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This Practice Note explains the Principles for Businesses (PRIN) set down by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The Principles form part of the...
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This Practice Note provides an introduction to retained EU law, which is an entirely new legal concept introduced to UK domestic law in preparation...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): HMRC has stated in its International Manual that if a financial institution cannot meet the FATCA reporting deadline of 31 May...
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Produced in partnership with Ali Kazimi and Chris Orchard of Hansuke Consulting Limited 12th Jan
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Overview of nil paid and partly paid sharesThe opportunity to subscribe for or purchase shares nil or partly paid has been and continues to be a...
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Produced in partnership with Simon Adams of RSM UK Tax and Accounting Limited 12th Jan
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The Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) is an independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-sized quoted companies. One...
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9th Nov
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Companies in both the US and the UK have a long history of involving employees in equity ownership, and both countries have provided tax breaks and...
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Produced in partnership with Jonathan Fletcher Rogers of Addleshaw Goddard 12th Jan
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What are growth shares?Growth shares, also known as value shares or hurdle shares, are a specially constituted class of shares which have restricted...
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9th Nov
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Types of LTIP awardsThe most common type of awards that can be made under a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) include:•conditional share awards (which...
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Produced in partnership with Jeremy Edwards of Baker McKenzie 12th Jan
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Specific income tax rules (in sections 471–487 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (Part 7, Chapter 5) (ITEPA 2003)) apply to...
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The Share incentives glossary pulls together key definitions of share incentives terms and provides links to relevant resources. The glossary is...
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19th Jan
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This Practice Note looks at the issues arising for companies trading on AIM when designing and operating their employee and executive share schemes....
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Produced in partnership with Karen Cooper of Cooper Cavendish 19th Jan
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Share options are an enforceable right for an employee to acquire shares at a given price, subject to meeting pre-determined conditions. The share...
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Produced in partnership with Will Cookson of Spiral Sky Limited 15th Jan
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The income tax charges associated with employment-related securities and securities options typically arise upon acquisition of securities, or because...
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15th Jan
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The stated purpose of National Insurance contributions (NICs) is to fund and enable eligibility for certain state benefits, such as the state pension,...
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15th Jan
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The concept of ordinary share capital is important for UK tax purposes. This Practice Note sets out the key tax reliefs that require ordinary share...
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Produced in partnership with Robert Langston of Saffery Champness 15th Jan
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Where an employee or director acquires, holds or disposes of shares or securities in connection with his or her employment, income tax on employment...
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15th Jan
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Pay as you earn (PAYE) is the mechanism by which income tax (and National Insurance contributions (NICs) and certain other statutory deductions) must...
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What is share dilution?Share dilution happens when a company issues additional shares in itself. As a result the existing shareholders' ownership in...
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15th Jan
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Selecting the right share scheme is fundamental to ensuring that the arrangement meets the company’s specific needs and objectives.This Practice Note...
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15th Jan
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What are performance conditions and why might they need amending?A performance condition is a pre-set condition which must be satisfied before the...
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Produced in partnership with Dan Sharman of Osborne Clarke and Michael Carter of Osborne Clarke 15th Jan
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What are discretions in employee share schemes?It is common to see contracts include powers for a party to determine a particular matter ‘in its...
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Produced in partnership with Sam Whitaker of Shearman & Sterling 15th Jan
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What is an underwater share option?'Underwater option' is the term used to describe a share option (granted under any share option scheme) which has...
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15th Jan
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Private and unlisted companies face particular issues when implementing share schemes for their employees. Key points include the lack of a ready...
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Produced in partnership with Sarah Anderson of RM2 Partnership Limited 15th Jan
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The purpose of this note is to outline the main areas where parallel options are typically of use, how they impact upon other share incentive...
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Produced in partnership with Will Cookson 15th Jan
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In order to be eligible for the grant of share options under either of the following tax-advantaged employee share arrangements:•a company share...
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Produced in partnership with Sarah Nicholson of Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP 15th Jan
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Measurement and timing of fair values including outline of the Black Scholes modelThe accounting cost for an equity-settled share based payment (SBP)...
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Produced in partnership with William Franklin 15th Jan
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Produced in partnership with Sam Whitaker of Shearman & Sterling 15th Jan
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Produced in partnership with Jonathan Fletcher Rogers of Addleshaw Goddard 15th Jan
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Produced in partnership with Dan Sharman of Osborne Clarke and Michael Carter of Osborne Clarke 15th Jan

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