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As a partner and Chair of our Employee Benefits practice, Ken Raskin counsels corporate and individual clients on a wide range of employee benefit, executive compensation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters, including regulatory compliance and their treatment in corporate transactions.

Ken provides counsel in mergers, reorganizations, spin-offs and other significant transactions, including financings and takeover defenses. Ken helps clients to establish and maintain non-qualified deferred compensation plans (including “top-hat plans” and “ERISA-excess plans”) and to develop plan funding mechanisms, such as “rabbi trusts.” He advises plan trustees, bank trust departments and other fiduciaries regarding ERISA and its investment requirements, along with fiduciary issues and responsibilities.

In addition, Ken advises compensation committees, corporations and high-profile executives with respect to the design and negotiation of employment contracts, incentive compensation arrangements, stock option plans, non-compete agreements, severance arrangements and parachute plans. He also counsels fund sponsors, investing plans and lenders on the formation, investment, fiduciary and other implications of ERISA and its "plan assets" regulation.

Ken also counsels clients on the creation, structure and communication of tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans; advises on maintaining Internal Revenue Service and ERISA compliance; and negotiates the resolution of qualification problems under the IRS and Department of Labor compliance resolution programs.

A regular speaker and author, Ken is nationally recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, PLC Which Lawyer? and Legal 500. He has also been named a New York-Metro Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine.

Full Bio

Credentials

B.A., University of Vermont

J.D., St. Johns University

M.B.A., Binghamton University

New York

Member of the New York State Bar Association

Member of the American Bar Association

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Deferred Compensation

Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance

Chairman of the Board of the Plan Sponsor Council of America

Chambers USA


2005–2016

The Best Lawyers in America


2005–2016

New York-Metro Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers, 2006–2016

PLC Which Lawyer?


2005–2012

Credentials

B.A., University of Vermont

J.D., St. Johns University

M.B.A., Binghamton University

New York

Member of the New York State Bar Association

Member of the American Bar Association

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Deferred Compensation

Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance

Chairman of the Board of the Plan Sponsor Council of America

Chambers USA


2005–2016

The Best Lawyers in America


2005–2016

New York-Metro Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers, 2006–2016

PLC Which Lawyer?


2005–2012