We address challenges and guide our clients through the complex nature of equity incentive plans.
Both emerging and established companies will look to incent their employees and key service providers through the grant of equity incentives. These incentives can vary greatly depending on the type of entity granting the incentive (corporate, LLC, partnership) and, within each type of entity, can take a variety of forms, with many variations around structure, pricing, vesting and compliance with securities laws. We guide our clients through the various considerations and documents that play a role in choosing, establishing, implementing, and administering an equity incentive plan and addressing challenges raised by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For key employees, we offer our clients advice on employment agreements, addressing severance and change of control plans to help ensure their retention or exit in connection with major events in the course of the evolution of a business.