Perhaps now more than ever, engaging and retaining highly-skilled employees is vital to business success. Employee share schemes, incentives and employee ownership are fast becoming important considerations for SMEs looking to align employees’ interests with the growth and success of the business, as an alternative reward to salary. Employee ownership also offers business owners an alternative attractive tax incentivised exit or succession planning option.
If you are considering granting shares or share options to employees, have an existing scheme you need some help with, or you are exploring employee ownership of an entire business, we can help.
We offer an end-to-end service guiding employers on the design and implementation of incentive arrangements though to providing advice on how best to treat leavers and other changes in circumstances.
We can provide a full EMI Option Scheme set up service including obtaining a HMRC approved EMI valuation for your company, EMI scheme registration, notification of grants and ongoing EMI scheme management, or we would be happy to simply work with your own tax advisors and deal with the EMI scheme legal documentation.
We have worked on many company sales with exit based share incentive schemes in place, helping with the due diligence process and structure of the sale completion mechanics.
We also advise executives and employees in relation to their participation in share incentive schemes, whether at the time of a grant or an exit, or as part of employment-related disputes.
If you need any help do get in touch for an initial chat (without any obligation!).
In the meantime click below for our summaries of the popular tax approved EMI Option scheme and Employee Ownership Trust (“EOT”) model: