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Steven W. Rabitz

Steven W. Rabitz

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

New York, NY, USA


Steven W. Rabitz concentrates in the fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transaction and funding rules of ERISA, the tax, securities and other legal considerations associated with executive and other incentive compensation, and the rules applicable to the design, implementation and ongoing operation of retirement, health and other benefits. He advises broker-dealers, investment managers and other financial market participants on the ERISA (and related) considerations associated with the structuring, developing and offering of financial products and services, and also represents both public and private companies in a wide variety of compensation and benefit-related matters, including cross-border related considerations.

After spending six years as part of a dedicated team of ERISA and compensation lawyers internally at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Rabitz pioneered and led the ERISA, executive compensation and benefits legal function at Lehman Brothers, and most recently, has served at Barclays Capital in a similar substantive capacity. While in- house, Mr. Rabitz focused extensively on the ERISA considerations relating to his employers’ principal businesses and product lines, from both the “sell side” and the “buy side,” including ERISA issues relating to brokerage, prime brokerage, futures, securities lending, repos, swaps and other derivatives, structured debt and similar financial products, asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, as well as the ERISA considerations relating to asset management and investment advisory products and services, including separately managed accounts, the formation of, the investment by, and the ongoing operation of alternative investment vehicles like private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, funds of funds, other collective investment funds, and “wrap” and other similar products and services developed for both institutional and high net worth markets. He concentrated equally on his employers’ executive, deferred and other incentive-based compensatory programs, and other legal and regulatory aspects of compensation, as well as their retirement, health and other benefit programs. He focuses on the U.S. Federal income tax provisions (including Section 162(m), Section 409A and Section 457A of the Internal Revenue Code), corporate governance, and securities law (including Securities Act, Securities Exchange Act and proxy-related disclosure considerations), and other design and implementation-related considerations associated with companies’ incentive, equity and deferred compensation arrangements, whether for private or public companies, domestic or cross-border.

Education

LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1998

J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1995; Editor, New York University Review of Law & Social Change

B.A., summa cum laude, Brandeis University, 1992; Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha

Steven W. Rabitz is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans - ERISA 2017: The Evolving World, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Derivatives and other Financial Instruments - ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters It’s About Time! DOL Proposes Delay of Fiduciary Rule. But, as April 10 Nears, Clock Watchers Still “Wound Up” (March 2, 2017) - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Swimming in the Sea of Fiduciary: Legal and Commercial Implications for Private Funds (PowerPoint slides) - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Will Time Derail ‘Fiduciary’ Delay’s Arrival? DOL FABulously Pledges to “Mind the Gap” on Enforcement (March 13, 2017) - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Special Bulletin, Enough to Get Exercised About? Tax Reform Offers Limited Deferral on Certain Private Company Equity Compensation (January 3, 2018) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018
“Carrying On” About Contractual Carried Interests (PowerPoint slides) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Special Bulletin, ISO-lated No More? Tax Reform and Incentive Stock Options (December 22, 2017) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018
In RE Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12327-VCS (Del. Ch. Dec. 13, 2017) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Memorandum Number: 201725027, Application of Section 409A to Back-to-Back Arrangement (June 23, 2017) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018
The Zen “Venn” of ERISA Derivatives Credit Considerations and ERISA’s Grasp on Pooled Investment Vehicles - ERISA Plan Investments in Financial Markets 2018: The Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments - Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans - ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation - Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Derivatives and other Financial Instruments - Derivatives and other Financial Instruments, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments - Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans - ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation - Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments - Current Topics in Private Equity and Alternative Investments, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans - ERISA: Regulatory Interaction with Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation - Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Derivatives and other Financial Instruments - Derivatives and other Financial Instruments, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, New York, NY
ERISA 2017: The Evolving World, Tuesday, August 08, 2017, New York, NY
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 19, 2018, New York, NY
ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2018, Friday, March 23, 2018, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
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