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Shane Tucker

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Executive Compensation and Benefits


Tucker’s practice area involves a variety of executive compensation and employee benefits matters. A significant portion of Tucker’s practice involves the design of deferred compensation arrangements and equity-based compensation arrangements and he has counseled both employers and executives in various executive compensation matters. Tucker also advises clients in the complex tax matters associated with executive compensation arrangements, including performance-based compensation issues, transactions involving golden parachute payments, deferred compensation plan design, and matters involving transfers of property for services. In addition, Tucker has experience in the design of various forms of retirement plans, welfare plans, and payroll practices, including 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), severance plans, health plans, cafeteria plans, and retention and other bonus arrangements. He has represented clients in the submission of tax qualified retirement plans to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for determination of tax exempt status and resolution of tax qualification issues. Tucker also advises clients on ERISA fiduciary and plan asset matters. He also has experience advising human resources and payroll personnel in the day-to-day administration of compensation arrangements, qualified retirement arrangements, and welfare benefit arrangements. Tucker has extensive experience with executive compensation and employee benefits issues associated with corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and initial public offerings. He also counsels clients with respect to proxy statement disclosure and shareholder approval issues involving equity compensation arrangements and compensatory arrangements for executive officers and directors. He works closely with the firm’s corporate practice group on both transactional matters and securities issues relating to benefits and compensation programs.


Member: Employee Benefits Section, Dallas Bar Association


*University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1999 (Notre Dame Law Review) *University of Nebraska (Lincoln), B.S., 1995 *Admitted to practice: Texas, 1999

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Vinson & Elkins LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation group has ‘the right mix of substantive knowledge, pragmatism and people skills to successfully resolve even the thorniest of legal issues'. ‘Excellent counsellor’ David D’Alessandro heads the team and is advising RSP Permian on its $9.5bn all-stock sale to Concho Resources. In the energy sector, Houston’s Stephen Jacobson handled the benefits arrangements of Talos Energy’s $2.5bn merger with Stone Energy Corporation. Other significant matters saw Houston’s Shane Tucker handling Sailpoint Technologies Holdings’ $240m IPO on the NYSE, and Brian Bloom advising Altagas on its $6.4bn merger with WGL Holdings. Clients singled out Katherine Mull for her ‘great experience and market knowledge’, and also rate associate Gina Hancock as ‘extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and responsive’. Other energy-sector clients include Noble Midstream Partners, Paragon Offshore and Quintana Energy Services. Named partners are based in Dallas unless otherwise stated.

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