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Paul J. Wessel

Paul J. Wessel

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

New York, NY, USA

Paul Wessel is Co-Chair of Weil’s Tax Department and heads the Executive Compensation & Benefits Group. Mr. Wessel focuses his practice on handling employee benefits and executive compensation matters in mergers and acquisitions and financial restructurings, representing corporations, boards of directors, private equity firms and financial institutions.

Mr. Wessel has represented numerous financial institutions, public and privately held companies, boards of directors, employee benefit plan trustees, and individual corporate executives. Mr. Wessel also regularly counsels clients in connection with executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA matters, as well as pension investments and fiduciary matters. His practice includes advising on equity and incentive compensation plans, nonqualified pension plans, and employment, severance and change in control agreements.

Mr. Wessel also represents clients on the compensation and benefits aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and advises debtors in possession and creditors’ committees on pension and employee benefits matters in bankruptcy. Additionally, his practice involves regulatory matters with the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Wessel is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and compensation matters and has been published and quoted in the media on current issues in the area.

Mr. Wessel is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, where clients note he is“absolutely top in his field and very good to work with.”He is also regularly recognized in Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America and is listed as a “Bankruptcy Tax Specialist” by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine.

Market recognition

Mr. Wessel is “absolutely top in his field and very good to work with.” — Chambers USA

Recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America



University of Buffalo (J.D., 1987)

Cornell University (B.S., 1983)


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