Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

10 Common Benefit Issues in M&As During the Covid-19 Era

Program Number: 3132

Program Date: 02/22/2021


This program will focus on ten typical merger and acquisition considerations for private companies and the impact of COVID on benefits aspects of a transaction. The below is a list of topics that we would explore in further detail.

• COVID-19 specific representations in transaction documents
• General Representation and Warranty Deal Concerns and Traps for the Unwary
• Addressing the Federal Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in Transaction Documents
• Furloughed Employees
• Dealing With Employees on COBRA
• Continuation of Benefit Plans and Onboarding of Employees
• Comparable Compensation and Benefits
• Treatment of Seller 401(k) and Other Retirement Plans
• Section 280G and Reduced Compensation Due to Covid-19
• Treatment of Outstanding Equity Awards

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit

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Taryn Cannataro, Esq.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Taryn Cannataro provides employee benefits and executive compensation counsel and advice to corporate executives as well as public and private companies from a broad array of industries.

She assists with all aspects of plan design and compliance related to tax-qualified plans, welfare plans, and deferred compensation plans and arrangements, including equity and other incentive compensation plans. Taryn also advises on compensation and benefits aspects of corporate transactions, including complex 280G issues and negotiating employment terms.

Her practice includes counseling companies and executives on the design, drafting, and negotiation of executive compensation arrangements, such as employment, equity, change in control and separation agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Taryn worked as a tax manager in Deloitte Tax LLP’s Global Employer Services practice group, where she assisted a wide variety of public and private companies with U.S. and international employee benefits and ERISA tax issues.


Megan Monson, Esq.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

With a focus on ensuring compliance and minimizing cost, Megan advises businesses and C-suite executives on a wide variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She represents an array of public and private businesses of varying sizes and across multiple industries.

Megan’s experience ranges from plan design, implementation, and ongoing administration and compliance through termination. She provides legal counsel pertaining to tax qualified plans, welfare plans, and Affordable Care Act issues, as well as on deferred compensation and equity arrangements intended to attract and retain employees.

Megan also assists in the negotiation of employment and separation agreements and applies honed skills in both company and executive representation. Due to her exposure to analyzing the issues from both perspectives, Megan is able to effectively negotiate, identify, and advise on potential problems before progress can be obstructed.

Moreover, she provides counsel on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of business transactions. This includes assisting with the transition of employee benefits arrangements; implementing new benefits arrangements such as retention bonuses, management incentives, and equity plans; complex 280G analyses and completion of shareholder votes; and negotiating the terms of benefits deal documents.

Prior to joining the firm, Megan worked as a tax consultant for Deloitte Tax LLP. While attending law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Freda L. Wolfson of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.