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Lawrence K. Cagney

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Lawrence Cagney is Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. He designs compensation plans and programs for public and private companies and assists them with related SEC reporting requirements and tax issues. Mr. Cagney also represents companies and individuals in structuring employment terms for senior executives as well as the unwind of such arrangements. In addition, Mr. Cagney advises financial services clients and investment funds on the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA with respect to the investment of pension plan assets, including VCOC, REDC and other plan assets issues. Chambers USA (2010) ranks Mr. Cagney in the top-tier for employee benefits and executive compensation law, where clients note he is “one of the best executive compensation attorneys in town.” Mr. Cagney is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US (2010), where clients describe him as “incredibly knowledgeable and expert.”

Mr. Cagney authored “Compensation Committees”, BNA Corporate Practice Series (1998) and “Sirkin & Cagney, Executive Compensation”, New York Law Journal Press (1996). He is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles on executive compensation and issues pertaining to the investment under ERISA of plan assets by qualified employee benefit plans.

Mr. Cagney joined Debevoise in 1986 and became a partner in 1990. Previously, he was Assistant Counsel at Warner Lambert Company (1985-1986); and an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (1981-1984). He received his A.B. from Fordham University in 1978 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1981.

Bar Admissions
New York

Education
Fordham University, 1978, A.B.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1981, J.D.

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