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Daniel C. Hagen (Dan)

Practice Leader Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


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  • University of Virginia (J.D. 1980; Order of the Coif; Law Review); Baldwin Wallace University (B.A. summa cum laude 1977)

Bar Admissions

  • New York and Ohio

Dan Hagen, who co-chairs the Firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, has more than 30 years of experience advising boards and senior management teams on executive compensation matters. His practice focuses on equity and other incentive compensation plans and employment and change in control programs for companies' leadership teams. Dan helps companies with compensation programs that create incentives for senior executives to execute on strategic corporate objectives and enhance value for shareholders and other stakeholders and that stabilize and incent management teams through strategic transactions. He has assisted companies through hundreds of mergers, divestitures, restructurings, and other transformational transactions, providing practical solutions to the difficult problems that arise in strategic transactions and managing the intricate tax, corporate and securities law, ERISA, and related rules that affect compensation programs in these settings.

Dan's recent transactions and restructurings include Reynolds American's $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard, the $5 billion disposition of its Natural American Spirit International businesses to JT Group, and its acquisition by British American Tobacco Plc at a value exceeding $90 billion; Exelis' acquisition by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billion; the sale of a majority interest in OE Connection to Providence Equity Partners; and the proposed sale of Oncor Electric to SEMPRA at an enterprise value of approximately $11.25 billion.

Dan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Baldwin Wallace University and chairs the Compensation and Enrollment Management Committees at Baldwin Wallace. He coauthored the Collier Monograph Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in Corporate Bankruptcies.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2007-2017

    Chambers USA 2006-2016 (Band 1) — "peers admire his intellect and strong communication skills"

    Legal 500 US 2008 — "responsive, professional and intelligent" and "understands our business needs"
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