Employee incentives & share schemes

Our employee incentives & share schemes practice is led by Partner, Dan Sharman

Our employee incentive & share schemes team advise on all aspects of employee incentive arrangements, from their design and implementation to their ongoing operation.

Employee incentivisation is key for many of our clients, typically involving complex concepts that straddle multiple disciplines. We have expertise in advising on the tax treatment, corporate governance aspects, regulatory aspects and company and employment law issues that arise in the context of the structuring and implementation of incentive arrangements.

We work closely with our corporate colleagues to advise on the impact on share schemes and the employee tax implications of corporate actions, such as mergers and acquisitions and new investments in our high growth clients. We also work closely with our employment colleagues to advise on the tax consequences of terminations, and to design incentive packages for senior hires.

Our clients demand creative and bespoke incentive arrangements and we deliver this by drawing on our technical strength across a wide range of experts.

Dan Sharman heads up the incentive practice at Shoosmiths and is supported by a number of associates with dedicated incentives knowledge and experience. Dan is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group and is also qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor so is particularly well placed to advise on tax-efficient structuring of incentives arrangements.

Recent experience includes:

  • Advising shareholders on the incentives aspects of the sale of Operatix to US-based memoryBlue
  • Assisting various portfolio companies of Octopus Ventures with implementing EMI option schemes
  • Implementing an equity incentive scheme for EVC as part of its £165m capital investment by Denham Capital
  • Advising on the share schemes aspects of Tan Delta plc’s admission to AIM.

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