Simpson Thacher hires Akin partner

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has ramped up its executive compensation capabilities, snaring a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Tristan Brown will join the firm as partner in Simpson Thacher’s Palo Alto, California office in the executive compensation and employee benefits group.

Firm chairman Pete Ruegger said: “Tristan will advise clients on a broad range of employee compensation and benefit matters. His skill and experience will be an important addition to the Firm and will enhance our practice in Silicon Valley”

Katten Muchin also built up its executive compensation expertise this week, snaring former McCarter English managing partner Steve Eckhaus in its New York office (The Lawyer, 12th June)

Simpson Thacher’s head of executive compensation, Alvin Brown, said: “Having Tristan in Palo Alto will anchor our West Coast compensation and benefits work, as well as strengthen our efforts in Asia.”