Incentives, Executive Compensation Programs and Equity Plans

Frost Brown Todd's employee benefits lawyers provide practical legal advice regarding employee compensation and executive compensation programs, enabling our clients to reward and retain top performing executives. We help clients design and implement executive compensation and equity compensation. In doing so, we provide practical business advice while also helping clients work through legal compliance requirements. We strive to achieve our clients’ business objectives while minimizing legal risk and tax burdens.

We have in-depth experience designing and assisting clients with implementation and administration of a wide array of short-term and long-term executive compensation plans, stock option plans and other types of equity-based compensation programs. Like other types of plans, there are an increasing number of compliance obligations for executive plans of certain employers and in certain industries, such as required claw-back provisions. Tax Code Section 409A also must be taken into account in design and operation of plans, or executives are subject to 20% higher income taxes. FBT has experience in corporate governance, securities regulation and reporting, insurance law, tax rules, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This experience makes us uniquely qualified to handle the challenges of management incentives and succession planning, for organizations from the smallest family-owned businesses to large public companies.

Services include:

  • Individual Incentive Packages
  • Equity Compensation Plans
  • Deferred Compensation Arrangements and Supplemental Retirement Plans
  • Employment Contracts
  • Bonus Plans
  • Life Insurance Arrangements
  • Succession Planning
  • Change in Control Agreements
  • Public and Other Regulated Industry Compliance and Reporting