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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.

Practice Group

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Corporate

Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

Private Funds

Investment Management

Commodities and Derivatives

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:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters In Re: Sand Hill Exchange, Order Instituting Cease-and-Desist Proceedings (SEC June 17, 2015) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Press Release, SEC Announces Enforcement Action for Illegal Offering of Security-Based Swaps, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (June 17, 2015) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
What’s the “BIC Deal” with Compensation in Financial Services? DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule and Selected Compensation Impacts (PowerPoint slides) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CDX Holdings Inc. v. Kurt Fox, No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kurt Fox v. CDX Holding, Inc., C.A. No. 8031-VCL 9 (Del. Ch. July 28, 2015) - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Keep Calm and Carried Interest - Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Wednesday, March 15, 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
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
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Thursday, March 16, 2017, New York, NY
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
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
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
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
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
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2018: Pay, Performance and Perspectives, Monday, March 12, 2018, Atlanta, GA
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