Granting equity in your company to employees is a valuable tool for early-stage technology companies. However, understanding the variety of possibilities is daunting. The choices include ISO’s, non-qualified options, SAR’s, and phantom stock, and there are many subtleties that are not well understood. Long-time attorney and Villager Carl Johnston, will explain how companies can effectively use equity while avoiding complications and mistakes. Topics to be covered include:
What are the primary types of equity compensation
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type
How to decide which type is best for your company
How to avoid unpleasant tax “gotcha’s”
How to decide how much equity to grant to employees
No need to bring a legal dictionary, Carl is that rare attorney who speaks plain English! The session will include time for your questions, and will draw on Carl’s 30+ years as an attorney with major law firms, general counsel to two international corporations, and angel investor.
Carl is a lawyer with deep experience in all of the issues faced by early stages companies, starting with forming the entity and granting equity to employees through raising equity funds from investors, technology licensing, and mergers and acquisitions. He began his career with the Washington, DC law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale). Besides his many years of private practice, he also served as General Counsel of two large Japanese-owned companies and before law school he worked as a CPA. With his broad experience, he is the rare lawyer with deep expertise who is also practical and understands the underlying businesses of his clients. He is a partner with FisherBroyles LLP, which is the largest law firm world-wide that is structured on a cloud-based model, and he is active in Atlanta Technology Angels and other local technology and investment organizations.