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Employee Compensation & Equity: Preparing for Growth

April 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Understanding equity compensation is crucial as you prepare to grow and scale your team.  Learn how to create an equity plan that’s both attractive to new hires and promotes retention.  We’ll discuss best equity compensation practices from a legal and accounting perspective when hiring, firing and incentivizing your team that will align with your startup’s fundraising and growth goals.

Questions that will be covered include:

  • What is equity and how do you allocate it?
  • As an early stage company with little revenue, how should I think about equity when hiring?
  • How should I structure my non-competes and protect my IP rights?
  • Who should receive equity now and over time?
  • How do I determine “market” compensation for my sector and stage?
  • What is the difference between shares, stock options and profits interests?
  • What should founders and C-Suite team members receive now and through key milestones?
  • What are the tax implications for me and my team?
  • How should I structure offer letters and termination policies?

Lunch will be provided.

Will Bernat

Will Bernat

Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Will Bernat is a partner and co-chairs Nutter’s Emerging Companies Group. Will also co-leads the firm’s Food and Beverage group. Clients routinely rely on Will to help them navigate through private equity, venture capital, and angel financing transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, and other corporate governance issues.

Tech, life sciences, consumer/retail, and food & beverage companies look to Will for assistance throughout their entire lifespans, from initial planning and formation to operations and exit, including formulating the strategy to realize their business goals and to build the foundation necessary to secure third-party investment. Investors in emerging growth companies seek Will’s counsel when structuring their financing transactions. Will has counseled clients in angel and venture-backed financings representing an aggregate of over $100 million in investment in local early-stage companies.

Chris Lindstrom

Chris Lindstrom

Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Chris Lindstrom is a partner in the Business Department at Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston, MA and a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group. Clients rely on Chris’ broad experience in complex civil litigation matters that have crossed industries ranging from insurance to medical device to telecommunications to healthcare to banking. Clients frequently engage Chris on all aspects of prosecuting and defending against breaches of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements as well as trade secret misappropriation. Chris often advises on the development and implementation of nationwide and local non-compete strategies, including drafting agreements, enforcing restrictions short of litigation, and filing or defending against complaints seeking injunctive relief and damages.


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April 1
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Nutter McClennen & Fish
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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