James C. Williams has joined Mayer Brown's Chicago office as a partner in the employment & benefits group. He regularly counsels clients on all aspects of executive compensation, including nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, equity compensation plans, employment agreements and separation agreements, proxy disclosure and Securities and Exchange Commission filings. His practice also includes advice on the design, formation and operation of qualified retirement plans. He has broad experience with Title I ERISA matters and in advising deal teams on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of M&A transactions, including due diligence, transaction terms, golden parachute and multiemployer plan withdrawal issues and post-closing matters. In addition, Mr. Williams assists US multinational corporations with regard to global equity arrangements and multinational corporations based abroad on extending their parent company equity plans to executives of their US subsidiaries. Before joining Mayer Brown, Williams was a partner at Proskauer Rose and earlier was a partner at McGuire Woods and a principal at Deloitte & Touche. Williams has a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, a Law degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Law and Taxation degree from the College of William and Mary.