This widely respected team implements and advises on all aspects of employee incentives.
Our dedicated experts specialise in guiding the design and delivery of pay and reward structures and incentive plans, assisting in their operation and advising on and handling the impact of corporate transactions on the rights of participants.
The team works closely with employment law colleagues as part of Addleshaw Goddard’s broader Employment team. Our client base covers listed and other publicly traded companies, unquoted SMEs and private equity-backed businesses.
AG offers the full complement of the design and running of employee incentive services including:
- Assessing whether reward programmes are market-competitive and effective
- Linking incentive plans to underlying commercial objectives and defining good performance
- Ensuring that all incentives are compliant with current legislation and corporate governance codes as well as best practice
- Reviewing corporation tax deductibility and social security positions relating to share plans and other incentive arrangements
- Understanding how institutional investors are responding to the new economic climate and assisting with shareholder discussions
- Designing and implementing a new international share plan
- Communicating incentive programmes effectively to all participants
- Ensuring that remuneration policy and, if applicable, the directors' remuneration report comply with legislative requirements and investors' expectations
We combine our legal, tax and compensation capabilities to work with clients on the development of practical solutions that work from both a business and a cultural perspective. Employee incentives often involve complex issues; we team detailed technical knowledge and practical experience of developing and implementing new structures and arrangements to offer clients the best way forward.
The employee incentives team also advises on the share incentive and employee tax implications of a wide range of corporate activity, such as mergers and acquisitions.
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"The team is always practical and forward-thinking and provides bespoke advice rather than the market norm."