Andrea K. Wahlquist

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Andrea K. Wahlquist

Andrea K. Wahlquist

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Andrea K. Wahlquist

Andrea K. Wahlquist is a partner in Wachtell Lipton’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice, specializing in executive compensation and benefits matters, with an emphasis in representing target companies in strategic mergers and a background in representing some of the largest private equity sponsors in the acquisition, management and disposition of their portfolio companies.

Ms. Wahlquist regularly counsels private and public companies on the design, implementation and treatment of employee compensation and benefit programs — and routinely negotiates executive employment and separation arrangements — both in connection with corporate transactions and in the ordinary course of ongoing company representations. Ms. Wahlquist also has extensive experience with a broad range of executive compensation-related and benefits issues that arise in IPOs, spin-offs and in bankruptcy/restructuring transactions.

Ms. Wahlquist is included in The Best Lawyers in America — Employee Benefits Law, is recognized as a leading lawyer in both The Legal 500 and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was named in The American Lawyer’s 2007 “Dealmakers of the Year” issue. Ms. Wahlquist has spoken as a panelist at a variety of industry conferences addressing executive compensation and governance issues.

Ms. Wahlquist served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen J. Swift of the United States Tax Court (1995-97), and after her clerkship began practicing as an executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer in New York City. Ms. Wahlquist received her B.A. from the University of Virginia (1992) and her J.D. from the Washington & Lee University School of Law (1995), where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Digest, a publication of the Virginia State Bar Association.

Ms. Wahlquist sits on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is a member of the American Bar Association and its Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Washington & Lee University and of The Children’s Aid Society in New York City.

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Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Education
Juris Doctorate
Class of 1995

The Washington and Lee University School of Law (W&L Law) is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law has a total enrollment of approximately 420 students in Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs and a 9.5-to-1 student to faculty ratio.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1992

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819. UVA's initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Monroe owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His law office and farmhouse are now the site of Brown College at Monroe Hill, a residential college at UVA. UVA is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report's National University Rankings, the school was listed as America's 2nd best public university; tied with UCLA and surpassed only by UC Berkeley.

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Partner
1997 - 2014

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Partner
Current

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world's leading business law firms. Their deep experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance means that they regularly handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. They counsel both public and private acquirors and targets. They also have extensive experience handling sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and in counseling boards of directors and senior management in the most sensitive situations. In addition, their attorneys are thought leaders, speaking and writing frequently in their various areas of expertise.Wachtell Lipton is consistently ranked as the most prestigious and desirable law firm to work for in the United States, thus enabling the firm to attract associates and some of the most outstanding and motivated attorneys and law school graduates in the United States and from around the world.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Trustees
Current

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight. The University is located in the historic city of Lexington (population 7,000) in the Great Valley of Virginia about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks. New or recently renovated buildings include the John W. Elrod University Commons, the journalism department's Reid Hall, the Doremus fitness center and Wilson Hall, the fine arts and music center. Academic Divisions Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The undergraduate institution offers 40 majors, 20 minors and more than 1,100 courses—an enviable curriculum for a school of only 1,770 undergraduate students. W&L also features the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges. The School of Law, one of the smallest nationally recognized legal programs in the country at about 400 students, has its own dean and faculty. It offers the Juris Doctor degree and, for international law graduates, the Master of Laws degree in United States Law. Faculty and Students As one of the nation's best teaching colleges, W&L places a high priority on recruiting and retaining a top-notch faculty. Virtually all of the University's professors hold the Ph.D. degree or equivalent earned doctoral degree, and all faculty members are active in continuing self-development as scholars and teachers. There are no teaching assistants. The average class size is 16 students, and nearly one-fourth of all classes have no more than 10 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. W&L is also notable for its national and international student body. W&L's students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries. About 14 percent of undergraduates come from Virginia, with large numbers of students arriving from Maryland, Texas, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and California. Student Life Once on campus, W&L students are highly involved in student government, athletics and student activities. The University fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including the 2007 national champions in women's tennis. Students can also participate in over 125 clubs and organizations, including a student newspaper, a broadcast radio station, and cable television station. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the University is its student run Honor System, and the environment that it creates on campus and in Lexington. Students at W&L enjoy unparalleled academic and social freedom. Undergraduates typically schedule their own final examinations, all students take their exams unsupervised, personal property is generally safe on campus, most University buildings remain open twenty-four hours per day, and a student’s word is accepted and respected both on campus and in the community. Since its inception, the Honor System has fostered a sense of community and trust that continues to enhance the lives of Washington and Lee students, during enrollment at Washington and Lee and in their later personal and professional lives.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

The Children's Aid Society, Inc. provides adoption, foster care & health and education services to underserved children and families. It serves early childhood, school aged children, adolescents, and parents. The company was founded in 1853 by Charles Loring Brace and is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Member Emeritus, Law Council
Prior

The Law Alumni Association was created in 1953 to promote the Law School as an institution of service to its students, the legal profession, the judiciary, and the general public. The Law Alumni Association support the School of Law with funds for student scholarships, two Law Alumni faculty fellowships, and two Law Alumni Association faculty fellowships in teaching excellence. The Law Alumni Association no longer solicits dues from law alumni. Instead the Law Council encourages W&L Law Alumni to support the Law Annual Fund.

Political Donations
$1,000
2018

Senator from Texas

$500
2012

Treasurer at Government of Ohio

$1,000
2010

Senator from Florida

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purchases GCP Applied Technologies, Inc. from W. R. Grace & Co.

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The Carlyle Group LP (Corporate Private Equity) purchases Partylite, Inc.

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KKR & Co., Inc. purchases KKR Financial Holdings LLC

Awards & Honors
2013
The Legal 500 United States
2013
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
2012
The Legal 500 United States
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