ESOP Advisory Services

Employee stock option plans (ESOPs) are a type of corporate strategy for retaining and motivating employees. A company grants its employees the right to purchase a certain number of shares at a fixed price for a set number of years. To exercise the option, an employee must complete the vesting period. New generation companies are using ESOPs to retain highly skilled employees. Employees are more likely to pursue a long-term career in an extremely competitive IT sector when they feel a sense of ownership. Employees have the right to purchase shares at a predetermined price, but not the obligation.

To begin with, the mission is to retain employees, but ESOPs also aid in the reduction of cash compensation. By giving employees stock options, a company can save money to channel growth.

ESOPs have three primary characteristics:

Liquidity Management

Owners can sell a portion of their company or the entire company to an ESOP. In comparison to a third-party sale, it is a more manageable and friendly process. Ensures the continuity of corporate culture and the company's legacy.

Tax Effectiveness

Debt incurred as a result of the transaction is repaid with pre-tax dollars. S-Corporation owned entirely by ESOPs does not pay taxes. Capital gains on C-Corporation transactions can be deferred if certain criteria are met.

Retirement Strategy

An ESOP is a retirement plan that is covered by ERISA. The value of the participant's account grows tax-deferred. When employees leave, the company is responsible for repurchasing all stock.

Type of Options to be given to the employees are being classified below:

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) 
  • Employee Stock Option Scheme (ESOS) 
  • Rights to Appreciation in Stock (SARs)
  • Stock Option Award (RSA)
  • Restricted Stock Unit (RSU)