Matthew T. Shiels is a partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation Group. Matt regularly advises private and public companies, private equity sponsors, portfolio companies and senior executives in connection with executive compensation and employee benefits in a number of complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions. Matt’s practice focuses on providing advice on a wide variety of executive compensation matters, including structuring and implementing deferred compensation, equity compensation, bonus compensation and incentive compensation plans and agreements. Matt’s practice also includes drafting transactional documents, including employment, consulting, termination, change-in-control, severance and release agreements, as well as identifying issues arising under, and assisting in complying with, the Internal Revenue Code (including sections 280G and 409A), federal securities laws, applicable exchange regulations and related corporate governance rules.

Representative Private Equity Sponsor Clients

ABRY Partners; Accel-KKR; Advent International; AE Industrial Partners; A&M Capital Partners; Apax Capital Partners; Arlington Capital Partners; Arsenal Capital Partners; Avista Capital Partners; The Blackstone Group; Brentwood Associates; Brighton Park Capital; Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.; Centerview Partners; Fortress Investment Group; Francisco Partners; FTV Capital; Golden Gate Capital; Greenbriar Equity Group; HighBar Partners; HGGC; ICV Partners; J.H. Whitney Capital Partners; Kinderhook; Lincolnshire Management; Lion Capital; LNK Partners; Luminate Capital Partners; Madison Dearborn Partners; Marlin Equity Partners; Monomoy Capital Partners; New Mountain Capital; Northern Pacific Growth; ORIX Capital Partners; Palladium Equity Partners; Parthenon Capital; Sentinel Capital Partners; (Softbank) SB Investment Advisers (US); Starr Principal Holdings; Stripes Group; Summit Partners; The Jordan Company; Thoma Bravo; Towerbrook Capital; TPG Capital; Trilantic Capital Partners; TriPointe Capital Partners; TZP Group; Vestar Capital Partners; Warren Equity Partners; Water Street Healthcare Partners; and Welsh, Carlson, Anderson & Stowe.



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Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008New York


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • New York University School of LawLL.M.2008
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawJ.D.2007
  • State University of New York at AlbanyB.S.cum laude2003