Our employee share incentive lawyers work exclusively on employee share plans for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to FTSE 100 companies. We work closely with the firm’s experts in employment, pensions, corporate and tax.
We support clients in introducing employee share schemes to:
encourage employees to take a longer-term view of their relationship with the business;
align employee interests with those of owners;
attract talented individuals to join the business and incentivise them to contribute to its success; and
allow both employers and employees to receive tax benefits.
Our expertise covers every stage in the lifecycle of a plan, from design and implementation to administration and evolution:
scheme design and initial implementation;
ongoing operation of share schemes including grants, vestings and the treatment of leavers;
expanding plans to include overseas employees and advising overseas companies on implementing share plans in the UK;
tax advice on employee share acquisitions from both an employee and employer perspective, including share scheme compliance;
evolution of share plans to ensure they remain fit for purpose;
executive compensation and corporate governance advice, including Remuneration Committee support;
advice on shareholder engagement; and
assistance with the impact of corporate transactions such as a change of control, asset sale or IPO.
For more information on how our employee share incentive lawyers can assist you, please get in touch.