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Michel Vanesse

Charlotte | 704.335.9040
Fax | 704.334.4706

Michel Vanesse advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. He also counsels clients on the design, maintenance, and termination of qualified and non-qualified plans, performance-based and equity-based compensation, and all forms of executive compensation arrangements. Those include employment agreements, change-in-control agreements, and termination agreements, including in the private equity context.

Michel has represented public and privately held companies but also not-for-profit and governmental organizations, particularly in the health care industry. In that capacity, He regularly provides advice on the design and operation of 403(b) and 457 plans.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted a financial institution in the redesign of its qualified and non-qualified plans.
  • Assisted multiple publicly and privately held companies in 409A compliance, both domestically and internationally.
  • Advised several health systems in the establishment and maintenance of benefit plans, including 457 plans.
  • Represented the management team of an energy company on all benefits and executive compensation issues relating to a leveraged buyout; represented the same energy company on benefits and executive compensation issues during the subsequent IPO.
  • Represented clients with respect to the correction of documentary and operational failures in qualified and non-qualified 409A-covered plans.
  • Negotiated and drafted severance packages for members of management team of a retail company.
  • Advised clients on compliance with sections 162 (m) and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code (deductibility of executive compensation and parachute payments).
  • Represented privately held company before the Department of Labor in an ESOP audit.

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  • French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Carolinas, Board of Directors, 2019-present
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals