LONDON - Global law firm Reed Smith is pleased to announce that EME managing partner Tamara Box has been named in Financial News’ Fifty Most Influential Lawyers list 2022. The prestigious list recognises Europe’s 50 most influential individuals working in the legal industry.

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Box is an internationally recognised expert in strategic financial advice, management and team building, with more than 30 years of experience establishing and growing successful professional services businesses across several jurisdictions.

Box is Reed Smith’s Europe and Middle East managing partner and a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team, which is made up of six senior lawyers who run the firm globally. She has been instrumental in the firm’s ongoing growth and development. She played a vital role in steering the firm to its best financial performance in its 145 year history, with revenues of over $1.4bn in 2021. Box also led the opening of its most recent office in Brussels in 2021 and was integral in the establishment of its Independent Strategic Advisory Board, which is the first external advisory board of any major law firm.

On top of her management roles, Box is a very highly regarded practitioner. In the last year, she worked with her team to advise on the first commercial real estate collateralised loan obligation in Europe - a £219m equivalent dual currency transaction that is expected to start a wave of similar deals across the continent. In the last year, Tamara also advised on $2bn+ non-performing shipping loan acquisitions for a number of leading global private equity and special situations teams.

Box is a leading lawyer in Reed Smith’s global structured finance team, which has grown significantly under her guidance, with a current headcount of more than 60 lawyers. She is renowned for mentoring junior talent and bringing them up through the ranks of the firm, with more than 10 of her team having made partner over the last ten years.

Her practice focuses on advising arrangers, dealers, issuers and trustees in connection with a wide range of debt instruments (securitisations, project bonds, high yield, convertible and exchangeable bonds and islamic bonds/sukuk), the establishment of debt programmes, liability management, distressed and portfolio debt acquisitions and private placements. She also regularly advises on structured debt restructurings and workouts. She is dual qualified in England and New York.

Beyond the law, Box is a passionate advocate for gender equality. She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, a group of Chairmen and CEOs dedicated to increasing the gender balance of corporate boards and the executive pipeline. She is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organisation of the world’s most successful women business leaders, and of Women Corporate Directors.