Jeff Bauer
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 8000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6448
312-460-5252

Jeff is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he is a member of its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group and co-leads the firm’s Fiduciary Governance and Institutional Investor group.

A substantial portion of Jeff’s practice is devoted to advising investment fiduciaries regarding the management of plan assets subject to ERISA. Jeff also routinely advises on all aspects of employee benefits, including tax qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, equity and synthetic equity programs, performance-based compensation, and health and welfare programs. Jeff has a nuanced understanding of the federal laws governing traditional and hybrid defined benefit pension plans and defined contribution plans, and has successfully represented employers, plan administrators, and other fiduciaries before the IRS, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, on a wide variety of matters for both ongoing and terminated plans. 

In addition, Jeff also leads Seyfarth’s ESOP practice for which he draws on his complementary background as a certified public accountant (FL). Jeff regularly represents employers, shareholders, lenders and trustees in negotiating the purchase and sale of employer securities and addressing the unique issues faced by both new and mature ESOP companies alike. Jeff can be reached by phone at 312-460-5252 or by email at jbauer@seyfarth.com