Global Benefits and Compensation Partner Joins Reed Smith

New Partner in Firmwide Tax, Benefits & Wealth Planning Group

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(March 14, 2008, San Francisco, CA) – LAWFUEL – Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, today announced the addition of Craig P. Tanner to its firmwide Tax, Benefits & Wealth Planning Group. He is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on global compensation and human resources matters for multinational corporations.

“Craig is among the pioneers in the global compensation field,” said John Martini, Head of Reed Smith’s Tax Benefits and Wealth Planning Group. “His significant experience in the global compensation field is ideally suited to meet the needs of our expanding global client base with operations in numerous countries, at a time when demand for expertise in this area is definitely increasing.”

On global compensation matters, Mr. Tanner works with clients on the design and implementation of equity-based compensation programs, including options, purchase rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, and stock appreciation rights, as well as salary and cash bonus programs. He regularly advises on the tax, securities, employment, currency exchange, and communications issues that the companies encounter when offering these programs to employees, directors, and consultants throughout the world. He also advises clients on U.S. and cross-border compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.

On human resources matters, Mr. Tanner advises companies on a wide variety of issues including codes of conduct, data privacy, employment agreements, entitlements, leaves of absence, reductions in force, and works councils. These human resources matters typically involve transferring employees, cross-border employees, contingent workers, and consultants.

“The opportunity to play a key role in further developing a top tier global compensation practice comes along once in a lifetime,” said Mr. Tanner. “As Reed Smith expands into major markets worldwide, providing this kind of support and helping its clients ensure their compensation programs and related resources are competitive in the global economy is going to add tremendous value.”

Mr. Tanner began his career as a litigator before transitioning his practice to the
global compensation field. He was a member of the team at Baker & McKenzie in
San Francisco that launched one of the first global compensation practices in the nation. Prior to joining Reed Smith, he was a partner in the Corporate and Securities practice group at DLA Piper.

“Craig is a well-respected leader in the executive compensation field,” said
David A. Thompson, Reed Smith’s San Francisco Managing Partner. “He is another great addition to the exceptional team we have in the Bay Area.”
Mr. Tanner earned his JD from the University of San Francisco in 1993, and his BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1988. He is a member of National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), the Global Equity Organization (GEO), WorldAtWork, and the Bay Area Compensation Association (BACA). Mr. Tanner has published and presented widely on topics related to global compensation and human resources issues.
He is the second attorney to join Reed Smith’s firmwide Tax, Benefits and Wealth Planning Group this month. Angelo Ciavarella, a federal income tax specialist, joined the firm’s New York office on March 3.
About Reed Smith
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