Employee Share Schemes

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We offer comprehensive advice on the drafting, establishment, operation and ongoing administration of share option and incentive arrangements for the UK management and wider UK workforce of companies of all sizes from start ups looking to use EMI options to recruit and retain employees, through larger businesses looking towards flotation or sale, to fully listed PLCs and multi-nationals.

We draft scheme documentation for both HMRC tax advantaged schemes ( SAYE SchemesCSOP plansShare Incentive Plans and EMI options ) and unapproved option arrangements (including LTIPs, jointly owned equity and unapproved options) which may better suit the commercial needs of a particular company.

Many organisations use an employees’ share trust either as a standalone vehicle to hold shares for employees, or as part of wider share option and incentive arrangements. We can provide advice on the drafting and establishment of such trusts, including such matters as where the trust should be based (UK or offshore) and choice of trustees.

We are also happy to advise trustees or other third parties who are involved in the administration and operation of share schemes.

Please contact us for an initial no obligation discussion.