Christopher Buch is a Chicago business attorney with a multi-disciplinary practice that focuses on a variety of executive compensation, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and employee benefits matters. He leverages a seasoned perspective to clients’ business challenges and the development of business strategies.
Chris routinely represents Fortune 500 companies, publicly traded companies, executives, and most often, private corporations and closely held entities.
Chris’ practice centers on executive compensation and employee benefit issues, helping clients design and draft compensation and equity arrangements, negotiate employment agreements, comply with tax laws related to compensation and benefits, evaluate mergers and acquisitions and establish and maintain qualified plans and health and welfare arrangements. Chris also helps clients respond to Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service investigations, negotiate agreements with benefit plan vendors, comply with fiduciary rules applicable to employee benefit plans, navigate prohibited transaction rules and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In addition, a significant portion of Chris’ practice focuses on ESOPs, representing plan sponsors, ESOP trustees, selling shareholders, ESOP committees, lending institutions and other fiduciaries in connection compliance matters and with the use of ESOPs and ESOP strategies in numerous types of transactions including ownership succession transactions, going-private transactions, management buyouts, corporate conversions, releveragings, ESOP company sales and transactions involving private equity.
Chris regularly writes for national publications and speaks at national conferences on ESOP, executive compensation and employee benefits matters.