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Nicholas Stretch

T: +44 20 7809 2773 Email Nicholas | vCard Office: London

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Employee share schemes & incentives

Employee share schemes & incentives

Employee share schemes

Employee share schemes

Nicholas Stretch Partner

Contact details

Nicholas Stretch

T: +44 20 7809 2773 Email Nicholas | vCard Office: London

Nicholas has over 25 years' experience of advising companies on all aspects of employee incentives and remuneration matters. Valued by clients for his pragmatic and commercial approach, while having an in-depth knowledge of the area, he is recognised as a leading individual practising in employee incentives by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
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Nicholas advises on share plans, management incentives, bonus arrangements and remuneration-related issues.  

He has particular expertise in the design and implementation of bespoke share plans including advising on the tax structuring and corporate governance aspects.  He also has considerable experience of advising on the impact of corporate transactions on employee incentives, including mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings, including on the Alternative Investment Market. In addition, Nicholas works closely with Stephenson Harwood's employment team to advise on senior level appointments, remuneration and terminations, including compliance with relevant financial services remuneration codes.

He is a former chairman of Share Plan Lawyers, the UK body for lawyers in this area, and also former chairman of the QCA Share Schemes Expert Group.

"He is an able and talented lawyer.". "He makes a complex area of law understandable."

Chambers UK 2022

 

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