Cadwalader Strengthens Corporate Team With Addition of Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Partner Andrew O’Brien

July 08, 2024

Cadwalader has welcomed leading executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer Andrew O’Brien as a partner in its New York office.

“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to Cadwalader,” said Managing Partner Pat Quinn. “He has extensive experience in compensation-related issues that matter a great deal to our clients.”

Andrew has a deep background in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA. Notably, he has specific experience advising public and private corporations, private equity and investment funds on complex compensation, benefits, and related corporate governance and disclosure matters. Andrew joins Cadwalader from another major law firm where he served in a similar role. He has over 20 years of experience in executive compensation and employee benefits matters at other top law firms and private equity firms, including Blackstone, where he was a managing director.

“I’m looking forward to working with such a broadly oriented Corporate practice,” said Andrew. “Cadwalader has robust capabilities across the spectrum of transactions – mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings and more – and I appreciate how fundamentally important executive compensation and employee benefits issues are to our clients and transaction parties.”

With an increased focus on compensation-related governance questions and processes in global business, Andrew’s transactional acumen is also expected to help clients navigate a more complex regulatory environment.

“The intersection of executive compensation and corporate governance requires more agile counsel than in recent memory,” said William Mills, Corporate Co-Chair. “Andrew’s contributions will also complement the firm’s governance advisory capabilities within our Corporate practice.”

Andrew is the 25th lateral partner to join Cadwalader in the past two years, as the firm continues its strategic growth in areas that are of importance to its clients.