Christian Hancey is a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. He focuses on designing, reviewing and implementing a wide range of benefit and compensation programs structured to suit businesses and nonprofit organizations.
I counsel employers on all types of traditional benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, multiemployer plans, medical benefit plans, cafeteria plans, disability plans and other benefit plans.
Working with employers and administrative committees, I regularly advise on the fiduciary oversight of ERISA plans, including retirement plan investments, appropriate plan expenses and claims for benefits and other plan administration issues.
I have substantial experience with executive compensation issues. For example, I draft stock-based compensation plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, severance plans, and change-in-control agreements.
I am actively involved in the firm’s transactional practice, working with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition, as well as ERISA issues arising when investing in and structuring private equity and similar investments.
I also have significant experience advising employers on IRS and Department of Labor audits and enforcement action.
Regulatory reforms will continue to change the design and operation of retirement plans and group health plans. Employers will continue to seek more sophisticated techniques to enhance the value of employee benefit programs and better incentivize employees, including deferred compensation and equity incentive strategies.
This article covering Trinity Hunt Partners’ majority investment in life sciences digital marketing agency Supreme Optimization mentions Los Angeles Corporate partner Mike Lawhead for leading the NP team representing Supreme in the transaction. The NP team also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester, Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles, and Andrew Share of Manchester; San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight; Corporate associates Brian Kenney from Washington, DC and Jacalyn Smith from Chicago; and Los Angeles senior paralegal Mina Gonzaque-Taylor and Chicago paralegal Astrid McGruder, both of the Corporate practice.
This article covering Trinity Hunt Partners’ majority investment in life sciences digital marketing agency Supreme Optimization mentions NP for serving as Supreme’s legal advisor in the deal. Los Angeles Corporate partner Michael Lawhead led the NP deal team, which also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester, Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles, and Andrew Share of Manchester; San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight; Corporate associates Jacalyn Smith of Chicago and Brian Kenney of Washington, DC; and Los Angeles senior paralegal Mina Gonzaque-Taylor and Chicago paralegal Astrid McGruder, both of the Corporate practice.
This article covering S&P Global Mobility’s purchase of automotive pricing and incentive intelligence company Market Scan, mentions NP for advising Market Scan in the sale. The NP deal team was led by San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea, leader of the firm’s West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital team. The team also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester and Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles; San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Ian O’Banion and Alison Torbitt; Corporate counsels Michael Fitzpatrick of Boston and Matthew Goedert of San Francisco; Washington, DC Complex Disputes counsel Brian Whittaker; Rochester Cybersecurity & Privacy counsel Jenny Holmes; Corporate associates Robert Pethick of Boston and Brian Kenney of Washington, DC; and Washington, DC Construction & Real Estate Litigation associate Martha Medina.
Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Christian is a Board member of the Center for Youth. He is also a member of the Monroe County, New York State, and American bar associations (Section of Labor and Employment Law).
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