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Executive Compensation


A wide spectrum of clients has counted on our proven and broad expertise in executive compensation to design and implement compensation and benefit programs efficiently and cost-effectively. We work with both publicly and privately-held companies, tax-exempt organizations, and startups, representing a range of industries, including health care, banking and finance, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology.

Members of our executive compensation law practice group regularly provide advice and representation regarding design and implementation of tax advantaged arrangements for:

  • Nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements designed to satisfy Section 409A of the U.S. tax code (including top hat plans)
  • Equity and phantom equity-based compensation (including SARs, ISOs, NQSOs, restricted stock, and phantom stock) 
  • Retention, profit-sharing, and other incentive-based compensation 
  • Change–in-control, severance, and retention benefits designed to facilitate management changes (including golden parachute analysis under Section 280G of the U.S. tax code)
  • Eligible and ineligible deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt entities designed to meet the requirements of Sections 409A and 457 of the U.S. tax code

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Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Hometown Financial Group Inc.

    Nutter represented Hometown Financial Group, Inc., the bank holding company of bankESB (Easthampton, MA) and bankHometown (Oxford, MA), in connection with its acquisition of Pilgrim Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered co-operative bank headquartered in Cohasset, MA, and its bank holding company, Pilgrim Bancshares, Inc. (OTCMKTS: PLRM).

  • PeoplesBancorp, MHC

    Nutter represented PeoplesBancorp, MHC, a Massachusetts mutual holding company, and the bank holding company of PeoplesBank, a Massachusetts-chartered savings bank, both of Holyoke, Massachusetts, in connection with its acquisition of First Suffield Financial, Inc., a Connecticut corporation and the bank holding company of The First National Bank of Suffield, a national bank, both of Suffield, Connecticut. The total value of the transaction was approximately $60 million.

  • MNB Bancorp

    Nutter advised MNB Bancorp, the parent company of The Milford National Bank and Trust Company, a national bank, both of Milford, Massachusetts, in its acquisition by Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: INDB). Independent is the parent company of Rockland Trust Company. The total value of the transaction was approximately $54 million.

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