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Steven W. Rabitz

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Dechert LLP

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Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation


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.


  • 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)


  • 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

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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Steven Rabitz - Dechert LLP

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

The team at Dechert LLP was recently strengthened by the addition of fiduciary compliance and prohibited transaction expert Steven Rabitz, who joined the New York office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Rabitz and executive compensation expert Andrew Oringer acts for a number of global financial services firms in fund structuring mandates and related issues requiring compliance with ERISA fiduciary standards. Co-head David Jones sits in the Philadelphia office alongside Eric Rubin, and advises public and private corporations, private equity investors and hedge funds on 280A and 409A tax compliance issues in the context of M&A. Standout transactions include acting for Actua Corporation in its $549m aggregate subsidiary sale, and advising Differential Brands Group on the $1.4bn majority acquisition of Hong Kong-listed licensing business Global Brands Group Holding. New York-based Stephen W Skonieczny is another name to note. Additional clients include Court Square Capital Partners, Credit Suisse Securities, FMC Corporation and Cerberus Capital Management.

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