Charles E. Wachsstock

Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Charles E. Wachsstock

Charles E. Wachsstock

Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Charles E. Wachsstock, based in the firm’s New York office, is a member of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. His practice focuses on the design and operation of a wide array of compensatory arrangements for directors, executives and employees, as well as employee benefit matters in public and private mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wachsstock assists clients with their disclosure requirements concerning compensation and employee benefits, with their internal corporate governance investigations and in their defense of ERISA fiduciary litigation, and with their ERISA duties generally. Mr. Wachsstock regularly helps clients comply with a broad range of laws that apply in the executive compensation and employee benefit context, including tax laws (especially Sections 83, 162(m), 280G and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code), disclosure laws under Item 402 of Regulation S-K and Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and newly enacted laws such as the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “healthcare reform”.

Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Mr. Wachsstock served in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1997, his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University’s Law School in 1998, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in International Relations and Human History from Boston University in 1993.

Mr. Wachsstock writes frequently on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Most recently, he is the author or co-author of “Heed the Plan or Face Your Peril: Failing to Follow Plan Procedures Nightmares,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (2012), “Buyer Beware (Employee Edition): Employee Benefit Covenants Could Have Unintended Consequences on ERISA Plans,” The M&A Lawyer (2012), “Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Confessing to Risky Compensation Structures (and Other New SEC Disclosure Rules).” The M&A Lawyer (2010) and “Oops, You Discovered a § 409A Violation: Now What?” Employee Benefit Plan Review (2009).

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Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Education
LL.M. in Taxation
Class of 1998

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

J.D.
Class of 1997

Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University. It is the second-oldest law school in Massachusetts and one of the first law schools in the country to admit students regardless of race or gender. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association.

BA in International Relations & Human History, summa cum laude
Class of 1993

Boston University (most commonly referred to as BU) is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university has more than 4,000 faculty members and 29,000 students,and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, and medical and dental degrees through 18 schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU also operates 75 study abroad programs in over 33 cities in over 20 countries and has internship opportunities in 10 different countries (including the United States and abroad).

Career History
Partner
2019 - Current

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is an American private company located in Washington, DC. The firm provides legal services.

Counsel
1999 - 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Prior

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the revenue service of the United States federal government. The government agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, and is under the immediate direction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and the interpretation and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code. The first income tax was assessed in 1862 to raise funds for the American Civil War, with a rate of 3%. Today the IRS collects over $2.4 trillion each tax year from around 234 million tax returns.

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Citizens Financial Group, Inc. - Rhode Island, Citizens Bank NA purchase Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC

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