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22 April 2024
OPINION: THE MOMENT IS RIPE FOR EXPANDING EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP IN CANADA
External News

Vancouver Sun

Design and strategy
All plan types
Canada

 

This article advocates for greater democratization of workplaces, highlighting the absence of democratic rights for workers despite their significant time spent in these environments. It discusses the potential benefits of enabling employees to have more control and ownership in their workplaces, citing examples of successful employee-owned firms in Canada and abroad. The article also outlines various public policy options, including the creation of Employee Ownership Trusts, to facilitate the expansion of democratic employee ownership in Canada and address barriers such as limited access to capital.

ARTICLE
16 April 2024
STUDY: BOARD GENDER QUOTAS DON’T IMPROVE EXECUTIVE DIVERSITY
External News

Personnel Today

Executive pay
Executive plans
India

 

Research indicates that while board gender quotas can enhance female representation at the board level, they do not increase the number of women appointed to executive positions within organizations, as seen in India's case. Instead, appointing women to positions of authority on boards, such as executive directors, positively impacts the careers of women at lower levels, potentially due to their influence in senior management recruitment. The study underscores the need for policies that focus on increasing women's representation across all levels of senior management, rather than solely targeting board appointments, as highlighted by the forthcoming Women on Boards directive in the European Union.

ARTICLE
14 April 2024
AV CONSTRUCTION WORKS WITH THE MENKE GROUP TO ADOPT THE EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP MODEL WITH AN EMPLOYEE STOCK OWNERSHIP PLAN (ESOP)
External News

Menke

Design and strategy
Stock options
USA

 

The Menke Group facilitated AV Construction's transition to becoming 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), allowing employees to benefit from company ownership and ensuring a strong succession plan. ESOPs, which incentivize and reward employee productivity, offer advantages to both employees and company owners seeking to maintain independence and community presence. With ESOPs particularly effective in companies reliant on human capital, AV Construction aims to provide excellent retirement benefits while maintaining its commitment to healthcare development excellence.

ARTICLE
11 April 2024
READY TO LAUNCH: US STOCK MARKETS ARE POISED FOR A STRONG 2024
External News

White and Case LLP

General
USA

 

The US IPO market, although challenging over the past two years, shows signs of improvement in 2024 as interest rates stabilize and stock valuations recover. Despite geopolitical uncertainty, IPO proceeds reached US$23.94 billion last year, a marginal increase from 2022, with the market showing resilience and attracting cross-border listings. Technology and biotech sectors are driving IPO activity, buoyed by strong investor support and market performance, while ongoing geopolitical tensions and market volatility remain challenges for potential issuers. However, a positive start to the year and pent-up demand may encourage more companies to pursue IPOs in 2024.

ARTICLE
11 April 2024
COMING OF AGE: A STRONG YEAR FOR INDIA’S CAPITAL MARKETS
External News

White and Case LLP

Private and pre-IPO companies
All plan types
India

 

India's robust IPO activity in 2023, with 234 listings raising US$7.89 billion, reflects the country's strong domestic economy and rising corporate earnings, positioning it as a bright spot amid global IPO trends. The second half of the year saw particularly buoyant activity, contributing to India's climb to the world's seventh-largest market by total market capitalization. With momentum carrying into 2024, India anticipates further IPOs across various sectors, driven by favorable market conditions, increasing foreign capital inflows, and a growing middle class investing in equity markets. Additionally, initiatives like the establishment of an international finance center in Gujarat aim to enable Indian businesses to access global capital markets more efficiently, signaling India's outward-looking approach amid its rise as a leading global economy.

ARTICLE
11 April 2024
NO MEDALS FOR AUSTRALIA IN INAUGURAL SURVEY OF EMPLOYEE SHARE SCHEMES

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Data and business intelligence
All plan types
Global

Australia is trailing behind the US and advanced European economies in implementing employee share schemes, as revealed by the first global survey spearheaded by tax partner Shaun Cartoon and lawyer Eileen Liu. Conducted by a team of specialists from Arnold Bloch Leibler, Baker McKenzie, KPMG, and Tapestry Compliance, along with issuers and academics, the survey measured operating environments across 26 countries. Australia's complex tax rules and regulatory constraints on unlisted companies have hindered the scaling up of share plans, with tax incentives playing a significant role in decision-making for companies.

IN-PERSON CONFERENCE
9 April 2024, 8am - 11 April 2024, 5pm CDT
GEO'S 25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Annual Conference

LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

Global

We look forward to welcoming you to GEO's 25th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Join more than 500+ global company directors, senior managers, stock plan, HR, reward and benefits professionals in Music City this April to explore best practice in equity compensation and work together to drive a vision for future employee share ownership.

This year's conference promises to be bigger and better than ever as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. 

IN-PERSON CONFERENCE
8 April 2024, All day CDT
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION MATTERS - NASHVILLE
ECM
Executive plans
Global

This one-day event held the day before GEO's 25th Annual Conference brings together thought leaders and practitioners who will address the key issues and trends in global executive compensation, C-suite and Board priorities, and evolving business and broader societal issues.

 

VIRTUAL CHAPTER EVENT
25 April 2024, 12 - 1pm EDT
TORONTO VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING
TORONTO THUMB
Workplace solutions
Canada

SESSION ONE: HOW BLACKOUT PERIODS IMPACT EQUITY AWARDS
What are the different ways issuers address blackout periods in their equity incentive awards, including how blackout periods impact the timing for granting or settlement of awards and the calculation of award values?  What have regulators said? What if a special blackout is in place when annual awards are scheduled to be made?  The event will focus on gathering market perspectives and sharing practices from various organizations

SESSION TWO: LTIP TREATMENT FOR RETIRESS: EVOLUTION, CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICES
The purpose of this session is to address the complexities and considerations surrounding the treatment of retirees in the context of LTIPs within the share plan world. The session will explore how the treatment of retirees has evolved over the years, the challenges it presents, and best practices for dealing with retirees and good leavers.

COST:
There is no cost for this chapter meeting, but registration is required. Both GEO members and non-members are welcome.

 

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