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Joseph M. Yaffe

Joseph M. Yaffe

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

As head of the Executive Compensation and Benefits Group on the West Coast, Joseph M. Yaffe handles tax and securities law matters arising in equity compensation arrangements and employee benefits issues in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes representing companies from the biotechnology, entertainment, Internet, medical supply, retail and software industries. He also counsels senior executives at companies throughout the country in connection with executive compensation matters.

Mr. Yaffe advises on tax-qualified plan issues, including issues relating to 401(k) and 403(b) plans. In addition, he represents clients in negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor regarding compliance issues under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA.

He frequently lectures on tax, benefits and compensation matters, including equity compensation issues for emerging growth companies and tax-qualified plan issues.

Mr. Yaffe is ranked by Chambers USA:?America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500: U.S. Guide as one of the country’s leading benefits and compensation attorneys. In 2013, Chambers also recognized Skadden’s Executive Compensation and Benefits Group with its Award for Excellence, given annually to a select group of firms on the basis of pre-eminence in key practice areas.

Before joining Skadden in September 2009, Mr. Yaffe was a partner at another global law firm, where he served as chairman of the tax department for the firm’s Silicon Valley office.


J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 1994, Law Review

A.B., Columbia University, 1990


San Francisco, American and Federal Bar Associations

The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

Western Pension & Benefits Conference, San Francisco Chapter


"A Translation of IRS Policy on Health Insurance Issuers," Law360, May 3, 2013

"Planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season: Part II," Business Law Currents, February 22, 2013

"Planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season: Part I," Business Law Currents, February 14, 2013

"Section 409A Can Limit Acceleration of Compensation Into 2012," Bloomberg BNA: Daily Tax Report, December 19, 2012

"Inside the ISS Policy Updates For 2013," Law360, November 27, 2012

"Lessons Learned From the 2012 Proxy Season," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 18, 2012

"Reporting Requirements Relaxed," Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 6, 2012

Joseph M. Yaffe is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters SEC and Staff Issue Welcome Guidance Introducing Flexibility and Practicality to Pay Ratio Rules (September 25, 2017) - Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2018, Friday, September 21, 2018

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