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Retaining Talent Amidst Falling Share Prices and Underwater Options

Recently, many companies have found themselves with a significant portion of their employees’ outstanding stock options “underwater” or “out of the money” due to plummeting share prices.  This downward pressure is due in part to...
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Harnessing the Magic of Elon for Everyone

The stock option package granted to the CEO of Tesla in early 2018 made significant headlines and waves in the compensation industry. It was decried for its size ($2.3B disclosed value), but it was also...
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Looking Out for Your Essential Workers

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to furlough workers and contemplate permanent layoffs, and has also driven share prices down. Consequently, companies are discussing ways to retain and motivate key executives by modifying performance...
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10 Ways the Recent Market Volatility and Overall Uncertainty Can Impact Your Equity Plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every daily norm and has caused extreme market volatility that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. There are countless ways that high volatility and depressed stock prices...
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The Grant Sizing Challenge

Once your organization decides that it’s going to grant performance shares contingent on Relative Total Shareholder Return ("RTSR"), one of the first and most impactful decisions is how you’re going to determine the “target” grant...