Ben Rosemergy, Chair of the Chicago Tax Department, advises clients on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions.

Mr. Rosemergy advises private equity funds and public and private companies on a full spectrum of transactions, including:

  • Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures
  • Mergers
  • Add-on and carve-out transactions
  • Bankruptcy-related transactions
  • Joint venture formation and termination
  • Spin-offs and large equity investments

He regularly devises innovative solutions for funds, companies, executives, and management teams in:

  • Executive complex compensation matters
  • Equity-based compensation arrangements
  • Incentive compensation arrangements
  • Nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements
  • Drafting and negotiating employment, severance, retention, and change-in-control agreements

He draws on significant experience with the tax laws that govern executive compensation arrangements, including Internal Revenue Code sections 409A and 280G.

Best Lawyers in America recognized Mr. Rosemergy in its 2020 and 2021 editions for Employee Benefits (ERISA) matters.

He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Council for Health Justice, which works with Illinois communities to overcome barriers to accessing medical and social services (formerly the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago).

Mr. Rosemergy’s representative experience includes:

  • Negotiating transaction documents (such as merger and purchase agreements) and financing agreements
  • Analyzing the treatment of equity compensation and other executive arrangements
  • Advising on the treatment of broad-based employee benefit plans and assisting with transition issues

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois


  • JD, University of Missouri School of Law, 2004
  • BA, University of Missouri, 2001