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Employment Incentives

Our experience includes advising:

  • Irish and international clients on share/stock options, restricted stock units (RSUs), restricted/clog share programs, growth share schemes, KEEP option programs, Save As You Earn, Approved Profit Share Plans and cash incentive programs.
  • Fenergo on the implementation of a share option program and on share option matters in its acquisition by Astorg and Bridgepoint.
  • UKG on the implementation of a novel scheme providing for existing employee share options in the context of the deferred payment of consideration as part of UKG’s acquisition of Immedis.
  • King Digital Entertainment on the treatment of its employee share options, across several jurisdictions, in its $5.9bn takeover by Activision.
  • UNUM and Phoenix Holdings on the implementation of revenue-approved, all-employee share programs for their employees in Ireland.
  • Uniphar, Fineos and Mincon on new share incentive programs in connection with their initial public offerings.

Our areas of expertise include advising on:


  • The design and implementation of share option plans, long term incentive plans and restricted stock plans
  • Obtaining Revenue Commissioner approval for profit-sharing and savings related share option schemes
  • The treatment of share options and share awards in domestic and international takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and schemes of arrangement
  • Corporate and securities law issues relating to employee share options and awards