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Valerie Hughes advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Her practice covers tax-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, equity compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and executive compensation. She also has significant experience advising clients on employee benefits and compensation issues in corporate transactions.

  • Advised MidFirst Bank on employee benefits and executive compensation issues in its acquisition of 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.
  • Conducted a governance compliance review of a Fortune 200 company’s qualified defined contribution and nonqualified retirement plans. Based on the review, recommended certain changes and advised the employer regarding the governance of its plans.
  • Drafted plan documents and summary plan descriptions for retirement, health and welfare, and severance benefit plans.