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Steven W. Rabitz

Steven W. Rabitz

Dechert LLP

New York, NY, USA


Steven W. Rabitz focuses his practice on the fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transaction and funding rules of ERISA, specifically how they relate to financial products and services, U.S. Federal income tax, securities and other legal matters concerning compensation and benefits. In addition, Mr. Rabitz assists clients on how ERISA rules are applicable to the design, implementation and ongoing operation of retirement and health benefits.

Mr. Rabitz advises clients such as broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, banks, investment managers, trustees, mutual fund complexes, alternative fund sponsors and other financial market participants on the conduct of their businesses as applied to U.S. retirement clients. He also represents both private and public companies in a variety of matters involving compensation and benefits, as well as cross-border related considerations. He is regularly featured in Chambers USA for his work in employee benefits and executive compensation and in Best Lawyers for his ERISA-related practice. He is nationally recommended by The Legal 500 and was named a “Leading Lawyer” in 2017, in addition to being ranked in Super Lawyers.

Mr. Rabitz’s writing on current legal topics and issues has appeared in numerous publications, including, Tax Management Compensation Journal, Pension & Benefits Daily, Derivatives: Financial Products Report, The Hedge Fund Law Report, and Neuberger Berman's DC Insights, and he has been quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Hedge Fund Law Report, International Business Times and Law 360. In 2015, he received the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. Mr. Rabitz frequently presents at conferences and webinars held by organizations, such as the Practising Law Institute (including one which he organized and currently chairs), IBA, SIFMA, the Institutional Investor Legal Forum, Regulatory Compliance Association and International Longevity Markets Association.

Prior to private practice, Mr. Rabitz pioneered and led the ERISA, executive compensation and benefits legal function at Lehman Brothers and served in a similar capacity at Barclays Capital. He also worked as part of a dedicated team of ERISA and compensation lawyers at Goldman Sachs earlier in his career. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Rabitz was a partner at a national leading law firm.

EDUCATION

Brandeis University, B.A., 1992, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1995, cum laude, Editor of New York University Review of Law & Social Change
New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1998

ADMISSIONS

New York
Massachusetts

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Brandeis University Alumni Board (2018-current)
  • Anti-Defamation League, various roles including: National Commissioner; New York Regional Board; Chair or Co-Chair of New York Regional Board International Affairs; Public Policy and Government Affairs Committees (2010-2018)
  • NYU Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2006-2015)

 

Steven W. Rabitz is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 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
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
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
Ides of March Special: 5th Circuit Assassinates DOL Fiduciary Rule, What’s Next in this Shakespearean Saga: “Love’s (Department of) Labor’s Lost”? “All’s Well That Ends Well”? “Much Ado About Nothing”? or “As You Like It”? (March 19, 2018) - Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment 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
Current Plan Investment Issues - Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Friday, May 18, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 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
Current Plan Investment Issues - Current Plan Investment Issues, Friday, May 18, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation - Tricky Issues for Private Company Equity-Based Compensation, Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Current Plan Investment Issues - Current Plan Investment Issues, Friday, May 18, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 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
Current Plan Investment Issues - Current Plan Investment Issues, Friday, May 18, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 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
Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, Nashville, TN
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2019: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 11, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
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