Victoria Zerjav provides sophisticated client counseling as an executive compensation and employee benefits attorney from two offices in Stamford and New York City. She has extensive experience in executive compensation, employee benefits and employee relations, including in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Ms. Zerjav regularly represents Fortune 1000 companies, private equity-backed businesses and venture capital entities with respect to complex employee benefit plan and compensation issues.
Ms. Zerjav is praised for her pivotal role in identifying and resolving concerns in advance of a transaction's next steps and integrating employees and benefits post-transaction. She counsels management and boards in corporate governance and designing effective compensation arrangements, and counsels individual executives on compensation-related concerns that arise before, during and after employment relationships.
Ms. Zerjav helps management teams, shareholders, investment and compensation committees, and HR professionals understand and comply with the many requirements and regulations under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, securities laws, and other concerns that affect their equity, pension, and health and welfare plans. She is well-versed in analyzing and designing incentive plans, deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, and golden parachute concerns.
Examples of Ms. Zerjav's recent work include:
For this wide range of client types, Ms. Zerjav guides clients with high-quality, tailored solutions regarding the intricate issues relating to mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. She advises sellers on how to protect their benefit plans, executives, and employees before and after an acquisition. Ms. Zerjav also counsels buyers on avoiding unwanted liabilities, retaining key employees and transitioning benefit plans in a merger or acquisition. She brings a substantial background in handling the due diligence, as well as drafting and negotiating the agreements that specify the rights and obligations of all parties. In her practice, both costs and administrative burdens relating to integration – along with other “hot button” concerns – are addressed in a holistic manner.
In particular, clients call on Ms. Zerjav to analyze benefit plans and other benefit programs for hidden liabilities, including addressing complicated action items under Sections 409A, 280G and 162(m).
Ms. Zerjav has in-depth experience partnering with clients' corporate counsel (including from different firms) on mergers and acquisitions in both the role as company benefits deal counsel (addressing employee and benefits liability allocations in deals) and company benefits counsel (addressing benefits concerns specific to the client), focusing on specific issues and vetted, workable solutions for the client with respect to the client's specific benefits in the context of the transaction, as well as in connection with integration post-transaction. She is equally savvy in helping individual executives on compensation-related concerns that arise before, during and after employment relationships, including concerns with employment rights, severance, equity and other executive compensation arrangements.
Examples of Ms. Zerjav's recent and ongoing work include:
Clients and colleagues widely acknowledge Ms. Zerjav's dedication, and she frequently collaborates with highly accomplished attorneys and professionals within the firm's Corporate Services, Banking, Financial Services, Taxation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Public Companies and Securities, Private Equity and Litigation practices.
A sought-after speaker in the legal community, Ms. Zerjav presents on topics such as Code Section 409A, HIPAA, executive and equity compensation, cross border employment issues, and ERISA fiduciary concerns. In addition to her various internal leadership roles at Holland & Knight, which include leading the Holland & Knight Stamford office's initiatives on behalf of the Public and Charitable Service Department, helping to champion community service, charitable giving and pro bono legal service throughout the Northeast, Ms. Zerjav currently serves on the board of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation and is a member of the advisory committee for Family Centers, Inc. Her dedication to her community is reflected in her previous roles where she has served on the board of directors of several non-profits and in many roles in her community, including serving as a board member of the Volunteer Center (merged into United Way of Western Connecticut), Literacy Volunteers (merged into Family Centers Inc.) and the Stamford Family YMCA, as well as a steering committee member of the Odyssey of the Mind Program with the Stamford Public Education Foundation.
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