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Kyoko Takahashi Lin

Kyoko Takahashi Lin

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Ms. Lin is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group. She advises boards, companies, compensation committees and individual executives on executive compensation, equity-based incentives, deferred compensation, severance plans and other compensatory arrangements, with particular emphasis on issues arising in mergers and acquisitions transactions, initial public offerings and new and joint ventures. 

She also advises on employment and consulting arrangements, the applicability of securities and tax laws to executives and employers, the design and implementation of equity compensation plans and general employment-related matters. Ms. Lin is co-editor of the "Davis Polk Briefing: Governance" blog, which covers current topics in corporate governance, securities law and executive compensation.

In her pro bono practice, Ms. Lin has represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States and has advised not-for-profit organizations, including Grameen America and International Arts Movement.

Work Highlights

M&A

  • NBCUniversal's approximately $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
  • Huatai Securities’ $780 million acquisition of AssetMark
  • MERSCORP Holdings' acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange
  • PartnerRe's acquisition by EXOR
  • Shire plc's acquisitions of ViroPharma, Lumena Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals and Foresight Biotherapeutics
  • Comcast's acquisitions of Buzzfeed, Ingresso.com, FreeWheel Media, Fandango, Patriot Media Cable Systems, SportsEngine and shares of ARRIS Group
  • C1 Financial's acquisition by Bank of the Ozarks
  • Prosensa's acquisition by BioMarin Pharmaceutical
  • Citigroup’s sale of its subsidiary OneMain Financial to Springleaf
  • Bertelsmann’s combination with Pearson of their trade book publishing companies, Random House and Penguin Group
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company’s acquisition of Jackson Square Aviation, Engine Lease Finance and Beacon Intermodal Leasing
  • Morgan Stanley’s sale of its TransMontaigne and global oil merchanting businesses
  • Citigroup's sale of its CVCI funds business
  • Dalian Wanda’s acquisition of AMC Entertainment

Capital Markets

  • Fogo de Chão IPO
  • Affimed IPO
  • Markit IPO
  • AC Immune IPO
  • Prosensa IPO
  • Delphi Automotive post-bankruptcy restructuring and IPO

Other Matters

  • Citigroup’s entry into and exit from the Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC in connection with lawsuits brought by the SEC, DOJ and the Attorneys General of numerous states concerning the ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Other clients that Ms. Lin has advised on compensation and benefits issues include ABM Industries, Brinker International, First BanCorp., GAIN Capital, IHS Markit, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Pattern Energy, Ruby Tuesday, SLM (Sallie Mae), Valeant and VF.

Recognition

Ms. Lin is recognized as a leading Executive Compensation lawyer:

  • Chambers USA – "Leading Individual," Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, New York

Of Note

  • Speaker, Annual Conference of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals 
  • Speaker, Semi-Annual Meeting of the CHRO Board Academy
  • Participant, Women's 100 Conference of corporate governance professionals
  • Participant, Harvard Law School’s annual Problem Solving Workshop Program

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of New York

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Partner, 2006-present
  • Associate, 1996-2006
Kyoko Takahashi Lin is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience - 83, 409A, 457A, 280G and Other Code(d) Letters—the Private Equity Experience, Monday, March 13, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Memorandum: Private Corporation Shareholder Approval of Golden Parachutes - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Client Memorandum: Down-Round Financings of Private Companies: Considerations for Outstanding Equity Compensation Awards (February 18, 2016) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Private Equity Compensation Lifecycle (PowerPoint slides) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Thursday, March 16, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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