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If you’re interested in setting up share options in your business but are unsure how or need advice on the legal side, get in touch with our team today for a no obligation chat about your situation on 0330 912 8338.

Share Options are a great way of offering investment in your business to specific people.

They allow you to set a fixed price and amount of time in which a person or company can buy your shares, creating a more enticing investment opportunity through setting a secure price separate from the going market rate.

Our corporate law specialists can talk you through any queries you may have about share options as well as tailor a service that suits you and your needs.

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Share Options FAQs

What are share options?

A share option is where a person or organisation are allowed to purchase shares of a business at a fixed price regardless of the going rate for a period of time as a form of investment.

How do share options work?

Share options work by granting individuals the opportunity to purchase shares in a company at a predetermined price, usually known as the exercise price or strike price. This can be done at any time within a specified period.

Who typically receives share options?

Share options are commonly granted to employees as part of their remuneration package, especially in startups or high-growth companies. They can also be given to consultants, directors, or other individuals associated with the company.

What are the benefits of share options?

Share options provide the opportunity for individuals to benefit from the potential growth of a company’s value. If the share price increases, the individual can exercise their options and purchase the shares at a lower price, allowing them to make a profit.

How are share options taxed?

Taxation of share options can be complex and depends on various factors, including whether they are granted under the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme or other approved schemes. It is advisable to consult with a tax professional for specific guidance.

Can share options be transferred or sold?

In some cases, share options can be transferred or sold, but this depends on the terms and conditions set by the company. It is important to review the share option agreement to understand the restrictions and rights associated with the options.

What happens if I leave the company before exercising my options?

If you leave the company before exercising your share options, the options may be subject to a time limit known as a vesting period. If the options have not vested, you may lose the right to exercise them. The specific rules will be outlined in the share option agreement.

Are there any risks associated with share options?

Yes, there are risks associated with share options. The value of the shares may decrease, making the options worthless. Additionally, there may be restrictions on selling the shares, and tax implications should be considered.

Can share options be exercised early?

In some cases, share options can be exercised before the specified vesting period. However, this depends on the terms set by the company and is subject to their approval.

What happens when share options are exercised?

When share options are exercised, the individual must pay the exercise price to acquire the shares. The shares will then be held in the individual’s name, and they can choose to sell them or hold onto them for future growth.

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