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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Fritz Richter, III

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Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX

Fritz Richter, III

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX

Fritz Richter has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on employee benefit plan design and administration, and compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His clients span a wide range of industries, including the healthcare, retail and hospitality. Fritz has helped clients navigate hundreds of audits; submitted numerous IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) filings; and crafted a wide variety of employee benefit plan documents – all focused on helping employers navigate complex government regulation.

Fritz Richter has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on employee benefit plan design and administration, and compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His clients span a wide range of industries, including the healthcare, retail and hospitality. Fritz has helped clients navigate hundreds of audits; submitted numerous IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) filings; and crafted a wide variety of employee benefit plan documents – all focused on helping employers navigate complex government regulation.

With a foundation in the IRS's Employee Plans and Chief Counsel's Offices in Washington, D.C., Fritz has developed a broad employee benefits and executive compensation practice focused on advising clients on the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements, including:

  • 401(k) plans
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP)
  • 403(b) annuities
  • 457 plans
  • Profit-sharing plans
  • Pension plans (including cash balance plans)
  • Nonqualified plans and arrangements (including Section 409A analysis, supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), equity-based plans, change in control agreements, rabbi trusts and split-dollar arrangements)
  • Governmental plans
  • Employee stock purchase plans
  • Multiemployer and other collectively bargained plans
  • Health and other welfare plans (including Affordable Care Act (ACA), COBRA and HIPAA issues)
  • Cafeteria plans (including health and dependent care flexible spending accounts)
  • Health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs)

Fritz advises clients on a wide variety of related matters such as ACA issues, ERISA litigation and fiduciary responsibility issues. He also works closely with the firm’s corporate attorneys on employee benefits matters in the context of mergers and acquisitions and on executive compensation arrangements.

Prior to joining the firm, Fritz was with the Employee Plans Division, Office of the Assistant Commissioner (Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations), Internal Revenue Service, and served as Chief Counsel of Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations) Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, Fritz was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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Memberships

American Bar Association — Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Fiduciary Responsibility/Plan Investments Subcommittee, Co-Vice Chair

Gulf Coast Area IRS Tax Exempt Organizations/Governmental Entities Council — Member, Board of Directors and Secretary

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel — Fellow

Southern Employee Benefits Conference

Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

ESOP Association

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Best Lawyers in America® — Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2008-2017)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008 and 2012-2015)

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel — Fellow

Wake Forest Law Review — Member (1978-1980)

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