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Nutter Expands Tax Department

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP announced today that Crescent Moran Chasteen has joined the firm as Of Counsel in its Tax Department. Chasteen has practiced employee benefits and executive compensation law with multinational law firms in Boston and Washington, DC.

Chasteen focuses her practice on advising companies, executives and boards on the regulatory complexities of executive compensation and benefits, including tax laws governing deferred compensation, equity compensation, golden parachute arrangements and deduction limitation rules; securities laws including reporting and disclosure requirements, shareholder approval requirements and registration issues; and ERISA.

“Crescent’s extensive experience advising public companies, boards, private equity clients and members of management is of tremendous value to our clients, who must navigate ever-changing and increasingly complex regulatory requirements governing executive compensation issues,” said Deborah J. Manus, managing partner of Nutter.

Chasteen frequently counsels both purchasers and sellers in such transactions with respect to the potential impact of “golden parachute” payments (including the excise tax on excess parachute payments), permissible treatment of employee stock options and structure of retention and deal bonus arrangements. In addition, she counsels clients on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules governing executive compensation disclosure, corporate governance matters and periodic reporting requirements, and counsels large public companies and individual senior executives on the adoption, revision and negotiation of executive employment and severance agreements, as well as litigation and controversies involving executive compensation.

Chasteen is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and admitted to practice in Massachusetts, District of Columbia and Michigan. After law school, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Carolyn P. Chiechi of the U.S. Tax Court. She received her B.A. from the University of Maine, her J.D., cum laude, from the Western New England University School of Law, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

About Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a Boston-based law firm that provides high level legal counsel to clients who range from well-established companies and institutions to early stage entrepreneurs to foundations and families. The firm was co-founded by Louis D. Brandeis, who later became a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been in continuous practice for 135 years.

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