One week ago, on Wednesday September 1, 2021, the website Ivy Exec published under “Business Strategy” an article I wrote on “Phantom Stock as Executive Compensation for Family Businesses.”
This new article is designed not only for C-level and senior executives, but even for many directors and mid-level executives, who currently work in a family business or are offered a position in a family business and received NO executive equity compensation because most family businesses do not issue equity to non-family members.
My article discusses the use of phantom stock as a mean to give the executive a substitute to equal for him or her all the benefits of stock, options or RSUs. This technique also benefits the family business by not only avoiding use of actual stock and offering a key executive recruitment / retention tool but also providing a technique where all payments are tax deductible.
The technique is highly beneficial to CEOs and senior executives because it not only gives him or her a meaningful stake in the growth of the company, but also offers the possibility for capital gains level taxation, plus a liquidity feature often missing in stock plans of private companies.
To see my full IvyExec Career Advice website article, go to LINK: https://www.ivyexec.com/career-advice/2021/phantom-stock-as-executive-compensation-for-family-businesses/
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It is my hope that this article will be of benefit to C-level and senior executives who have the opportunity or should have the opportunity to gain an equity stake in the family businesses that their management skills and efforts or helping to build, so that you along with the family owners can share in the benefits of that company growth.
Family business owners do have good reason to avoid taking on minority owners, but that does not mean you, as the non-family executive, need to be deprived of the kind of equity or equity-like stake you would receive in a non-family business. My article suggests a way to do this — to the benefit of the non-family executive and the family business owners too. Feel free to tweet or share this article. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me.
On September 6, 2017, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “Getting the Benefits of Equity Compensation from Family Businesses through Phantom Stock.”This article was designed for CEOs, C-suite executives and other senior executives who currently work in a family business or are offered a position in a family business and receive now or are offered NO equity compensation because most family businesses do not issue equity to non-family members.
My article discusses the use of Phantom stock as a mean to give the executive a substitute to equal for him or her all the benefits that stock, options or RSUs would provide to the executive in a non-family business.
Techniques used in the past and offered to the reader can produce a true “win-win” by providing key benefits to the family business as well as to the CEO or other senior executive, including the following
My article includes a hypothetical example, where a 55-year-old executive is to take the CEO position as successor to the 75-year-old family CEO. In this example, the successor CEO negotiates for the establishment of a phantom stock plan as a condition to taking the position. The intention is that the successor CEO receive phantom stock under the phantom stock plan as an important part of his (her) executive compensation package and that the plan would continue after that to enable the successor CEO to use phantom stock to recruit other non-family senior executives to further bolster management of the family business.
To see my full CEOWorld magazine. article, go to LINK: http://ceoworld.biz/2017/09/06/getting-the-benefits-of-equity-compensation-from-family-businesses-through-phantom-stock/
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It is my hope that this article will be helpful to (1) CEOs and senior executives working in family businesses, (2) CEOs and senior executives considering taking positions in family businesses, and (3) leaders of family businesses seeking to recruit non-family members as the new CEO or other senior executives. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me, your executive employment lawyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-875-8665.