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Michael Kam

Senior Counsel, New York


Member of the New York State; Southern District New York Bars


Mike is well-established in the executive compensation space and practices in all aspects of executive compensation, including equity and other incentive plans, employment, severance and retention agreements, non-qualified deferred compensation programs and tax. 

Mike has extensive experience in ERISA with a focus on the issues relating to private investment funds, including funds that are treated as holding plan assets and funds that are treated as not holding plan assets. He regularly participates in structuring funds or specific investments so as to comply with the plan assets regulation. 

In addition, Mike is knowledgeable about compensation and other employee benefits, particularly in the context of mergers & acquisitions, financings and business restructurings. He is especially knowledgeable about designing employee retention programs at financially distressed employers.

Professional experience

2014 to date Senior Counsel, Linklaters, New York
1990 - 2014 Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

1981 - 1985 Associate, Carlsmith Ball LLP


1981 George Washington University Law, J.D.
1978 University of Hawaii, B.A.


Co-author Chapter 13, “Pension Trustees and Regulators”, The Law and Practice of Restructuring in the UK and US, 2011
Author Chapter 4, “Named Fiduciaries”, ERISA Fiduciary Law, Second Edition, 2011 Cumulative Supplement, 2012

Professional offices

Co-chair, Tax Committee, Asian American Bar Association of New York.
Co-vice chair, Entrepreneurship, ACE/NY.