Scott A. Webster

Scott A. Webster

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Scott A. Webster

Scott Webster, the chair of Goodwin’s ERISA & Executive Compensation Group, is recognized as a leading attorney in his field by Chambers USA, where clients note his “tremendous amount of business acumen and spot-on business advice.” He currently co-chairs the firm’s GLBT Initiative and formerly chaired the firm’s Attorney Review Committee.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Webster represents financial service organizations and other fiduciaries concerning issues arising in connection with the investment of retirement plan assets, including fiduciary, investment and prohibited transaction matters. In addition, he has been extensively involved in establishing and operating collective investment vehicles, including group trusts, VCOCs and REOCs, as well as structuring and developing a variety of new investment products.

He also works closely with public and private companies, and their investors, in structuring, implementing and administering equity-based compensation, incentive compensation and other employee benefit plans and arrangements, including providing advice with respect to tax, accounting, corporate and securities law concerns that arise in connection with such plans and arrangements.

Mr. Webster lives in Boston with his husband Peter and their cat Bella. He enjoys adventure travel, and his trips have included an excursion to Antarctica, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda, and hiking up Nepal’s Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp.

Professional Activities

Mr. Webster serves on the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council for Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School program on Leading Professional Service Firms and the YWCA’s LeadBoston program, and is a former member of the LeadBoston Advisory Council. Mr. Webster formerly served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s ERISA Committee. Mr. Webster’s pro bono activities have included work for the Point Foundation and the One Fund Boston.

Recognition

Mr. Webster is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S., and has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Areas of Practice

Experience

Mr. Webster has recently represented:

  • LiveRail, the world’s largest programmatic platform for video publishers, in its sale to Facebook
  • Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its major collaboration with Celgene Corporation
  • Brookfield Asset Management in the formation of a $4.4 billion private real estate fund
  • MphasiS Ltd., an IT services company based in Bangalore, India, in its all-cash acquisition of Digital Risk
  • AvalonBay Communities in its acquisition of 40% of Archstone from Lehman Brothers in a deal valued at over $16 billion
  • Russell Investments in its sale to the London Stock Exchange Group
  • John Hancock and Manulife AM in their acquisition of the retirement plan business from New York Life

Credentials

Education

J.D., 1996
University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., 1993
Boston University

(summa cum laude, with distinction)

Admissions

Bar

Massachusetts
Maine
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