Employee share schemes and incentives

Overview

Our specialists in employee share schemes and incentive advise on the full range of employee incentive schemes. We assist on the design, implementation, roll-out and operation of schemes. We cover taxation, company law and regulation, including in particular the Financial Conduct Authority’s Remuneration Code, for clients that include large international listed companies, established private companies, private-equity-owned businesses, start-up ventures, senior executives and trustees.

Much of our work is international and we are experienced in working on incentive arrangements and option schemes outside the UK. We have close relationships with the leading independent law firms in overseas jurisdictions with whom we work on the non-UK aspects of such matters.

We frequently advise on the share scheme aspects of corporate transactions, notably the effects of transactions on existing schemes and the way in which transactions can best be structured to deal with those effects efficiently, drafting communications and helping with new incentive schemes that may be required post-transaction.

We have a particular expertise in the structuring of equity based incentive plans. With many different structures available, we work with our clients to ensure the most appropriate one is chosen. Simple ordinary share equity plans will be suitable for some cases, and more bespoke arrangements (such as growth-in-value shares and/or joint ownership arrangements) in others.

Recognition

  • “Recommended for its full-service approach to issues… Their approach to issues is different from most firms. They bring employee benefits, pensions expertise, tax and share schemes into it.”

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Clients say: "Their approach to issues is different from most firms. They bring employee benefits, pensions expertise, tax and share schemes into it."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "'There is an appreciation of our nuances and of what we, as a company, can and cannot do - so it is a tailored service'."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "In-depth knowledge of the financial sector and the regulatory issues that affect remuneration planning. Combines an active transactional presence with a strong standalone advisory practice. Problem solving: 'They provide us with positive, solution-oriented, pragmatic advice'."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • "This firm is described as 'nimble' with the ability to adapt to clients' needs... Sources 'appreciate that they're responsive and always know what they're talking about'."

    Chambers UK 2013