Executive Compensation from CCH Provides Wide-Ranging Treatment

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., April 1, 2004) Ė CCH INCORPORATED (CCH) has published Executive Compensation by Michael S. Melbinger, a definitive treatment of this complex field that explains the law and market factors that apply to all forms of executive compensation and shows how to draft plans and programs that will meet the demands of the marketplace, the desires of executives themselves, the requirements of the law and the interests of diverse entities such as stock exchanges, shareholder organizations and accountants. (810-pages, $145, For more information or to order call 800-248-3246 or visit the CCH Online Store at onlinestore.cch.com.)

Executive Compensation discusses the numerous federal statutes, court decisions, state laws, accounting standards, stock exchange requirements and governmental regulations, and market forces that govern the terms and provisions of executive compensation, including the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. But the focus goes beyond legal compliance.

Readers will gain insight into the effects, advantages, disadvantages, and potential pitfalls of compensation plans and benefit from an analysis of the applicable legal, market and other factors that must be considered when designing, drafting and administering executive compensation programs. This makes Executive Compensation a vital tool for employers, executives and boards of directors, as well as human resources departments, legal counsel, and other executive compensation professionals and advisers.

Wide Range of Topics

Executive Compensation not only details many diverse types of plans, but also considers a wide range of topics related to executive compensation, including situations such as bankruptcy and divorce.

A partial table of contents includes:

  • Executive Employment Agreements
  • Change in Control Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Retention and Compensation of Outside Board Members
  • Stock Options
  • Restricted Stock, Performance Shares and RSUs
  • Phantom Stock and Stock Appreciation Rights
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plans
  • Company Loans to Executives
  • Nonequity-based Incentive Compensation
  • Securities Law Compliance Issues
  • Severance and Retention Benefit Plans
  • Split-Dollar Life Insurance Arrangements
  • Nonqualified Retirement and Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Role of Shareholders and Board of Directors in Executive Compensation
  • Deductibility of Executive Compensation
  • Executive Compensation Litigation
  • Executive Compensation Issues for Multinational Employees
  • Executive Compensation in Bankruptcy
  • Executive Compensation in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Executive Compensation for Tax-Exempt Entities

(For a detailed table of contents in PDF format, click here.)

Over 200 pages of practice tools are provided, including checklists, illustrations and dozens of sample agreements and correspondence that can save hours of drafting time and help practitioners avoid costly mistakes.

About the Author

Michael S. Melbinger is a partner in the international commercial law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, and global head of the firmís Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department. He works exclusively in the area of executive compensation and employee retirement and welfare benefit issues. Melbinger is adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and has spoken extensively on executive compensation and employee benefit issues.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to order the 810-page Executive Compensation, call CCH at 800-248-3246 or visit the CCH Online Store at onlinestore.cch.com. Single copy price is $145 plus applicable shipping, handling and tax. Quantity discounts and school adoption prices are available.


CCH INCORPORATED, headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill., was founded in 1913 and has served more than four generations of business professionals and their clients. CCH is a Wolters Kluwer company. The CCH Federal and State Tax group, CCH Tax Compliance and Aspen Publishers Tax and Accounting group comprise the Tax and Accounting unit. The unitís web site can be accessed at tax.cchgroup.com.

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EDITORSí NOTE: For a complimentary editorial review copy of Executive Compensation, members of the press can contact Leslie Bonacum at 847-267-7153 / mediahelp@cch.com.