Employee share option plan (ESOP) for a digital marketing startup

10 November 2020

Startups, Private Equity, Private companies

A client, a high-growth foreign-owned Bulgarian startup recently approached NBLO for advice on the next phase of its growth needs. Our task was to help the client implement an employee share option plan (also known as an ’employee stock option plan’ or ‘ESOP’ in US usage). As a startup keen to incentivise performance in the longer-term, our client needed something that worked equally well for both employees and key associates. Employee share option plans were historically the preserve of multinationals, but are now essential to the toolkit of startups. 

The final document took into consideration the necessity for changes in the company’s capital structure and corporate organisation. The Bulgarian corporate law of private companies in particular is not ideally-suited to an employee share option plan, but we managed to find a way to satisfy both all legal requirements and our client’s need for modern corporate instruments for growth.

NBLO regularly assist clients on employment related matters. For further information, please contact us via our website form or at [email protected]. We will be happy to assist you.

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