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Sarah Ferguson

Lawyer, DLA Piper
Sarah Ferguson is a Legal Director at DLA Piper LLP, specialising in employee share plans and executive remuneration.  Her particular focus is advising on the establishment and operation of
employee share plans - both in the UK and internationally - and any related employee benefit
trusts (including legal, regulatory and tax aspects).  Sarah also has considerable experience in
advising on the share scheme and wider incentive aspects of corporate transactions.  Her
transactional practice has included advising on some of the largest and most notable deals to
date and covers IPOs, rights issues, placings, open offers, returns of value, joint ventures, public
takeovers (both schemes of arrangement and general offers), private takeovers and sales of
businesses and subsidiaries.

Sarah joined DLA Piper in January 2020, having previously worked at Tapestry Compliance LLP (as a senior associate for over 5 years), Slaughter and May (as a senior associate for two years) and Clifford Chance (for four years, as both a trainee solicitor and then a junior associate).  Prior to beginning her legal career, Sarah read Law and Classics at Christ?s College, Cambridge.
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Share incentives in quoted companies—takeovers by scheme of arrangement
Share incentives in quoted companies—takeovers by scheme of arrangement
Practice notes

The purpose of this Practice Note is to explain the key issues to consider when advising on awards over shares in a quoted company that is the target of a takeover by way of a scheme of arrangement. It outlines the process involved in a scheme of arrangement and provides practical guidance on the share plans issues that are specific to both the scheme of arrangement process and key documentation. It also details some important differences in the treatment of share incentives depending on whether the takeover is by way of a cash scheme of arrangement or a share-for-share scheme of arrangement.

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