Christine Osvald-Mruz Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2440 | F 973.597.2441



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 that facilitate connections among professional women.

Representative Engagements

Compensation and Benefits Matters
  • Provided benefits and compensation representation in the following recent transactions:
    • Buddy Media in its $745 million sale to salesforce.com
    • NextWave Wireless in its sale to AT&T
    • LiftDNA in its sale to Open X Software
    • WorldOne in its acquisition of Sermo, Inc.
    • Revolution Lighting in its acquisition of Seesmart Technologies
    • Princeton Pharma Holdings and its subsidiary Aton Pharma in their $318 million sale to Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • Structured, negotiated and drafted settlement and release with chief executive officer of a private company, including 409A analysis
  • Regularly provide 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 companies as well as 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 partnership agreement
  • Drafted and negotiated operating agreements for a number of real estate joint ventures
  • Drafted law firm limited liability partnership agreement in connection with a restructuring

Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers (2014 – 2016) – Recognized in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation section.

Publications

Five Thoughts For Job-Changing CFOs
CFO, March 30, 2016
Christine Osvald-Mruz, Christopher Loeber
SEC Issues Proposed Clawback Rules for Incentive-Based Compensation
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Alert, July 20, 2015
Christine Osvald-Mruz, Andrew Graw
How to Avoid Personal Tax Woes
CFO.com, September 9, 2013
Christine Osvald-Mruz
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Press Mentions

Lowenstein Sandler represented The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, in its acquisition of By Kilian, a Paris-based prestige fragrance brand. The acquisition creates a strategic opportunity for Estée Lauder to enhance its leadership in the ultra-luxury fragrance market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Led by partner Marita Makinen, the Lowenstein deal team includes Annie Nazarian Davydov, Kim Donnelly Rowe, Matt Savare, David Toma, Darren Goodman, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Megan Monson, Michael Walutes, Lesley AdamoMarc Lomasky and Manali Joglekar. , February 25, 2016
Lowenstein Sandler is representing long-time client, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, in the proposed acquisition of a Decatur, Alabama manufacturing facility from BP Amoco Chemical Company. The definitive purchase agreement for the 1,000-acre, 450-employee facility was signed on January 6, 2016. The acquisition of the Decatur facility is the sixth investment in North America in which Lowenstein represented Indorama and the second in the past year. In 2007, Lowenstein represented Indorama in acquiring the land rights and raw material supply agreement from BP to build its AlphaPet plant, which is co-located at the Decatur site. The Lowenstein team was led by partner Nicholas San Filippo IV, and included Nicholas Mehler, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Brian Silikovitz, Norman Spindel, Stuart Yusem, Samiul Khan, Ethan Skerry, Lesley Pruzansky Adamo, Eugene Cheval, Robert Bee, and Meredith Jewitt. , January 6, 2016
Lowenstein Sandler is representing The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in its investment in Have & Be Co. Ltd., the South Korean company behind skin care brands Dr. Jart+ and Do The Right Thing. The investment is anticipated to create a strategic opportunity to develop a partnership with one of Korea’s most promising high-growth skin care brands. Terms of the investment have not been disclosed and the deal is expected to close in December. The Lowenstein deal team included Marita Makinen, Jonathan Goodman, Randy Dorf, Kimberly Donnelly Rowe, David Lifshitz, Marc Lomasky, Brandon Greenblatt, Matt Savare, Darren Goodman, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Michael WalutesLesley Adamo and Amiad Kushner. , October 26, 2015
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Related Areas

Corporate
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Employment Counseling & Litigation
Fiduciary Counseling & Litigation
Investment Management
Real Estate

Education


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

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations