G. William Tysse Esq.

McGuireWoods LLP
Tysse, G. William

Will Tysse is a Partner in McGuireWoods LLP's Washington, D.C., office where he focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. Mr. Tysse has extensive experience advising public, private and nonprofit clients on all aspects of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including excess and supplemental retirement plans, cash and equity incentive plans, and employment and severance agreements.

He is particularly experienced with Section 409A requirements, and regularly advises clients in other areas of executive compensation law, including Section 162(m), Section 280G, the SEC’s executive compensation proxy disclosure rules and the executive compensation aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Mr. Tysse also advises clients on the tax and securities law aspects of stock option plans, including incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plans. He has experience advising clients on the tax and ERISA-related aspects of qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans, health and welfare plans and other fringe benefits.

Mr. Tysse received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, MSt from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Tysse is a co-author of BBNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 73-3rd, Compensation Committees.  This portfolio addresses the purposes, duties and legal responsibilities of compensation committees of the boards of directors of public companies. It sets out the legal obligations and standards by which these committees' actions will be judged and also suggests rules and guidelines for operation. In addition, the protection given to decisions made by such committees under the business judgment rule is given significant attention. Specific areas of law where a compensation committee is necessary, the requirements that committees must satisfy in reporting their decisions to shareholders and what additional benefits should be payable upon a change of control are included in the portfolio's scope.