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Managing Your Equity Compensation When Working for a Private Company

Managing equity compensation benefits when you work for a private firm is quite different from those you can expect to receive from a public company. In this post, I’ll explain the important rules and opportunities you should understand if you are in this situation

What You Should Know When Negotiating Your Equity Compensation Benefits

The ever-evolving biopharma and life sciences sector provides numerous opportunities for talented employees to change jobs in order to find more challenging, well-paid opportunities. The strong demand for talent requires employers to offer lucrative and comprehensive equity compensation packages, along with attractive salaries, annual bonuses, and sign-on bonuses. Here are five points to consider when you negotiate your equity compensation benefits.

Tips for Managing Your Equity Compensation Grants During a Merger or Acquisition

Over the past many years, M&A activity have increased substantially in the life sciences field to create partnerships that allows for strategic growth and to deliver turnkey results for patients and to cure diseases.

These activities bring with themselves more complicated solutions as it comes to equity grants – especially as there are multiple ways stock options or stock grants can be transferred at time of transition and it will mainly depend on the two negotiating parties. We will address changes to stock options and Restricted Stock (RSUs) in time of acquisition in this article - as these are the most frequent grants.

Changing Jobs? 5 Strategies to Ensure You Don’t Leave Money On The Table

Before you hand in your resignation letter to your current employer, think about the various company stock grants you may be leaving behind and how to maximize their value before, during, and after your career transition. Here are five factors you should consider.

The Growing Popularity of Employee Stock Purchase Plans and a Guide to Understanding Their Main Features

Employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) have been a popular benefit, especially within the technology sector. While they are relatively new to the biopharma and healthcare sectors, I’ve been coming across them more often as part of companies’ benefit packages. Here are the top features of ESPPs and how to make the best of this benefit.

Understanding Your Equity Compensation Grants in the New Year

The beginning of a new year often comes with new equity compensation grants, such as stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, or performance shares. To help you maximize the value of these benefits, let’s review the basics for the most common equity grants, how they’re taxed, and the potential benefits of each. 

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act

On December 20, 2019, the SECURE Act was signed into law. In this article, we will address what the SECURE Act entails and who it affects, as well as provide suggestions on how to plan for the changes that have been instituted.

The Section 83(b) Election: What It Is, and How You Could Benefit

What is a Section 83(b) election? Why do so few people decide to use this seemingly tax-favorable election when receiving shares of restricted stock? Here are a few key details to keep in mind.

New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Financial Goals

The beginning of a new year — or in this year’s case, a new decade — is an appropriate time to pause and reflect with renewed positivity and hope on what the future may bring. For me, January is the time of year when I sit down and set personal and professional goals.

Reflections From a Canoe Trip on the Little Danube

How a Sunday canoe outing with family members reinforced the importance of financial planning and discipline.

I grew up in a small town on the Csepel Island, just 15 miles south of Budapest, Hungary. This island is one of many along the Danube River. Growing up in Hungary, we spent our summers by the beaches of the smaller portion of the Danube that was excellent for swimming and boating. During my trip home this summer, my sister decided we should revisit this beautiful area. So she, my 14-year old nephew, and I went on a canoe trip.