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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Christine Osvald-Mruz

Christine Osvald-Mruz

Partner

Expertise

  • Corporate
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment
  • Blockchain Technology & Digital Assets

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

ABA Group
Member

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.

Profile

Chris focuses her practice on executive compensation and employee benefits. In addition, she handles an array of limited liability company, partnership, and joint venture matters. Across her practice, Chris helps clients design, negotiate, and formalize ways of sharing in the value of a business.

Clients describe Chris as "incredibly responsive and thoughtful;” an attorney who “understands the need to collaborate and the value of continually helping to move things forward" (Chambers USA). Versatile and pragmatic in her approach, Chris asks incisive questions that enable her to assess the key issues and tailor the response to each client's particular needs.

Chris' work at Lowenstein Sandler includes equity compensation plans and incentives, phantom equity, bonus plans, executive employment agreements, and severance and change-in-control agreements. She advises on the compensation and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other complex corporate transactions. She also navigates clients through complex tax rules, particularly Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

In the limited liability company area, Chris addresses relationships among owners, including economic rights as well as management and governance. Her projects include structuring operating companies to which owners may contribute capital, property, or services, and negotiating joint ventures. In constructing profit interest plans, Chris combines her experience in LLCs with her experience in executive compensation.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D. 1995)
Princeton University (A.B. 1992), magna cum laude
Areas of Practice

Blockchain Technology & Digital Assets | Corporate | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Employment | Employment Counseling & Litigation | Employment Law | Fiduciary Counseling & Litigation | Investment Management | Real Estate | Technology Transfer | The Tech Group

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Compensation and Benefits Matters

Represented Buddy Media in its $745 million sale to Salesforce.com.

Represented NextWave Wireless in its sale to AT&T.

Represented LiftDNA in its sale to Open X Software.

Represented WorldOne in its acquisition of Sermo Inc.

Represented Revolution Lighting in its acquisition of Seesmart Technologies.

Represented Princeton Pharma Holdings and its subsidiary Aton Pharma in their $318 million sale to Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Structured, negotiated, and drafted settlement and release with the chief executive officer of a private company, including 409A analysis.

Regularly provides advice on management incentives, including structuring and drafting equity incentive plans, phantom stock plans, bonus arrangements, change-in-control agreements, and severance agreements for private and public companies.

Drafted and negotiated executive employment agreements for senior executives of a private company.

Partnership and LLC Matters

Represented J.H. Cohn in its combination with Reznick; drafted and negotiated a partnership agreement.

Drafted and negotiated operating agreements for a number of real estate joint ventures.

Drafted a law firm limited liability partnership agreement in connection with a restructuring.

Speaking Engagements

Lowenstein Sandler is committed to the health and well-being of our clients, colleagues, and guests. With this commitment in mind, and due to the increasing spread of and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, these panels have been postponed. 

Thank you very much for your interest in the program. We look forward to contacting you soon with new dates in both our New York City and New Jersey offices, and we wish you the best of health and well-being.

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March 11, 2020 - New York, NY: Register Here
Lowenstein Sandler, 1251 Sixth Ave, 17th floor, New York, NY 10020

March 17, 2020 - Roseland, NJ: Register Here
Lowenstein Sandler, One Lowenstein Drive, Roseland, NJ 07068

Join us on for a discussion on current topics in the practice of employee benefits and executive compensation. We will address:

  • Serving as a Fiduciary: What it means and how to manage risk and limit liability
  • Executive Compensation: Hot issues and current trends
  • Deferred Compensation: Making a comeback in a tight labor market 

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Program 

 



Professional Associations

Princeton Alumni Schools Committee


Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers (2014-2020) - Christine Osvald-Mruz

Articles

COVID-19: Focus on Executive Compensation
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business community is unprecedented. Every company and executive is questioning the effects the disease will have on their business, employees, customers, and local and global economies. While it is still too early to know the long-term ramifications of the disease, the more immediate implications for businesses are already evident, including a lockdown of large swaths of the U.S...

Deferred Compensation Considerations in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, both employers and employees are faced with liquidity issues, furloughs, layoffs, and the reduction of hours. In order to conserve cash, employers may be looking for ways to delay payments of deferred compensation and employees may be looking for ways to accelerate the payments of deferred compensation...

Key Tax and Employee Benefits Provisions of the CARES Act
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, March 2020

On March 27, the United States House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the “Act”), and the President signed it into law. This alert summarizes key tax and employee benefits provisions of the Act.  Payments to Individuals The Act calls for the Department of the Treasury to make cash payments to eligible individuals as rapidly as possible...

Additional Articles

While stock options may be the typical “go-to” form of employee incentive, a company may have reason to seek alternatives. Many employers provide employees with equity-based compensation such as stock options or restricted shares, but often employees are not receiving the value these incentives were intended to provide. In other cases, a company may want to avoid granting actual equity or supplement equity awards with additional incentives. For any of these reasons, employers should consider new approaches to help retain employees and reward performance.


Generally, employees only see benefits from stock-based compensation when their companies go public or are sold. Many employees, however, never exercise stock options, a February report by Schwab Stock Plan Services noted. Only half of stock compensation program participants were confident about making the right decisions about their plan, Schwab found. Employers’ concerns about whether employees value stock options could be a reason that their use has declined in recent years, according to a 2017 report from FW Cook.


This article first appeared in Law360 on October 29, 2018. (subscription required to access article)


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