How you choose to reward your people will be driven by your business objectives. Our specialist employee incentives team can help you identify the best way to deliver the behaviours you need to meet your goals, and at the same time maximise the position of your employees and executives.

Attracting the best people is vital to the success of any business, but the labour market is increasingly mobile and competitive. To offer the sort of incentives that attract and retain them, you need advice that is responsive to changes in legislation and market conditions. We work closely with our international colleagues across Osborne Clarke (and our best friends network), so we are able to advise wherever your employees are based.

From tax-advantaged all-employee plans to bespoke discretionary arrangements for your senior executives, we advise a wide range of companies on their incentive plans, including small starts-ups, PE backed companies, listed companies and global companies. We advise on the corporate governance aspects of remuneration and incentive plans. We also help businesses with growth share arrangements, employee benefit trusts and employee ownership trusts.

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We are well-versed in advising clients on the impact that corporate transactions have on incentive arrangements and making the process as smooth as possible. Tax withholding and reporting are important administrative tasks that companies need to get right.

Our team also advises on wider employee tax issues, including arrangements for new joiners and the taxation of termination payments. Employers need to ensure that expenses and benefits are taxed correctly, particularly given the shift towards agile working.


Talk Talk Telecom Group PLC

Advising TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC in relation to its employee share plans on its recommended £1.1 billion takeover by Tosca IOM Limited, a company formed at the direction of Toscafund Asset Management LLP and Penta Capital LLP. 

Elixirr International plc

Advised Elixirr International plc, the global award-winning challenger consultancy, on its incentive arrangements both before and after its successful AIM listing and placing. This involved the establishment of an EMI plan and innovative nominee arrangements for employees post IPO. 

Liftoff, Inc.

Advised global performance-based mobile app marketing optimization platform Liftoff, Inc. in relation to its equity incentives both in the UK and across its expansion outside of the US for a number of years. We also advised them on the incentive aspects of its investment by Blackstone.

Carallon Limited

Advised on the sale of the company to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).  An EOT is a special form of employee trust which acquires a controlling interest in a company and holds this interest on behalf of and for the benefit of the employees of the company.

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