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 say that Chris "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.
Lending consistent support to women professionals, Chris co-chairs STRIDES–Advancing Women in Business, a firm-sponsored initiative that hosts high-quality events to facilitate connections among professional women.