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Our team can assist you across all areas of employee share schemes and equity incentives, including:
Non HMRC tax advantaged share options provide an effective way for employers to encourage and reward loyal and hardworking employees by offering equity in their company. Under this arrangement, employees have the option to purchase shares in the future at a price defined by the company.
These types of share option arrangements can be offered to members of staff who are not eligible for tax-advantaged (approved) options plans; including overseas staff, or consultants.
We can work alongside you to determine if a non-HMRC tax advantaged arrangement is right for you and help with structuring, set up and ongoing administration, helping to ensure you attract the most effective tax benefits.
Ordinary and preferred shares via sale or gift
We can re-structure your company so you can make awards of ordinary or preferred shares to employees and advise on dilution, share classes and special rights for shareholders such as voting and dividend rights
These arrangements work well for early-stage and growing businesses, but the conditions that apply and issues relating to company valuation need to be carefully managed. We can review your company’s suitability for a growth/hurdle share arrangement, draft the growth/hurdle share subscription agreements, assist with company valuation and make the required amendments to your company’s constitution
Share options and restricted stock units
These arrangements don’t require HMRC clearance or company valuation, and the paperwork can be more straightforward. Our expert team can advise whether a non-tax advantaged share option or RSU arrangement is right for you and support you through the implementation process.
Where your company is intending to offer employees options or shares in the company, our multi-disciplinary team can advise on the tax, employment law, company law, prospectus laws, financial services laws and data protection aspects of such arrangements, and draft all the necessary documents. We also have considerable expertise advising executives on directors’ remuneration and other corporate governance issues, critical considerations when implementing an employee share scheme.
Our expert lawyers can provide advice on the potential impact on founders and investors.
Listed companies and large private companies normally have employee share schemes for staff. Similar, but appropriately designed alternative arrangements are also commonly used in smaller companies, including seed and early-stage companies. High-growth companies tell us that finding and retaining top talent when a business is scaling is one of the key risk areas, and balancing the needs of founders, investors and employees while managing cashflow and protecting working capital is crucial, particularly when considering an employee share schemes.
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