Alessandra K. Murata

Alessandra K. Murata

Alessandra Murata is a partner in Goodwin’s ERISA & Executive Compensation Practice. Working with public and private companies, with a focus on those in the technology, life sciences, private equity and REIT sectors, Ms. Murata counsels organizations and management on executive compensation and benefits issues arising through mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, venture capital and leveraged buyout transactions and other transformative corporate events.

Ms. Murata regularly advises public and private companies on the adoption, revision and negotiation of executive employment and severance arrangements. She counsels clients regarding equity compensation arrangements for corporations and partnerships, compliance with tax rules relating to deferred compensation, tax planning with respect to the excise tax on excess parachute payments, limits on the deductibility of executive compensation and SEC rules governing executive compensation disclosure and reporting.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, she practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and, previously, at Debevoise & Plimpton.


The Silicon Valley Business Journal lists Ms. Murata as one of its 2016 Women of Influence based on her professional and civic achievements.

Areas of Practice


Ms. Murata’s work has included advising:

Executive Compensation Matters

  • Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. on its $8.4 billion acquisition by Weyerhauser Co.*
  • Hewlett-Packard Co. on the acquisition of Voltage Security, Inc.*
  • XTO Energy Inc. on the $41 billion stock-for-stock merger with Exxon Mobil Corporation*
  • BlackRock on the $13.5 billion acquisition of Barclays Global Investors business from Barclays*
  • Wisconsin Energy Corp. on the $9.1 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group, Inc.*
  • LSI Corporation on its $6.6 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited*
  • Express Scripts, Inc. on the $4.7 billion acquisition of WellPoint Inc.’s NextRx subsidiaries*
  • Foundation Coal Holdings Inc. on the $2 billion stock-for-stock merger with Alpha Natural Resources Inc.*
  • Pacific Century Group on the $500 million acquisition of a portion of American International Group’s investment advisory and asset management business*
  • China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre on the $362 million acquisition of the Enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent S.A.*
  • Baidu, Inc. on the $123 million acquisition of the remaining 41 percent stake in Nuomi Holdings Inc. from Renren Inc.*
  • Green Bancorp, Inc. on the $46 million acquisition of SP Bancorp, Inc.*

Private Equity Matters

  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. and a private equity consortium including The Blackstone Group L.P., The Carlyle Group LP, Permira Funds and TPG Capital, L.P. on Freescale’s $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors NV*
  • First Eagle Investment Management, LLC on its $4 billion acquisition by private equity funds managed by The Blackstone Group L.P. and Corsair Capital LLC*
  • TPG Capital, L.P. on the $1.5 billion acquisition of The Warranty Group, Inc.*
  • Permira Funds on the $1.1 billion sale of its portfolio company, Renaissance Learning Inc., to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC*
  • A consortium consisting of WL Ross & Co., The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Centerbridge Capital Partners, other investors and a management team led by John Kanas, on the $900 million acquisition of the banking operations of BankUnited, FSB in an auction by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver*
  • Digital River, Inc. on the $840 million acquisition by an investor group led by private equity firm Siris Capital Group, LLC*
  • Castle Harlan, Inc. on the $400 million acquisition of Tensar Corporation*
  • Green Bancorp, Inc. (owned by Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC, Harvest Partners, LP and Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC), the holding company for Green Bank, N.A., on the $80 million IPO of common stock*
  • IPS Corporation, a portfolio company of Calera Capital, on its acquisition by Nautic Partners, LLC*
  • Calera Capital on the acquisition of United Site Services Inc.*
  • SkillSoft Limited’s senior management team during its acquisition by Pointwell Limited*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.



LL.M., 2000
New York University School of Law
J.D., 1999
University of Michigan Law School
B.S., 1996
Cornell University



New York
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