Sarah Downie


Sarah Downie
Sarah Downie is an Executive Compensation & Benefits partner in Weil’s Tax Department and is based in New York. Sarah advises clients on all aspects of compensation and employee benefits.

Sarah has extensive experience in the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings. She represents senior executives and companies in the negotiation and drafting of employment and severance agreements. She also advises as to the design and operation of executive and employee benefit arrangements including equity compensation and cash incentive plans, change in control and retention arrangements and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. In addition, Sarah regularly advises employers on the design and operation of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans, as well as health and welfare benefit plans.

Sarah advises clients on pension plan investment and compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary obligations and prohibited transaction rules. She regularly counsels private fund sponsors in connection with ERISA’s “plan asset” regulations and with VCOC, REOC and similar issues.

Sarah is recognized as a leading lawyer for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation in New York by Chambers USA, where clients note “she is very good at explaining and synthesizing things and presenting options and solutions. She is technical and pragmatic.” She is also recommended for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by Legal 500 US, is named among Lawdragon’s “500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers” list and is recognized for Employee Benefits by Super Lawyers. Sarah served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee of the New York Chapter of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network.

Sarah is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berkshire Community Land Trust.

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