Specialized Compensation Issues Consulting Services
Zayla Partners™ has a long history of success advising boards, management, and professional service partners through specialized transactional events.
Zayla Partners has decades of experience providing advisory services to corporate boards, management, shareholders, governance services, courtroom juries, and bankruptcy judges on a wide range of low and high profile, specialized compensation issues.
We have served as boardroom advisors and expert witnesses through IPOs, Ch. 11, Ch 7, pre-packaged turnarounds, privatizations, executive compensation lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits, employment agreement disputes, discriminatory pay lawsuits, shareholder oppression lawsuits, intermediate sanctions, say on pay litigation, private family owned business challenges, and many other compensatory challenges.
Compensation in a Change of Control
Zayla Partners has significant experience in navigating the complexities of executive pay before, during, and after a change of control. When advising both acquiring and acquired companies, our goal is to ensure maximum value to both parties. We have one of the most successful track records in maximizing value during a change of control. Specifically, we are the experts on record that navigated the largest known 280G tax savings in the U.S.
Compensation in an IPO
Compensation plans and disclosures for public companies are very different from their private company beginnings. At Zayla Partners, we have significant experience assisting companies with the IPO process. From long-term incentive plan design, to shareholder dilution modeling, to S-1 disclosures, we begin with your long-term goal in mind – pay starts with Z.
Compensation in Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Over the past 20 years, we have honed our expertise as compensation experts in corporate restructurings, reorganizations, workouts, bankruptcies, insolvencies, and other matters involving financially distressed transactions. We work with boards, management, legal and financial advisors, restructuring advisors, trustees, creditor committees, and courts to gain approval of compensation structures. These structures (such as KEIPS and KERPS) consider all competing stakeholder interests while motivating key employees to re-emerge as a financially strong and healthy company.
Litigation Support & Expert Witness Services
Our litigation support practice has two decades of experience in providing expert reports in a number of compensation matters including: reasonable compensation, undercompensation for prior years services, pay equality, divorce, wrongful death, shareholder oppression, employment agreement disputes, and intermediate sanctions.
Compensating executives and employees in a nonprofit has a number of challenges. From IRS sanctions, to 990 disclosures, to donor disdain, boards and management struggle to walk the tightrope where they can pay market competitive wages and balance their organization’s stakeholder demands. At Zayla Partners, we provide an independent, third party voice of experience and strong reputation to ensure your company is in the best position to hire, inspire – and ultimately retire – the best talent available.
Pay Equity Analysis
Pay equity, or equal pay for equal work, is critical to the integrity of any compensation structure. Pay equity integrity is not just for legal purposes, but creates a culture of trust and sustainability that recognizes and rewards talent based upon performance and merit. Add recent litigation, as well as proposed legislation, and it’s easy to understand the importance of getting pay equality right. At Zayla Partners, we are experts at conducting pay equity analysis and developing pay programs that are best-in-class with regards to pay equity.
Compensation in a Private, Family-Owned Business
Family-owned businesses present their own unique executive compensation challenges. Frequently the lines between ownership, board of directors, management and family members become blurred. At Zayla Partners, we have a long history of providing an outside, independent voice and process to establish market competitive, reasonable compensation for senior management and board members.
At Zayla Partners, we review, analyze, design and resolve disputes around executive employment agreements. We have experience providing opinion on high profile employment agreements to small privately held and not for profit organizations. When developing or even defending employment agreements, we ensure they include market competitive practices and provide appropriate representation to the company, shareholders, and the executive.
Think Forward with Zayla
Zayla™ is happy to help your company align your pay and governance structures and processes with your long-term goals. Call us or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.