational public and private companies. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, he counsels clients on all benefits-related aspects of corporate transactions and provides advice on IRS Code Sections 409A, 280G, 162(m), as well as other benefits-related tax law issues. Mr. Barr also advises clients on qualified plan and ERISA issues, executive compensation disclosure and benefits-related securities law matters. Working daily with White & Case's global team of corporate, private equity and compensation lawyers, Mr. Barr negotiates and drafts employment, separation, change-in-control, retention and similar agreements, as well as a variety of equity compensation, incentive compensation, profits interests, deferred compensation and other benefit plans.

Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Barr served as an Employee Benefits Associate at a major US law firm, and later as an Associate and Counsel in the Compensation or Benefits Practice at another major US firm.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
Education
JD
Temple University Beasley School of Law
BS
College of William & Mary
Languages
English

Experience

LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) in its US$5.6 billion merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO).

Anthem, Inc. in the acquisition of Beacon Health Options, the largest independently held behavioral health organization in the US.

CVC Capital Partners in the US$1.8 billion acquisition of ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVON), a leading global IT and managed services provider of collaboration and technology solutions.

CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of a majority equity stake in UnitedLex, a leading alternative legal services provider.

EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) in the tax-free spin-off and subsequent sale of it's broadcast satellite service business to DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH).

Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) in the US$1.275 billion acquisition by Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra, of InfraREIT, Inc., which owns electrical power lines, substations and transmission towers in Texas, We also advised Sempra Energy in the acquisition of a 50% limited partnership interest in a holding company that will own Sharyland Utilities, LP, a Texas-based electric transmission utility owned by members of the Hunt Family.

Mubadala Investment Company in the sale of XOJET, the leading on-demand private aviation services platform in the US, to Vista Global Holding Limited.

Havas Creative, Inc. in its acquisition of a majority stake in Republica Havas, LLC, a leading independent multicultural advertising and communications agency.

Clariant Corporation, Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH, SCG Chemicals (Singapore) Pte., Ltd. and Hexagon International, Inc., 50% equityholders of GTC Technology US, LLC and GTC Technology International LP, a global licensor of process technologies, process equipment solutions, chemicals and catalysts to the petrochemical, refinery and gas processing materials, in the sale of those entities to Sulzer US Holding Inc. and Sulzer AG.

IFM Investors, in its US$10.3 billion acquisition of Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL.

Publications

Explanation of Equity Award Cash-out in Corporate Transaction, Memorandum, Lexis Practice Advisor, 2018

Employee Memorandum: Explanation of Equity Award Treatment in Spin-Off (Parent Employees), Memorandum, Lexis Practice Advisor, 2018

Employee Memorandum: Explanation of Equity Award Treatment in Spin-Off (Spinco Employees), Memorandum, Lexis Practice Advisor, 2018

Executive Compensation Issues in Public Company Transactions, Practical Law Institute (PLI), 2015

 

Awards and Recognition

Recognized Individual for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, The Legal 500 US (2017)