Understanding share-based incentives for employment lawyers

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
London (National)
Venue Address:
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG
David Baxter and Ruth Buchanan, Ashurst LLP, Alasdair Friend, Abbiss Cadres LLP,
Event Type:
1.30pm for 2.00pm start to 5.00pm
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Early Bird Fee until 14 August 2017: £112 + VAT        Fee from 15 August 2017: £140 + VAT
There is a 50% voluntary sector discount or a 30% out of region discount on the full fee, with no booking deadline.

Share-based incentives can be a significant part of the employment package, all the way from start-ups to large PLCs. While the technical detail can be left to specialists, it is important that employment lawyers have an understanding of how these arrangements operate and the red flag issues to be aware of. This session will guide you through the key points you need to know, including:

  • how share-based incentives are typically structured, both in private and listed companies;
  • the additional corporate governance and statutory considerations for quoted companies;
  • how to deal with incentive awards when "hiring and firing";
  • making the right disclosures; and
  • trends in the market on incentive plan design.


From 1.30pm    

SMEs and UK start-ups and some of the international angles of incentive plans  
Alasdair Friend, Abbiss Cadres LLP

  • The purpose behind share-based incentives
  • Key design considerations for share plans – who benefits, when and how much?
  • Introduction to tax on share plans
  • Overview of commonly used types of share plan
  • Particular issues for SMEs
    • How do employees realise value
    • Share valuation
    • What to do with leavers
  • International issues
    • Consistency or efficiency
    • Effective implementation


Issues for PLCs and market trends
David Baxter and Ruth Buchanan, Ashurst LLP

  • Corporate governance issues for listed/quoted companies adopting share plans
  • Appointment of a listed company director
  • Termination of a listed company director
  • Trends in the market

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