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Akin Gump appoints partner in London

Akin Gump has appointed Stephen Brown as a partner in the firm’s London office.

Brown brings substantial experience advising private equity sponsors and public companies on executive employment issues and in relation to the structuring and taxation of share schemes and management incentive arrangements and their taxation, in the UK and internationally.

With experience in both employment law and compensation and benefits, Brown focuses on supporting private equity sponsors on the employment and incentivisation of management teams and the structuring of tax-efficient equity and carry structures. He leads on the negotiation, drafting and implementation of the management equity piece in private equity-backed acquisitions and focuses on aligning rewards for the leadership team with the creation of value for investors over a multiyear period.

“Stephen has an impressive practice that fits squarely with the needs of our clients,” says Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “He will provide further support to our private equity and corporate clients, which is a key component of our strategic growth. His arrival will continue our success in London, and I am delighted he has joined the firm.”

Sebastian Rice, managing partner of Akin Gump’s London office, adds: “Stephen’s highly commercial and skilled approach is focused on finding and developing innovative approaches to tax and structuring—in particular of buyouts—as well as incentive and related governance matters. He will play a key role in expanding the firm’s tax and incentives and private equity teams in London and will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”

Brown adds: “I am looking forward to bringing my experience in executive employment and management equity and investments to Akin Gump and to enhancing the London practice’s strong service offering to sponsors and their portfolio companies as well as to public companies. I am excited to be a part of a successful and thriving London team.”

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