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SCOTT A. WEBSTER

PARTNER

  • J.D., 1996
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., 1993
    Boston University
    (summa cum laude, with distinction)

Webster, Scott A

Scott Webster, a partner in Goodwin Procter’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 chairs the firm’s Attorney Review Committee and co-chairs its GLBT Initiative.

With more than 18 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.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

 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 the establishment of a new trust company and collective fund and directed trustee products

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 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 include work for the Point Foundation and the One Fund Boston.

MEDIA

Mr. Webster is an active member of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) and formerly participated in the Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC). Mr. Webster is a regular contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Financial Services Alert and has written numerous alerts and articles on ERISA and executive compensation topics.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Webster is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Maine.

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, as well as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star.”