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Kahan, David E.
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Education

Clerkships

  • Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2001 - 2002

David E. Kahan joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2000 and became partner in 2009.  Mr. Kahan is a partner in the firm’s Executive Compensation and Benefits Department, and is active in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice, focusing on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of transactions. He also advises companies on executive compensation and related corporate governance matters.

Mr. Kahan received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he served on the Columbia Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit during the 2001-2002 term.

Mr. Kahan frequently writes and speaks on executive compensation and corporate governance issues.  Mr. Kahan has authored or co-authored articles in several publications, including M&A Lawyer, Wall Street Lawyer, Tax Notes, and the Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter and is co-author of the firm’s Compensation Committee Guide.

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