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    • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
    • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christopher Buch is a Chicago business attorney with a multi-disciplinary practice that focuses on a variety of executive compensation, employee benefits and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) 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, establish and maintain qualified plans and health and welfare arrangements, comply with tax laws related to compensation and benefits and evaluate mergers and acquisitions. Chris also helps clients comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), 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 and navigate prohibited transaction rules.

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 with both ESOP transactions and ongoing ESOP compliance.

Chris regularly writes and speaks at national conferences on ESOP, employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

  • Represented company in connection with the sale of 30% of its shares to an ESOP for approximately $380 million.
  • Represented ESOP trustee in connection with the purchase of 30% of a company for approximately $300 million.
  • Represented company in connection with the sale of 100% of its stock to an ESOP whereby the company’s 401(k) plan participants were able to invest in the purchase through a rollover of a portion of their 401(k) plan assets.
  • Acted as special ESOP counsel to a North American security integrator in connection with its sale to a strategic investor for approximately $275 million.
  • Represented electrical company in connection with the sale of 100% of its stock to an ESOP for approximately $160 million.
  • Represented an information technology services company owned by an ESOP in connection with the sale of 100% of its capital stock to a private equity firm for approximately $50 million.
  • Represented ESOP trustee in connection with the ESOP formation and subsequent sale of an ice cream cone and wafer manufacturer to a strategic purchaser, which was also an ESOP-owned company.
  • Represented ESOP company in connection with its sale to a private equity firm for approximately $325 million.
  • Represented a consortium of equity investors with respect to benefits and compensation matters in connection with the purchase of a New York energy provider.
  • Represented a specialized freight forwarded with respect to its benefits and compensation matters in connection with a sale to a private equity investor.
  • Represented a global business payments company with respect to benefits and compensation matters in connection with its purchase of an entity specializing in airline lodging programs.
  • Represented fintech company with respect to benefits and compensation matters in connection with its sale to an end-to-end payment processing solutions provider. 
  • Advised private company in connection with the termination of its defined benefit plan and the annuitization and distribution of participant accounts.
  • Served as ESOP subject matter expert in connection with the dismissal of a claim for equitable relief against the board of directors of an ESOP company and the shareholders that sold their stock to the ESOP.
  • Represented numerous lenders in connection with various financing ESOP transactions.
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Co-Author
August 24, 2020
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July 22, 2020
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Featured, Law360
July 16, 2020
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Mentioned, Kansas City Business Journal
July 15, 2020
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Mentioned, The International Comparative Legal Guides
July 13, 2020
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Mentioned, Bloomberg Law
July 10, 2020
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Mentioned, The American Lawyer
July 9, 2020
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What Do ESOP Company Boards Do and Who Should Be On Them?
Speaker, National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) Annual Conference
April 22-24, 2020
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Author, Lexis Advance
April 1, 2020
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Corporate Compliance Answer Book, Executive Compensation
Chapter Co-Authors, Practicing Law Institute, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 Editions
Jan 01, 2020