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John J. Cannon III

John J. Cannon III

Shearman & Sterling LLP

New York, NY, USA


Mr. Cannon is a partner in the Compensation, Governance and ERISA Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. In his practice, he focuses on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment and tax laws and ERISA. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the employee issues implicated in the mergers and acquisitions context. He also has experience in advising startup companies in the biotechnology sector regarding corporate and compensation matters. Mr. Cannon joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1994.

Selected Experience
  • The independent directors of Wells Fargo in connection with the investigation of sales practices in the bank’s retail business
  • The management of USI Insurance Services in negotiating compensation arrangements with the acquirers of the company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • B/E Aerospace in its merger with Rockwell Collins
  • The Chief Executive Officer of Level 3 Communications in connection with the merger of Level 3 with CenturyLink
  • American Axle in its acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group
  • Sompo Holdings in its acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings
Recent Publications
  • “Just Say No: Why Directors Should Avoid Duties That Will Subject Them to ERISA,” Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report, February 20, 2015
  • “In re Trados: Directors Dodge a Bullet,” in Shearman & Sterling LLP Corporate Governance Newsletter, December 2013
  • “Stock Options and Beyond” (with Mark Kessel), Nature Biotechnology 31, 676-680 (2013)
John J. Cannon III is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical Issues for the Transaction Lawyer in a Global Practice - Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethical Issues for the Transaction Lawyer in a Global Practice - Ethical Issues for the Transaction Lawyer in a Global Practice , Wednesday, February 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethical Issues for the Transaction Lawyer in a Global Practice - Ethical Issues for the Transaction Lawyer in a Global Practice , Wednesday, February 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Friday, February 09, 2018, London
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 2018 Proxy Season—Quick Reference Guide (December 7, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Delaware Supreme Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Director Compensation Decisions (December 21, 2017) - Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, Boston, MA
Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018, Atlanta, GA
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