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Kathleen Wechter

Kathleen Wechter


New York
T: +1 212 836 8730
F: +1 212 836 8689

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  • Duke University School of Law
    JD, with Honors, 1983
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    BA, summa cum laude, 1980; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission(s)

  • New York

Kathleen Wechter is Counsel in Kaye Scholer’s Tax Department. With more than 20 years' experience in employee benefits and executive compensation, she drafts and advises clients on tax-qualified retirement and incentive plans as well as employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and medical and welfare plans. She also provides advice on the regulatory and plan investment issues in maintaining qualified plans, including fiduciary issues and prohibited transactions.

Kathleen has extensive experience in structuring corporate finance transactions with respect to ERISA issues and investments by plans. She advises issuers, underwriters and investors on benefits issues related to complex corporate transactions, including asset backed and structured finance transactions, credit transactions, fund formation, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings.

In the related area of executive compensation, Kathleen advises clients on design and implementation of compensatory arrangements for executives, directors and independent contractors, including employment agreements, equity arrangements, supplemental executive retirement plans, and golden parachute and severance agreements. Her work on these matters includes securities issues affecting employee benefit plans, including reporting obligations and disclosure of compensation arrangements in securities filings.