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.