‘A Practical Guide to Employee Share Schemes’ by Nitzan Cohen


Paperback: 978-1-912687-46-6
Published: November 2019
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A practical guide to the only four available approved share and option schemes and some of the more popular unapproved share and option schemes. It includes other tax related concepts which, whilst not exclusively relevant to share schemes, allow the reader a better understanding of the tax implications that may arise when share and option schemes are exercised.

It is meant as an introduction to share schemes and is aimed at lawyers, other professionals, business owners and company directors. Readers will gain an understanding of what is currently available and how share schemes can benefit their clients’ or their own businesses and improve input from their employees.


Nitzan Cohen is a corporate tax consultant. A solicitor since the year 2000, he has worked in the city and other major firms as a corporate tax lawyer, and now provides consultancy services to law firms.

Nitzan advises on all corporate tax related matters including property and employment taxes and regularly lectures to lawyers, other professionals and business owners and directors on various tax matters including share schemes.


Chapter One – Background
Chapter Two – Readily Convertible Assets (RCAs)
Chapter Three – Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER)
Chapter Four – Employment Related Securities – Restricted Securities
Chapter Five – Employee Benefit Trust (EBT)
Chapter Six – Approved Schemes vs. Unapproved Schemes
Chapter Seven – Employees’ Share Schemes
Chapter Eight – Key Terms Used in Share Schemes
Chapter Nine – Approved Schemes
• Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI)
• Company Share Option Plan (CSOP)
• Save As You Earn (SAYE)
• Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
Chapter Ten – Unapproved Schemes
• Bonus Scheme/Phantom Option Scheme
• Share Option Scheme
• Joint Ownership Arrangement (JOA)
• Growth Shares
• Nil Paid Shares
• Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP)
Chapter Eleven – Conclusion