Grace L. Wirth is a counsel in Goodwin’s ERISA & Executive Compensation practice and represents a wide variety of clients, including both public and private companies at all stages of the corporate lifecycle, boards of directors and compensation committees, venture capital and private equity funds and members of management, with a focus on emerging growth companies in the technology and life sciences sector. Ms. Wirth advises on all aspects of executive and employee compensation, as well as on tax and securities law issues in connection with equity-based arrangements and other types of incentive plans.

Ms. Wirth works closely with clients on compensation issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings, initial public offerings and other corporate transactions. In addition, she regularly advises both employers and executives in the negotiation, design and implementation of employment, severance, change in control and equity participation arrangements. Ms. Wirth also counsels clients regarding 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.

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Ms. Wirth’s experience has included advising:

Public Offerings

  • Companies, such as Moderna, Eidos Pharmaceuticals, Twilio, Atlassian, Amplify Snack Brands, TPI Composites, ClubCorp Holdings* and Orchard Supply Hardware*, on their initial public offerings as well as follow-on offerings.
  • Investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan, on the initial public offerings of Blue Apron, MuleSoft, Fitbit, Penumbra, Tintri, Intermedia, Talend, Facebook*, Realogy*, Bright Horizons Family Solutions*, Vince Holdings*, Tesla*, RealPage* and Neophotonics*.


  • Centerbridge Partners in its acquisition of Civitas Solutions for $1.4 billion
  • AppNexus in its sale to AT&T
  • Index in its sale to Stripe
  • Amplify Snack Brands in its sale to Hershey for $1.6 billion and Amplify Snack Brands in its acquisition of Tyrrells
  • Chariot in its sale to Ford
  • Xoom in its sale to PayPal for $890 million
  • Atlassian, Fitbit, Guidewire and Twilio in several acquisitions, including Twilio’s acquisition of SendGrid for $2 billion
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $3.2 billion
  • TellApart in its sale to Twitter for $533 million
  • Trulia in its sale to Zillow for $3.5 billion
  • Thoma Bravo in its acquisition of iPipeline and Infogix and various other acquisitions
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of Dell for $24.4 billion, acquisition of Interactive Data Corporation for $3.4 billion and various other acquisitions and sales*
  • Hellman & Friedman in its acquisition of Associated Materials for $1.3 billion, sale of Vertafore to TPG Capital for $1.4 billion and various other acquisitions and sales*

Ongoing Representation

  • Public companies: Moderna, Atlassian, Fate Therapeutics, Eidos Pharmaceuticals, Global Blood Therapeutics, Guidewire Software, MyoKardia, and Twilio
  • Private companies: Affirm, Rocket Lab, Rubrik and Thumbtack

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Ms. Wirth practiced at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wirth was an associate consultant in the Health & Welfare Benefits group at Tower Perrin (now known as Willis Towers Watson).

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