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Michael T. Frank

Michael T. Frank

Sidley Austin LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Employee Benefits

Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation M&A


MIKE FRANK is a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office and a member of the Employee Benefits practice. Mike advises companies on executive compensation and employee benefits issues, with an emphasis on the compensation and benefits aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and spin-offs. He counsels clients on the design and implementation of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including Section 409A rules and on the proxy disclosure of public company compensation information.

Mike also helps companies with issues related to their equity-and cash-based incentive programs. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth companies both public and private.

Prior to joining Sidley, Mike was a partner in the Palo Alto office of a global law firm, heading the firm’s Compensation, Benefits & ERISA practice group. He is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2015), The Legal 500 (2015) and is a Bay Area Super Lawyer. Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and also holds an A.M. from Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College.


  • Represented acquirer in $20 billion telecommunications acquisition.  
  • Represented acquirer in $8 billion Internet security company acquisition.
  • Represented cloud computing company in $300 million going private transaction.
  • Represented 10 person executive team in $400 million cross-border sale of data security company.


  • State Bar of California
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Western Pension Benefits Conference


  • Executive Compensation 2015—Avoiding Traps and Pitfalls in a Complex Environment. Solium Synergy Conference (May 21, 2015)
  • PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company (April 30, 2015) Preparing for the 2013 Proxy Season (Palo Alto, December 11, 2012)
  • Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions – Trends and Developments (September 13, 2012)
  • I Wish I’d Known That: Key Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Next Executive Position, MoFo BioMed Luncheon Series (April 19, 2012)


California, 1998


The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1995 (cum laude) Stanford University, A.M., 1991 Grinnell College, B.A., 1989 (with honors)

Michael T. Frank is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Overview of Select Employee Benefit Issues Related to Transactions Involving Privately-Held Businesses - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017

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