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Mar 16, 2022

Governance Matters podcast: Taking a successful approach to executive pay in M&A

The latest episode of the Governance Matters podcast looks at how boards and governance teams can manage executive compensation issues around M&A deals

Boards of directors play a key role when it comes to M&A transactions. At the bottom line, they have to determine whether the deal on the table is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

After a quiet 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, M&A activity roared back last year. Now the dealmaking environment is again characterized by a great deal of uncertainty. At the same time, many investors have been casting a more critical eye over executive compensation packages and practices.

Robin Ferracone, founder and CEO of governance and compensation specialist Farient Advisors, believes that uncertainty around M&A deals should be kept to a minimum and that executive pay planning is a key element to successful transactions.

In the latest episode of our podcast, host Jeff Cosette speaks with Ferracone about how boards and governance teams can best approach these issues. An important part of that, she says, is putting together the right compensation packages for those individuals who will be leaving as part of the deal, those who will be staying on for a limited amount of time and those the company wants to retain.

‘With the great resignation going on, we’re seeing more and more companies putting together equity pools to [keep] people in the new company and stay-bonuses… possibly a special integration bonus. Those can be very powerful to get people rowing in the same direction toward some common goals,’ Ferracone notes.  


The Governance Matters podcast provides listeners with insight into cutting-edge issues of the day for corporate secretaries, general counsel and other governance professionals.

The series looks at how the role of the corporate secretary and the board has evolved over time, as well as how the governance landscape continues to change. From ESG to entity management, shareholder engagement to technology, hear from award-winning governance professionals and leading advisers about the latest public company governance matters.

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Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...