Kathleen Wechter has extensive experience in employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Ms. Wechter regularly represents clients in structuring investment fund and 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, and plan asset issues in fund formation and related operations. Ms. Wechter works with clients on compensation and benefits issues in mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings.

Ms. Wechter provides advice to employers on the tax regulatory and plan investment issues in maintaining tax-qualified plans, including fiduciary issues and prohibited transactions. In the related area of executive compensation, Ms. Wechter advises clients on the design and implementation of compensatory arrangements for executives, directors, and independent contractors, including employment agreements, equity arrangements, supplemental executive retirement plans, retention incentives, and golden parachute and severance agreements. Her work on these matters includes securities issues affecting employee benefit plans, including reporting obligations and proxy disclosure of compensation arrangements.


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983, with honors
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • New York

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