For nearly 20 years, Nicole Stanger has helped domestic and foreign enterprises and their executives maximize compensation-related tax benefits. Although she primarily focuses her practice on the income and payroll tax treatment of executive compensation arrangements, including omnibus equity incentive plans, long-term performance plans, deferred compensation plans, and fringe benefits and perquisites, she also regularly advises clients with the administration and compliance of qualified retirement plans under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA and cross-border compensation issues. Each year, Nicole works with M&A teams Firmwide on multiple private and public company transactions regarding the golden parachute payment tax implications of executive compensation arrangements, including the preparation of quantitative analyses involving the calculation and payment of such tax.
Nicole's recent transactions include Reynolds American's $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard and its acquisition by British American Tobacco Plc at a value exceeding $90 billion; Sherwin-Williams' $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation; and Exelis' acquisition by Harris Corporation for $4.8 billion.
Prior to joining the Firm, Nicole practiced in Pennsylvania as a licensed certified public accountant during which time she handled a wide range of financial reporting and federal and state income tax matters, including advising clients during audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.
- The University of Akron (J.D. magna cum laude 1998; Editor, Law Review and Akron Tax Journal; M. Tax. 1998); Pennsylvania State University (B.S. with highest distinction 1991)