Share options & EMI schemes
Engaging key personnel is a vital part of improving productivity and profitability. Give your people a stake in the business and improve engagement.
Share options can be used to recruit and incentivise employees usually by giving them a stake in the long term success of the business.
Some employee share option schemes also provide valuable tax reliefs for both employers and employees, leading to potential cost savings for your business.
Share option and Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) schemes generally operate by granting an employee the right to buy shares in your company at a set price, at a set time and, sometimes, subject to conditions / criteria being met.
The rules governing such schemes are complex and specialist advice is key to ensuring that the course you take is tax-efficient and meets the needs your business.
On the other hand, some share option or bonus arrangements, while sacrificing some tax advantages, can be fairly simple to implement without effecting current share structures or future sale negotiations.
For more information on share option and EMI schemes and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact Helen Mead, Partner, Head of Corporate Finance.