Equity and non-equity based incentive plans

Businesses work diligently to attract and retain top talent by offering a mix of equity and non-equity based incentive plans that complement their overall employment strategy and goals. We assist both public and private employers with comprehensive design, implementation and compliance related to stock and non-stock based incentive programs. We typically help our clients evaluate and implement the following types of arrangements:

  • Annual or short-term incentive plans
  • Long-term incentive plans
  • Nonqualified stock options
  • Incentive stock options (ISOs)
  • Employee stock purchase plans
  • Stock appreciation rights
  • Restricted stock
  • Phantom stock and restricted stock units (RSUs)
  • Retention bonuses

We also provide advice related to issues that arise under these arrangements in connection with mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs.

Our team includes attorneys who practice in the areas of tax, employee benefits, corporate and securities to provide advice on the myriad of issues that may arise with these arrangements. We also work closely with our clients’ trusted advisors, including their accountants and compensation consultants. Ultimately, we help our clients attract talented employees whose interests are aligned with both the short and long-term interests of the company.