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30 May
2022

Growth share schemes for employees

Growth Shares can be a good solution for companies who wish to incentivise and retain key employees using equity in a situation where an EMI share option scheme is prohibited due to legislative restrictions. Growth shares can still provide significant tax advantages to those employees.

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12 Mar
2022

Great opportunity for an employee share scheme and corporate matters lawyer

We need someone who has first-rate experience on the legal side of executing EMI, growth share, CSOP and unapproved share and option schemes, who can help our fast-growing business to expand further.

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14 Sep
2021

EMI share options – are online platforms like Vestd a good bargain-basement way of setting up your option scheme?

This is an update from my blog from two years ago – I have reviewed the various providers again so that I could refresh the information given.

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21 Mar
2021

The ‘four year vest, one year cliff’ EMI share option scheme structure – could it be the best design?

Over the last few years our firm has been setting up an increasing number of EMI schemes using what I call the ‘hybrid’ design which is kind of a cross between a pure exit-only or time-based plan, and I am increasingly convinced that – overall - it might be the best form of option scheme. The hybrid is typically known as the ‘four year vest, one year cliff’ option.

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08 Feb
2021

A Key Decision for EMI Option Schemes: Time-Based or Exit-only Share Exercise, or a hybrid?

This blog covers how to structure your EMI options scheme in terms of when the employees can actually buy their shares.

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06 Feb
2021

Share option pools – what are they and how do they work?

When it comes to employee share schemes you will often hear or read the term ‘option pool’ but what is it and what are the implications for shareholders and staff?

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04 Aug
2020

The best way to incentivise your staff with no cashflow cost

Most people will have heard of share options and have an idea that they can be a great inspiration. They are indeed, and better still put no demand on your cash flow.

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24 Jul
2019

Why is EMI the best share option scheme?

EMI share options are the best way to incentivise employees by giving them a real stake in a company.

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24 Jun
2019

EMI share option schemes - new videos

We have just published a set of new videos covering all aspects of EMI option schemes

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06 May
2019

Introduction to the EMI option scheme and its key benefits

Learn the six key benefits of EMI share options

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06 May
2019

How do share options work?

Understand the basics of share options

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03 Apr
2018

Top traits of the best entrepreneurs

What makes an entrepreneur?

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22 Mar
2018

Company shares, boards, directors - how does it all work?

Some useful points on the legal stuff for EMI

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01 Nov
2017

​Tough Times checklist

With the Brexit nightmare looming, here is some help for getting your business in shape

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11 Oct
2017

​EMI options – the main issues to think about

Questions such as the type of configuration you want for your option scheme, for example who should get share options, how many each, and when they can actually buy the shares.

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15 Sep
2017

​EMI option schemes – are you eligible?

Check the eligibility rules for the company and the employees

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24 Aug
2017

Alternatives to an EMI option scheme

'Growth Shares' can be used in situations where a company is not eligible for an EMI share option scheme

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11 Jan
2017

A Key Decision for EMI Option Schemes: Time-Based or Exit-based Share Vesting?

This blog covers how to structure your EMI options scheme in terms of when the employees can actually buy their shares.

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06 Dec
2016

The five key benefits of EMI share option schemes

An EMI option scheme is by far the most beneficial tax-advantaged share option arrangement for an employee. These are what I believe to be their five key benefits

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04 May
2016

The best staff incentive of all

It's amazing what a share option scheme can do to help motivate key employees

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18 Feb
2016

The new PSC register for companies

Potentially boring but also very important, this needs implementing by April

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12 Feb
2016

Guide to the duties and responsibilities of directors

This is a short overview of the key general duties of board directors.

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22 Jan
2016

A short guide to company share schemes

Looking to incentivise your staff? There is a large choice of share and option schemes available.

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03 Oct
2015

SEIS – the easy guide to how it works and how to use it

SEIS is the best thing since sliced bread for young companies looking to raise finance

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