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Shane M. Tucker
Shane M. Tucker
Partner — Executive Compensation & Benefits
Partner — Executive Compensation & Benefits

Shane M. Tucker

Shane M. Tucker
Dallas

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201

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Shane M. Tucker

Shane advises employers, executives and management teams on the tax and securities law implications of compensatory arrangements for a range of clients, with a special emphasis on private equity sponsored work and the complex tax issues associated with golden parachute payments and transfers of property for services. He also guides boards of directors and compensation committees on executive compensation matters, and assists public and private partnerships, corporations and REITs in designing, drafting and implementing severance and retention plans and equity-based compensation arrangements.

Working closely with the firm’s corporate practice group, Shane advises clients involved in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and initial public offerings, including target company management teams, on their post-transaction compensatory and benefits packages. From a corporate governance standpoint, he counsels clients with respect to proxy statement disclosure, shareholder approval issues involving equity compensation arrangements, and other compensation-related matters.

Shane also advises clients on the design and administration of retirement plans, welfare plans, and payroll practices.

Experience Highlights

  • Crestview Partners in its investment in Upwell Water, a water-focused specialty finance company

  • Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. in its $143 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Spredfast, a leading provider of social media management software and solutions, in the merger with Lithium Technologies via its private equity sponsor, Vista Equity Partners 

  • SemGroup Corporation in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, one of the largest oil terminals in the U.S., from Alinda Capital Partners

  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy

  • Holly Corporation in the $7 billion merger with Frontier Oil Corporation, creating one of the largest independent refiners in the United States

  • Inergy and Inergy Midstream in an $8 billion multi-step combination transaction with Crestwood Midstream Partners  and Crestwood Holdings 

  • Southwest Airlines in its $3.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Holdings

  • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on executive compensation and employee benefit aspects in connection with its $70 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units

  • Dell in its $3.9 billion public tender offer and acquisition of Perot Systems Corporation, an information technology company

  • The Carlyle Group in the acquisition of the North American power generation assets of Cogentrix Energy, including five coal and solar power projects and a development pipeline of gas and renewable projects, from The Goldman Sachs Group

  • Riverstone Holdings in the $1.275 billion sale of Dynamic Offshore Resources to SandRidge Energy

Credentials

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1999 (Notre Dame Law Review)
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln), B.S., 1995
  • Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (Transactional), 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Employee Benefits Law, 2010–2021
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2005 and 2006, 2008–2012
  • Member: Employee Benefits Section, Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas
  • “Compensation Trends in the REIT Industry,” REIT Series, V&E New York Office, July 19, 2018 (panelist)
  • “How to Design the Right Performance-Based Incentive Plan for Your Organization,” WorldatWork 2018 Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition, May 22, 2018 (panelist)
  • “The New Employment Deal: Drafting Practical Protections that Benefit Both Shareholders and Executives,” Equilar Compensation Committee Forum, March 20, 2018 (panelist)
  • “Impact of Proposed Financial Institution Incentive-Based Compensation Rules on Private Equity Firms,” V&E Executive Compensation E-communication, September 13, 2016 (co-author)
  • “Developments in the Sun Capital Case: Implications for ERISA Withdrawal Liability and Beyond,” and “New Partnership Tax Audit Rules,” Private Equity Growth Capital Council’s Chief Compliance Officers Working Group Meeting, San Francisco, California, May 4, 2016
  • “Executive Compensation Update – The Latest in IRS and SEC Guidance,” ACC Dallas – Fort Worth Chapter Annual In-House Symposium, Dallas, Texas, May 5, 2016
  • “Thoughts for Officers and Directors of E&P Companies and MLPs in 2016,” V&E website, January 19, 2016 (co-author)
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Equity Compensation Plans (Part II),” National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) Houston Chapter Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 27, 2014
  • Deferred Compensation for the Employees of Tax Indifferent Private Equity Funds,” Houston and Business Tax Law Journal, Volume X, Issue 2, 2010