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    Two Truths about Establishing an Equity Compensation Plan That Are Imperative to Its Success

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 2:12:27 PM / by Kevin Long posted in Equity & Executive Compensation

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    We hear over and over from our clients and referral sources looking for solutions to long-term equity incentive compensation planning "I'd like to compensate my employees in stock to incentivize them and motivate them to help grow the company." This is not just limited to our practice in the Silicon Valley business community, it’s for middle market companies everywhere.

    Our response is always the same. The truths are that:

    1. Employees have their own motivations.
    2. You can't simply roll out an equity incentive plan and expect it to be well-received by all the employees you think want equity compensation. 
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    Equity Sharing In Compensation Planning

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2017 6:58:08 AM / by Kevin Long posted in Executive Comp

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    Stock-based compensation is a staple of senior executives and key management employees in privately held companies. In public companies it is typically broad based as well. In both publicly traded and privately held companies, employees are almost uniformly interested in a piece of the pie and a stake in their future. Shareholders and directors, on the other hand, seem to be more interested than ever in tying executive and employee compensation to the performance of the company. Whether a stock-based compensation strategy makes sense for your company or your client's company will depend on a number of factors. This article surveys the factors that may help you make that decision. 

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    Section 409A And Split-Dollar Life Insurance Arrangements

    [fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2008 12:00:00 PM / by Ken Ruthenberg

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    The IRS's final regulations under Code section 409A require that all deferred compensation arrangements must be in full compliance with Code section 409A effective as of January 1, 2009. To what extent does Code section 409A govern split-dollar life insurance arrangements? What compliance is required?

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