Santa Clara University


Valerie H. Diamond
Partner, Baker & McKenzie, LLP

Ms. Diamond is chair of Baker & McKenzie's Global Equity Services Sub Practice Group.  She focuses on the areas of global equity compensation and employee benefits. She assists companies in the design and implementation of international employee stock plans. She provides advice to clients on the tax, securities law and exchange control compliance issues that arise when options, restricted stock or purchase rights are granted to employees working abroad.  Ms. Diamond has also assisted clients in meeting international compliance obligations relating to the repricing of options and option exchange programs, the creation of data privacy waivers, the grant of stock options to expatriates and the issuance of restricted stock.

Ms. Diamond is a frequent speaker on international equity issues. Recent publications on equity topics include an article for The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. entitled "The Global Side of Option Exchange Programs" and Workspan magazine entitled, “Global Plan Design and Compliance Strategies for ESPPs.”

Ms. Diamond is a past Chair of the CEPI Advisory Board (2013) and continues as a member of the Board.

Ms. Diamond has been named a "Leader in the Field" by Chambers USA 2015 and a Northern California Super Lawyer.  She was named to the list of 2013 Women Leaders in Tech Law by the Recorder and was elected by The Daily Journal, a leading publication serving both Northern and Southern California, as one of the state's top women lawyers for 2011 and 2012.

She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and was awarded their individual Achievement award of 2008.

Ms. Diamond received her J.D. in 1993 from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she received the Dean’s Award for highest grade point average in her class and was a Comment’s Editor for USF Law Review.  Ms. Diamond is admitted to practice in California.

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