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Recent experience

  • Acting for a number of UK listed multinationals in relation to their global share plans, including co-ordinating overseas advice and assisting with implementation of local tax-approved plans

  • Providing strategic advice to smaller, fast growing companies on the incentives best suited to their business, utilising HMRC approved plans where appropriate

  • Advising on foreign exchange and SAFE registration for non-Chinese companies wishing to extend equity incentives to employees in China

  • Advising a leading global technology company on UK aspects of employees’ participation in the share plans of its US parent

  • Advising a mutual in the financial sector on the design, implementation and operation of its short-term and long-term incentive arrangements incorporating equity equivalent instruments as the company concerned did not have any shares

  • Pre-flotation share plans advice for a support services client in over 14 countries and 5 continents, including local “qualified” broadly based plans and discretionary plans tailored for different jurisdictions and commercial circumstances

  • Advising a Middle East based company on the structuring of a long-term cash incentive plan

  • Drafting equity-based compensation plans for privately held German companies and advising on implications of German subsidiaries participating in plans offered by overseas parent companies based outside Germany, particularly in the US

  • Advising numerous listed companies on the introduction of malus and clawback provisions into annual bonus plans and longterm incentive plans

  • Advising US listed companies in relation to whether they need to file prospectuses under the EU Prospectus Directive when operating their share plans in the UK and Europe; advising several others on how to avoid the need for such filings

  • Advising numerous listed companies on the new UK rules for reporting executive pay and the binding shareholder vote on remuneration policy

  • Advising on a wide range of management and employee share incentive plans for both private corporates and portfolio companies of private equity funds, including a Lloyd’s approved insurance broker in Hong Kong with operations in China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.