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Employee Share Schemes & Incentives — UK-wide


Clifford Chance LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Dedicated team of incentives and remuneration specialists with a strong client following in the financial services industry, as well as a significant footprint in the insurance, energy and technology sectors. Undertakes general advisory work, as well as assisting clients on transactional matters. Highly experienced in dealing with international and cross-border work.

Strengths One source describes this as "my go-to team of lawyers for a calm, pragmatic and commercial approach," adding that the lawyers are "highly competent and efficient."

Another praises the team's "expertise on both shares and wider remuneration issues," further commenting that they "felt the value for money was good."

Work highlights Advised Sainsbury's on its £1.4 billion strategic acquisition of Home Retail Group. Worked on retention arrangements and exit packages for directors, among other matters.

Acted for NEX on incentive aspects of its £1.1 billion protracted sale of its global hybrid voice-broking and information business to Tullett Prebon.

Significant clients Informa, Babcock, Booker, Diageo.

Notable practitioners

Sonia Gilbert acts for numerous blue chip clients on remuneration issues related to major M&A. Market sources say she is "always composed and on top of her brief," and praise her for "providing careful, cogent solutions."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Continues to provide advice on complex incentive scheme implementations. Also works on substantial corporate transactions and represents clients in share plan litigation. At the forefront of regulatory developments in the sector, assists clients with the interpretation of new governance on executive pay arrangements and share dealings.

Strengths One client comments that the team "acts in a very joined-up way," and says that "they are definitely commercial in their mindset."

Another source says they "would stack Freshfields up against anyone," noting that "they are geared towards the big deals."

Work highlights Acted for SoftBank on its £24.3 billion takeover of ARM Holdings by way of a scheme of arrangement. Work included advising on all share plan and employee-related matters in connection with the takeover.

Advised Nasdaq-listed company Ferroglobe on governance, remuneration and executive incentive issues.

Significant clients London Stock Exchange Group, British Land, ConvaTec, Pearson, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Notable practitioners

Simon Evans leads the firm's international share scheme team and advises clients on a range of remuneration arrangements. One source acknowledges that he is "very hands-on and knows the technical aspects of the job very well."

Alice Greenwell regularly advises public and private companies on establishing new share schemes, as well as on the impact of corporate transactions on existing arrangements. One sources notes that "she understands the commercial issues our organisation faces and balances her advice, ensuring the risks are brought out and clearly understood."

Department profile by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/people-and-reward/remunerations-and-incentive-schemes/

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Expertise spreads across a range of issues, including share schemes and incentives, financial services remuneration and corporate advisory governance. Continues to represent organisations from the financial services industry, as well as working with a number of technology and transportation clients. Utilises the firm's global network to assist UK clients with international extensions of incentive arrangements, advising on local tax, exchange control and securities regulations.

Strengths One source says: "They are at the forefront of market developments and share these with us in an accessible way on a regular basis, prompting action where necessary."

The team provides an "excellent commercial and pragmatic client service," according to another source.

Work highlights Advised Sky on its proposed takeover by 21st Century Fox, including on its executive and all-employee share option arrangements.

Advised Wesfarmers on the share plan aspects of its acquisition of Homebase from Home Retail Group.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, G4S, Man Group, The Weir Group, BAT.

Notable practitioners

Mark Ife is a highly regarded remuneration and employee incentive specialist who regularly assists clients with the establishment and operation of share and cash-based arrangements. Sources say he is "totally clear, easy to follow and practical in his advice."

Paul Ellerman advises a global client base of public and private companies on a range of cash and share-based incentive plans, as well as on remuneration issues regarding executive recruitments and terminations. One client reports: "Paul has an amazing ability to remain calm in difficult situations. His technical knowledge is immense and combines with his understanding that a solution needs to be workable."

Department profile by Herbert Smith Freehills

We work with our clients on their most complex remuneration and incentives issues. We advise listed and unlisted corporates, from start-ups to multinational clients, and LLPs, on the implementation and day-to-day operation of share plans and other employee and partner incentive arrangements, advising throughout the lifecycle of the arrangements, including on corporate actions.

Integral to our client service delivery, our teams advise listed companies and their boards on the complete range of governance issues, including best practice on all aspects of executive remuneration (including shareholder voting powers, reporting requirements and engagement with shareholders). We are also known for financial services remuneration advice including, in the UK, on the application of European directives (CRD 4, AIFMD, UCITS V and Solvency II) and related UK remuneration codes to clients' remuneration structures.

We leverage expertise from our leading corporate, employment, tax and financial services teams, providing clients with an all-round service, specific to their operating context.

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We have offices in Africa, Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.


Linklaters - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Works with numerous FTSE 100 companies and leading global banks. Adept at advising on a full range of employee share schemes and incentives matters. Provides ongoing advice and also assists clients in the context of transactions, with a recent increase in matters relating to flotations. Well supported by a global network of offices.

Strengths The team is "very commercially focused," according to one client, who notes that "their advice is clear rather than very legalistic."

Another source comments that "the team has a great depth of knowledge and liaises easily with offices outside the UK."

Work highlights Acted for Home Retail Group on its £1.4 billion sale to Sainsbury's by way of a scheme of arrangement for shares and cash.

Advised Biffa on share incentives and the introduction of new share plans in connection to the company's listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Significant clients Anglo American, BAE Systems, Nomura, Citi, Experian.

Notable practitioners

The "knowledgeable, responsive and commercial" Alexandra Beidas is well regarded for her representation of household-name banks and companies in a wide range of incentive and remuneration matters. Sources say she is "exceptionally productive and pragmatic" and "deeply expert on her subject area."

Associate Cara Hegarty is known by market sources to "provide excellent, pragmatic and timely advice, and understand the need to balance technical advice with commerciality." She advises clients on a range of matters concerning public and private transactions, and all-employee and executive incentive arrangements.

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Tapestry Compliance LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Sheffield, Leeds, London

What the team is known for Specialist executive compensation and share plan advice delivered by an expert team. Noted for its experience handling global executive and employee share plans and incentives, and for working with global banks in relation to regulatory issues. Client base also includes those in the insurance, retail and healthcare sectors, among others.

Strengths "An excellent firm of professionals who know their field and know how to connect with people," notes one client, who adds that "they offer great advice, services and training in the industry."

Another source comments that "their focus on global employee equity remuneration is one of their core strengths," describing the firm as a "market leader in their specific field."

Work highlights Oversaw Goldman Sachs’ biannual global due diligence review for its executive incentive awards of RSUs and investment fund interests.

Advised Morgan Stanley on a range of matters, including services remuneration regulations as they impact pay structure.

Significant clients Sage, HSBC, Aviva, Dell, Tripadvisor.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" Janet Cooper regularly advises significant clients on global executive and employee share plans and incentives. One source reports: "Whatever we throw at her she has dealt with many times before, and she always brings a real forensic approach."

Bob Grayson concentrates on tax and legal compliance matters surrounding a variety of incentives, share plans and employment issues. One interviewee notes that he combines "a very strong, detailed and broad understanding of global compliance issues with a pragmatic approach to issue resolution."

Associate Hannah Needle "stands out as being extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic," according to sources. She ably advises clients on all manner of issues arising out of the design, implementation and operation of employee share and incentive plans.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Strong financial services expertise, particularly on employee incentive arrangements and remuneration issues. Actively involved on M&A transactions and IPOs. Provides the capacity to provide truly multinational support on a full range of issues, supported by complimentary teams such as tax, securities and employment.

Strengths One client states: "The team offers excellent client service in a timely, pragmatic and commercial manner."

Work highlights Advised TUI Group on incentives issues related to its sale of HotelBeds Group to Cinven Capital Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Acted for 21st Century Fox on the incentives aspects of its proposed £11.7 billion acquisition of BSkyB.

Significant clients Aviva, 888 Holdings, Prudential, Tyco, Cobham.

Notable practitioners

Paul McCarthy is regularly appointed to assist with transactional issues, including share plan matters arising out of IPOs and M&A. One commentator reports: "Paul is always accessible and able to provide advice in a no-nonsense manner. He is able to find practical and pragmatic solutions to problems in a timely manner."

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Baker McKenzie - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Known for handling multi-jurisdictional matters for domestic and international companies. Particularly noted for work with global share plans and share scheme matters. Expertise includes advising businesses on share scheme and incentive matters following senior executive and partnership restructurings.

Strengths One source identifies a "key attribute" of the team as "the friendliness in their approach while preserving the commerciality of a transaction."

Another client notes: "They operate almost as an extension of our internal team and are trusted by senior stakeholders in the business."

Work highlights Assisted Prudential with the launch of its global share plans worldwide, global compliance for its executive share plans and all employee share purchase plans.

Acted as lead share plan lawyers on Coca-Cola Enterprise's merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke into Coca-Cola European Partners.

Significant clients Philip Morris, Qualcomm, Smith & Nephew, Equinix, CSC.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Edwards is noted for his representation of large public companies on a swathe of employee share plan, compensation and taxation matters. Sources report: "He is very client-focused and able to provide quick, well-reasoned and practical guidance."

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CMS - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Noted for its general advisory incentive and employee share scheme work for a range of companies, including large corporations and SMEs. Also regularly works on matters related to corporate transactions such as takeovers and spin-offs. Client base includes start-ups and trustees.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a very strong and competent team."

Work highlights Advised DRS Data on employee share scheme issues arising from its takeover by AQA Education.

Acted for ISG on employee share plan issues related to its takeover by Cathexis.

Significant clients KBC Advanced Technologies, Engelhart, Barclays Wealth Trustees, Hunting, Intertrust.

Notable practitioners

Department head Nicholas Stretch provides clients with advice in a range of matters, including employee equity and bonus arrangements, employee trust issues and corporate governance. One client remarks: "Nicholas has an excellent understanding of share schemes and gives reliable advice."

Graham Muir is highly regarded for his ability to advise on a variety of issues as they occur across the design, implementation and operation of employee share schemes. Clients appreciate his "strong negotiating skills in meetings" and "calm methodical approach."

The "extremely commercial and practical" Andrew Quayle is frequently instructed by private companies, and is particularly experienced with those active in the technology and media sectors. "His advice has always been very considered and clear. His strength is undoubtedly his technical knowledge, and his ability to communicate with the client," says a source.

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Hogan Lovells - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Adept at advising multinational companies on domestic and global share plans. Noted for both the transactional and advisory aspects of the practice. Employee share incentives offering covers tax, corporate, financial services and trust law.

Strengths One impressed client praises the lawyers as "loyal and strong advisers who were not afraid to raise objections if they felt they needed to, even if inconvenient for some to hear."

Market commentators describe this as "a good transactional practice."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Global on the impact of its distribution of 117.4 million shares in Liberty Global Latin American and Caribbean Group on UK employees.

Devised an employee incentive plan on behalf of Verily Life Sciences in relation to its joint venture with Glaxosmithkline.

Significant clients SABMiller, Trinity Mirror, Coca-Cola, Jimmy Choo, Brown-Forman.

Notable practitioners

Paul Randall heads the London team and has over 30 years' experience in handling employee share scheme incentives work. One source notes that "he is thoughtful, and provides a considered and commercial view."

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Slaughter and May - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises on the share scheme aspects of major transactions. Strong corporate client base, including blue-chip and multinational companies. Areas of expertise include advising on executive remuneration and boardroom pay issues.

Work highlights Advised Cable & Wireless Communications on the incentives aspects of its recommended acquisition by Liberty Global.

Assisted Drax with the share options aspects of its acquisition of Opus Energy.

Significant clients 3i, Carillion, Rolls-Royce, Segro, hibu.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Fenn heads the department and focuses on employee share scheme work, with further capabilities in pensions and employment matters. Clients considers him to be "very responsive and helpful."

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Travers Smith LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for High-standard advisory work with the capability to assist with all stages of incentive programmes from creation to implementation. Also offers a full range of support on transactions. Adept at advising on domestic and international matters for a wide client base, including publicly traded and privately owned companies.

Strengths One source praises the team's "extensive knowledge" and "practical advice and approach."

Another highlights its "strength and depth," adding that "there is always someone to help" and describing the team as "specialists in the area."

Work highlights Advised Micro Focus International on employee share schemes and certain executive remuneration aspects of its merger with the software business segment of HP.

Assisted Ascot Underwriting with the design and implementation of an international share offer for its key employees, following its successful sale to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Significant clients Janus Capital, Bridgepoint Advisors, UK Mail, Exponent Private Equity, Eurotunnel Group.

Notable practitioners

The "practical and pragmatic" Mahesh Varia is an impressive employee incentive and employment tax specialist who regularly handles remuneration and share scheme issues as they relate to corporate transactions. His clients include companies, directors and trustees.

Department profile by Travers Smith LLP

Please visit the Travers Smith website for more information about our work in this category: https://www.traverssmith.com/practice-areas/employee-incentives/

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Eversheds Sutherland - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Noted expertise in UK and international work in the share scheme and incentives arena. Advises corporate clients and companies in the real estate, retail and education sectors. Areas of focus include reward and incentive structures.

Strengths Sources report: "They provide a really impressive client service."

Work highlights Advised Chemtura on issues concerning restricted stock unit awards and performance share awards held by personnel in the UK, arising from its merger with Lanxess.

Advised NewRiver on share scheme matters in connection with its transition from the AIM market to the Main Market.

Significant clients United Utilities, New Look Retail Group, AstraZeneca, Grainger, Teledyne Technologies.

Notable practitioners

The "very responsive, proactive and commercial" Daniel Blum chairs the London team at the firm. He is experienced across the suite of share scheme and cash incentive matters, advising both domestic and international clients.

Mathew Gorringe is adept at assisting international corporations and public companies with cross-border incentive arrangements. One source enthuses: "He always knows the technical answer and couches his advice in commercial terms, so his advice always ends up being practical and solutions-driven."

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Fieldfisher - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Diverse client base with particular expertise advising AIM-listed technology, media and mining companies. Notable for its work on employee ownership trusts. Regularly instructed on international mandates.

Strengths "The team is always available," says a client, who praises its lawyers for "communicating timescales and budgeted costs."

Another source says: "They provide excellent advice at a competitive rate," adding that "their technical input is very strong."

Work highlights Advised architecture firm BB Partnership throughout its transition to becoming completely owned by an employee ownership trust.

Advised staff of the London Borough of Newham on the spin-off of The Language Shop into a new, employee-led joint venture with the council.

Significant clients Castlefield Partners, MJP Architects, Quiqup, BNN Technology, Cyence.

Notable practitioners

Graeme Nuttall concentrates his practice on employee ownership issues, on behalf of both established employee-owned businesses and start-ups. One commentator reports: "He was extremely knowledgeable, efficient, and responded in a timely manner."

Mark Gearing "is good on the detail while being commercial and able to articulate his suggestions clearly," say interviewees. He is highly regarded for his work in the design, implementation and operation of employee share plans.

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Macfarlanes LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises a wide-ranging client base on share schemes and incentives. Particularly adept at advisory work on behalf of those in the financial services sector. Experienced in handling issues relating to corporate transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They cut to the point quite quickly and give you decent advice."

"They are a very client-focused team," says another source, who appreciates that the lawyers "listen and deliver what you ask for."

Work highlights Acted for AccorHotels in relation to the acquisition of onefinestay, ensuring that the incentive arrangements for the continuing onefinestay management were appropriate.

Advised e2v on a range of matters, including incentive plans and share-based arrangements, concerning a £620 million recommended cash offer from Teledyne Technologies.

Significant clients Shawbrook Bank, Liontrust Asset Management, EPIC Private Equity, SandAire, JD Wetherspoon.

Notable practitioners

The "capable, knowledgeable and technical" Robert Collard concentrates on representing listed and unlisted companies in matters across the life cycle of employee share schemes from conception to implementation. Sources admire his "ability to distil complex situations," and "extremely personable" manner.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Advises clients from sectors including technology, life sciences and financial services on a full range of employee share schemes and incentives matters. Specific expertise advising London-listed companies. Robust international capabilities, advising clients on incentive and share scheme arrangements across Asia, the USA and Europe.

Work highlights Advised HSBC on its share dealing code and related matters following the introduction of the Market Abuse Regulations.

Advised Deliveroo on current and future employee incentivisation programmes in the UK and abroad.

Significant clients IMI, Charles Stanley, CGI, BMS, Nautilus Marine Services.

Notable practitioners

Department head Matthew Findley is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the design, implementation and operation of share plans and incentive schemes as they apply to executives and employees.

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Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Boutique employee-ownership and share schemes specialists who advise on a wide range of matters. Noted for its experience in the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services industries. Offers services in structuring employee ownership arrangements and share scheme administration.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide an attentive service and expert advice, and kept to the cost estimate. We were very pleased."

"They know what they are doing and do it supremely well," says a source.

Work highlights Advised CCD Design & Ergonomics on the design, negotiation and implementation of a management buyout.

Advised DVS Group on the creation of a new ownership structure following a secondary buyout.

Significant clients Holland Park Galleries, Merlin Energy Resources, Soundcloud, Toucan Computing, IS Oxford.

Notable practitioners

Robert Postlethwaite maintains a strong employee ownership and share scheme practice which is sought after by a client base of public and private companies, notably those operating in the technology sector. Market sources know him to be "extremely helpful, patient, and good at explaining the issues and taking account of our requirements."

The "practical, commercial and very responsive" David Reuben is experienced in employee incentive law, particularly as it applies to M&A. He works with listed, venture capital-backed and smaller private companies

Stephen Chater is a seasoned practitioner whose 30 years of experience is utilised by listed and private companies. His areas of focus include employee tax, employee incentives and share schemes.

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White & Case LLP - Employee Share Schemes & Incentives

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Noted experience advising financial services and FinTech groups on their plans. Increasingly active on behalf of technology clients on employee share schemes and incentives. Provides significant cross-border abilities.

Strengths One client attests: "They have a deep and broad global team and network that they tap into seamlessly and efficiently. This contributes to their very good, comprehensive and practical advice."

Sources consider the team to be "fast, reliable, professional and very client-oriented."

Work highlights Acted for Avast Software on the employee compensation and benefits aspects of its agreement to acquire NYSE-listed AVG Technologies for USD1.3 billion.

Represented Brammer in employee compensation and benefits aspects in connection to a recommended cash offer by Advent International.

Significant clients Chubb, Expedia, Keter Group, Miniclip, RBS.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Greenacre heads the firm's global employment, compensation and benefits team, and enjoys a strong reputation for his work concerning the design and implementation of cash and equity-based incentive plans. Clients report: "He is very personable and proactive. He puts himself in the client's shoes and provides practical advice."

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Senior Statesmen

Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

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Stephen Chater is a seasoned practitioner whose 30 years of experience is utilised by listed and private companies. His areas of focus include employee tax, employee incentives and share schemes.

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Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "superb" Janet Cooper regularly advises significant clients on global executive and employee share plans and incentives. One source reports: "Whatever we throw at her she has dealt with many times before, and she always brings a real forensic approach."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Simon Evans leads the firm's international share scheme team and advises clients on a range of remuneration arrangements. One source acknowledges that he is "very hands-on and knows the technical aspects of the job very well."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Fenn heads the department and focuses on employee share scheme work, with further capabilities in pensions and employment matters. Clients considers him to be "very responsive and helpful."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sonia Gilbert acts for numerous blue chip clients on remuneration issues related to major M&A. Market sources say she is "always composed and on top of her brief," and praise her for "providing careful, cogent solutions."

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CMS

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Department head Nicholas Stretch provides clients with advice in a range of matters, including employee equity and bonus arrangements, employee trust issues and corporate governance. One client remarks: "Nicholas has an excellent understanding of share schemes and gives reliable advice."

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of employee incentives at Stephenson Harwood LLP Barbara Allen represents clients in all remuneration matters, including corporate governance, share plans and cash bonus arrangements. One source says: "She provides a highly responsive service, taking a suitably commercial approach in forming her advice."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeremy Edwards is noted for his representation of large public companies on a swathe of employee share plan, compensation and taxation matters. Sources report: "He is very client-focused and able to provide quick, well-reasoned and practical guidance."

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Ellerman advises a global client base of public and private companies on a range of cash and share-based incentive plans, as well as on remuneration issues regarding executive recruitments and terminations. One client reports: "Paul has an amazing ability to remain calm in difficult situations. His technical knowledge is immense and combines with his understanding that a solution needs to be workable."

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ife is a highly regarded remuneration and employee incentive specialist who regularly assists clients with the establishment and operation of share and cash-based arrangements. Sources say he is "totally clear, easy to follow and practical in his advice."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Graeme Nuttall concentrates his practice on employee ownership issues, on behalf of both established employee-owned businesses and start-ups. One commentator reports: "He was extremely knowledgeable, efficient, and responded in a timely manner."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Randall heads the London team and has over 30 years' experience in handling employee share scheme incentives work. One source notes that "he is thoughtful, and provides a considered and commercial view."

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Band 2

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "practical and pragmatic" Mahesh Varia is an impressive employee incentive and employment tax specialist who regularly handles remuneration and share scheme issues as they relate to corporate transactions. His clients include companies, directors and trustees.

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Band 3

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "capable, knowledgeable and technical" Robert Collard concentrates on representing listed and unlisted companies in matters across the life cycle of employee share schemes from conception to implementation. Sources admire his "ability to distil complex situations," and "extremely personable" manner.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Matthew Findley is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on the design, implementation and operation of share plans and incentive schemes as they apply to executives and employees.

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Band 3

Nicholas Greenacre

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Greenacre heads the firm's global employment, compensation and benefits team, and enjoys a strong reputation for his work concerning the design and implementation of cash and equity-based incentive plans. Clients report: "He is very personable and proactive. He puts himself in the client's shoes and provides practical advice."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alice Greenwell regularly advises public and private companies on establishing new share schemes, as well as on the impact of corporate transactions on existing arrangements. One sources notes that "she understands the commercial issues our organisation faces and balances her advice, ensuring the risks are brought out and clearly understood."

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Band 3

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paula Holland heads the Cooley LLP compensation and benefits team, and focuses her practice on representing public and private clients in domestic and international equity incentive and executive compensation matters. Her UK practice is bolstered by deep knowledge of the US market.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul McCarthy is regularly appointed to assist with transactional issues, including share plan matters arising out of IPOs and M&A. One commentator reports: "Paul is always accessible and able to provide advice in a no-nonsense manner. He is able to find practical and pragmatic solutions to problems in a timely manner."

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Band 3

Robert Postlethwaite

Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Postlethwaite maintains a strong employee ownership and share scheme practice which is sought after by a client base of public and private companies, notably those operating in the technology sector. Market sources know him to be "extremely helpful, patient, and good at explaining the issues and taking account of our requirements."

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Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

The "practical, commercial and very responsive" David Reuben is experienced in employee incentive law, particularly as it applies to M&A. He works with listed, venture capital-backed and smaller private companies

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very responsive, proactive and commercial" Daniel Blum chairs the London team at the firm. He is experienced across the suite of share scheme and cash incentive matters, advising both domestic and international clients.

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Band 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Carter heads the Osborne Clarke LLP incentives practice and has a deep understanding of employee remuneration and tax issues. He is regularly instructed by a global client base of private and public companies.

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Band 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ann Casey of Taylor Wessing LLP handles equity incentive plans as they apply to management and employees. "She is incredibly experienced and understands our business model very well. Her advice has always been very commercial and tailored to our needs, and she always responds in a timely manner," says a source.

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Band 4

Cooper Cavendish LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Cooper is a co-founder of Cooper Cavendish LLP and offers clients deep experience in employee benefits matters. She advises a range of companies on remuneration and associated tax issues.

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Band 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Diosi is head of incentives at Mishcon de Reya LLP and maintains an impressive domestic and global practice. One client enthuses: "Stephen provides solid advice through having robust technical legal knowledge, commercial acumen and a natural flare to understand the client's culture."

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Band 4

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Gearing "is good on the detail while being commercial and able to articulate his suggestions clearly," say interviewees. He is highly regarded for his work in the design, implementation and operation of employee share plans.

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Band 4

Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bob Grayson concentrates on tax and legal compliance matters surrounding a variety of incentives, share plans and employment issues. One interviewee notes that he combines "a very strong, detailed and broad understanding of global compliance issues with a pragmatic approach to issue resolution."

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Band 4

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Kendon chairs the employee incentives and benefits practice at Bird & Bird and regularly works with international and domestic companies, many of which operate in the technology sector. Commentators note that "he rapidly understands what is needed and delivers."

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Muir is highly regarded for his ability to advise on a variety of issues as they occur across the design, implementation and operation of employee share schemes. Clients appreciate his "strong negotiating skills in meetings" and "calm methodical approach."

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Band 5

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

The "knowledgeable, responsive and commercial" Alexandra Beidas is well regarded for her representation of household-name banks and companies in a wide range of incentive and remuneration matters. Sources say she is "exceptionally productive and pragmatic" and "deeply expert on her subject area."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Mathew Gorringe is adept at assisting international corporations and public companies with cross-border incentive arrangements. One source enthuses: "He always knows the technical answer and couches his advice in commercial terms, so his advice always ends up being practical and solutions-driven."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely commercial and practical" Andrew Quayle is frequently instructed by private companies, and is particularly experienced with those active in the technology and media sectors. "His advice has always been very considered and clear. His strength is undoubtedly his technical knowledge, and his ability to communicate with the client," says a source.

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Band 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Stanger of Mayer Brown International LLP concentrates his practice on employee share plans and other incentives, for which he is considered "a walking encyclopaedia." He is experienced in advising on international share plans.

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Up and Coming

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

Liz Pierson of Squire Patton Boggs is described as "friendly, responsive and pragmatic, with a good understanding of the art of the possible." She advises corporates on incentives issues surrounding transactions, as well as assisting on matters related to remuneration. She joined the firm from Clifford Chance in October 2017.

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Associates to watch

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anika Chandra is an associate at Stephenson Harwood LLP who is highlighted by sources as being "responsive, direct and clear in her advice." Her expertise spans share plans and bonus arrangements.

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Associates to watch

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Suzannah Crookes of Pinsent Masons is a "wonderful" associate who is "simultaneously inquisitive, a deep thinker and pragmatic." She assists clients with a range of issues, including designing and establishing new incentive plans.

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Associates to watch

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Cara Hegarty is known by market sources to "provide excellent, pragmatic and timely advice, and understand the need to balance technical advice with commerciality." She advises clients on a range of matters concerning public and private transactions, and all-employee and executive incentive arrangements.

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Associates to watch

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tair Hussain of Simmons & Simmons LLP frequently advises on employee incentives issues for a diverse client base. Market sources say he is "very pragmatic and practical to deal with," and a "very tough negotiator."

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Associates to watch

Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Hannah Needle "stands out as being extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic," according to sources. She ably advises clients on all manner of issues arising out of the design, implementation and operation of employee share and incentive plans.

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Associates to watch

Caroline Nye-Wilkins

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Nye-Wilkins is an associate at Mishcon de Reya LLP who is considered by one interviewee to be "extremely professional, efficient, friendly and a pleasure to work with." She advises a diverse client base on the design and implementation of incentive arrangements, and on the associated tax issues.

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