Zaitun Poonja

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Zaitun Poonja

Zaitun Poonja

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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A member of Morgan Lewis’s cross-practice global workforce team, Zaitun Poonja counsels in all areas of executive compensation for startups, emerging growth companies, and public companies. She advises large multinational corporations, and publicly and privately held companies in numerous global industries—including technology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences—on implementation of equity compensation programs in US and foreign jurisdictions. She counsels public and private companies in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, spin-offs, initial public offerings and venture financing.

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Zaitun has experience designing and structuring equity awards in more than 70 countries in Europe (including Russia), the Asia Pacific and South Asia regions, Latin America, and the Middle East. Working closely with clients, she advises on the tax, securities, and financial accounting implications of equity programs in the United States; and the tax, securities, exchange control, labor law, data privacy and other legal implications related to the use of equity programs in foreign jurisdictions.

She also analyzes the tax treatment of cross-border employees; prepares prospectus and registration statements to comply with local securities laws and exchange control rules; and helps design and implement US equity programs for inbound non-US entities.

Zaitun also counsels clients in Securities Exchange Act Section 16 reporting, parachute tax and Section 409A issues; employment agreements; and change in control benefits and severance programs.

She is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2016).

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to various industries. Their industry-focused practices include: antitrust, energy, life sciences, and securities. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Political Donations
$250
2012

Representative from California's 7th Congressional District

$500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$500
2010

Founder at Girls Who Code, Inc.

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Bullhorn, Inc., Insight Partners purchase Jobscience, Inc. from Tribune Media Co.

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Bullhorn, Inc., Insight Partners purchase Talent Rover LLC

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AstraZeneca Plc purchases Acerta Pharma BV from Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Holding BV, Biogeneration Management BV

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