Kathleen Wechter has more than 20 years' experience in employee benefits and executive compensation, drafting and advising clients on tax-qualified retirement and incentive plans as well as on 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.

Ms. Wechter 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, Ms. Wechter 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.


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

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