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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).

AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS

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)

ADMISSIONS

California

EDUCATION

Hollins University, 1974, B.A.

Stanford Law School, 1986, J.D.

SECTORS

Life Sciences

SERVICES

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

REGIONS

North America

Zaitun Poonja is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies - Advanced Venture Capital 2016, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Alternative Equity Compensation Vehicles (December 6, 2016) - Advanced Venture Capital 2016, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Code Section 409A (December 6, 2016) (PowerPoint slides) - Advanced Venture Capital 2016, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies - Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Transcripts  Transcripts Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies - Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies - Critical Employment and Executive Compensation Issues for Venture-Backed Companies, Wednesday, December 07, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Venture Capital 2016, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, San Francisco, CA
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