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Zaitun Poonja

Zaitun Poonja

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

A member of Morgan Lewis’s cross-practice global workforce team, Zaitun Poonja counsels in all areas of executive compensation for start-ups, emerging growth companies, and public companies. She advises large multinational corporations, and publicly and privately held companies in numerous global industries—including technology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences—on implementation of equity compensation programs in US and foreign jurisdictions.

She counsels public and private companies in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, spin-offs, initial public offerings and venture ?nancing.

Zaitun has experience designing and structuring equity awards in more than 70 countries in Europe (including Russia), the Asia Paci?c and South Asia regions, Latin America, and the Middle East. Working closely with clients, she advises on the tax, securities, and ?nancial accounting implications of equity programs in the United States; and the tax, securities, exchange control, labor law, data privacy and other legal implications related to the use of equity programs in foreign jurisdictions.

She also analyzes the tax treatment of cross-border employees; prepares prospectus and registration statements to comply with local securities laws and exchange control rules; and helps design and implement US equity programs for inbound non-US entities.

Zaitun also counsels clients in Securities Exchange Act Section 16 reporting, parachute tax and Section 409A issues; employment agreements; and change in control bene?ts and severance programs.

She is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2016).


Listed, The Legal 500 US (2016)

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2016) Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2017)

Listed, "Lawyer of the Year" for Employee Bene?ts (ERISA) Law by The Best Lawyers in America (2017)

Listed, "Women Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers (2016)

Listed, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)




Hollins University, 1974, B.A.

Stanford Law School, 1986, J.D.


Life Sciences


Labor, Employment & Bene?ts    
Executive Compensation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Securities & Corporate Governance
Life Sciences Transactions


North America


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