Tick Tock of Stock Options
Published by Founders Circle
Mandated by US tax rules, unexercised employee stock options expire 10 years from date of grant and are absorbed back into the company. Historically, this was never a problem because the incentive stock model familiar to everyone was designed when companies aimed to go public as soon as they viably could. Now that top companies are staying private longer they’re being forced to rethink how they manage employee incentive stock programs.
We spoke with Lynda Galligan, a partner at Goodwin who specializes in compensation and benefits issues, and Anthony McCusker, chair of Goodwin’s Technology Companies Practice, about the challenges the 10-year lifespan for options creates for companies in this new environment and steps they can take to help their most valued employees.
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