Eric Winwood's practice primarily centers on solving employee benefits and executive compensation issues, including issues involving Section 409A deferred compensation rules, Section 280G golden parachute rules, Section 83 equity compensation rules and filings, audits and public disclosures with the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchange Commission. He has substantial experience in the energy sector and serves as a member of the Baker Botts Oil and Gas M&A Team.
Mr. Winwood works with clients on all compensation and benefits matters, including the design and drafting of deferred compensation, retirement, and equity-based compensation plans, and employment, change in control and severance agreements. This work regularly involves advising on employee benefits and executive compensation aspects associated with domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, migrations, spin offs and joint ventures, as well as, the integration of plans and other benefit arrangements following the completion of the business transaction. In addition, Mr. Winwood frequently provides advice on the fiduciary, prohibited transaction and “plan assets” aspects related to establishing, operating and investing in private equity funds and other investment funds.
Mr. Winwood regularly advises companies and their compensation committees on negotiating executive onboarding and exits and structuring executive compensation and benefits that satisfy ISS and Glass Lewis standards.
Following graduation from law school, Mr. Winwood served as a law clerk to the Honorable George L. Proctor of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.