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Employee Incentives lawyers

CMS has the largest number of partners dedicated to employee share plans in a City law firm, with over forty years’ combined experience as partners in their field. Our team stands out for the range of work it does. We each advise FTSE100 and multinational companies on their share plans and the related public company M&A work that goes with that, but also advise start-ups, particularly in the tech and life sciences sectors and other companies which are private equity owned. We will work with you to maximise the opportunities to reward employees in the most tax-effective way possible and deliver their rewards cost-effectively for your business.

Each of our partners is anchored in the firm's sectors. When clients approach us, they want common sense advice based on our experience and what is right for their business at their particular stage of development.  As part of the wider CMS network, we are also quickly able to draw upon the overseas expertise of our international offices.

We pride ourselves on giving clear advice. We ensure our clients are aware of the commercial opportunities and pitfalls they may face, as well as (in appropriate cases) the changing tax and corporate governance environment.

Quoted companies

  • IPOs
  • M&A activity
  • All-employee plans
  • Executive remuneration in the public glare
  • Listing Rule compliance

PE owned and other private companies

  • Tax-efficient remuneration, including EMI options
  • How to create opportunities for employees (especially leavers) to sell shares
  • Appropriate structure for the size of company

Financial services

  • Compliance with the various Remuneration Codes put in place by the PRA and FCA

Employee trusts

  • Setting up and operating employee trusts
  • Winding them up

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Andrew Quayle
Andrew Quayle
United Kingdom, London
Andrew is a partner in the Employee Incentives Team.  Andrew specialises in employee incentives and rewards. He works with a broad spectrum of UK-based clients, ranging from FTSE 100 companies to smaller...
Sarah McMaster
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Sarah is an Of Counsel in Corporate Department.  Sarah specialises in employee share schemes and incentive arrangements. She works with a broad spectrum of UK-based clients, ranging from FTSE 100 companies...
Valentina Satambrogio
Valentina Santambrogio
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Valentina is a London-based Senior Associate in the International Private Equity team. Valentina first studied law at Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Having moved to London in 2007, she qualified...
Gavin Macgregor
Gavin Macgregor
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Gavin Macgregor is an associate in the Employment Team.
Jasleen Kaur
Jasleen Kaur
United Kingdom, London
Jasleen is an Associate in the Employee Incentives team. Jasleen has a range of experience advising a range of clients from FTSE 100 companies to start-ups on implementing, operating employee incentive...
Anthony Hollands
Anthony Hollands
United Kingdom, London
Anthony is an Associate in the London employment law team.