How Does Your Stock Plan Team Stack Up?

More than 200 public and private companies recently participated in our stock plan administration benchmark survey. From technology providers to healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, there was a wide range of participation across industries and equity plan design. Here is what we found to be true around how teams are spending their time, weaknesses and strengths in regards to technical skills, and a few ideas on how you can improve processes.

First Official Recommendation from the Investor Advocate

On February 24, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission established the Office of the Investor Advocate. According to the SEC, the purpose of the Office of the Investor Advocate encompasses three core functions: (1) to provide a voice for investors, (2) to assist retail investors, and (3) to support the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee.

Creating an Epic Partnership with Your Broker

Developing a strong relationship with the right broker is an essential component for a public company’s equity compensation program. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right choice, but doing so can have a very large effect on the success of your plan. There are a few critical elements to creating and maintaining a solid broker partnership including: asking the right questions from the get-go, initiating a successful roll out of your new broker and leveraging their educational resources.

Back To The Future – Should Stock Incentive Plans Impose Grant Limits on Non-Employee Director Awards?

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On April 30, 2015, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware rendered an important case decision in a procedural matter dealing with the equity compensation of non-employee members of a company’s board of directors. As we discuss in this blog, companies may wish to evaluate their equity compensation plans and ascertain whether their process regarding non-employee director equity awards needs any adjustments in light of Calma.

7th Annual New England NASPP Regional Conference – Be There!

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The 7th Annual Regional New England Conference will be held in the Greater Hartford, CT area on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. As those who have attended a Connecticut/Boston conference in the past know, this well-established event is an excellent opportunity for learning and networking with equity compensation colleagues.

Participant Portal Heightens Equity Plan Success

What may seem like the simplest award structure to you as a stock plan administrator, can feel like a foreign concept to participants. A critical element to equity plan success is participant comprehension and engagement, and the most effective way to increase these key elements is employing an online participant portal.

Four Steps to Prepare Your Equity Comp Plan for an Acquisition

Preparing for an acquisition can feel a bit daunting for most. There are lots of moving parts and decisions to be made – not only about the course of action for the company and its employees, but also for the equity awards of both the parent and the target company. While many of these decisions and actions will be made once the acquisition process has begun, there are a few steps you can take in advance to better prepare your equity compensation plan for a corporate action.

Participant Perceptions – A Fidelity Global Research Survey

Whether you are a U.S. based or global company, one question remains constant – is your equity compensation enhancing employee loyalty and motivation? Participant perception is such an integral element to stock plan success, and it is also one that remains difficult to quantify. Fidelity Stock Plan Services conducted a third installment of its participant research survey and reported the results in comparison to survey results from years past. The findings illustrate the trends in participant attitudes toward equity compensation plans.