Part of our livestream series for startup founders:
A Primer on Stock Option Plans
7 September 2022 at 11am PT
Startups will often want to create a stock option plan to be able to recruit and retain top talent. How do you create and manage an effective stock option plan? What are the legal considerations, and how do startups use stock option plans to align the interests of founders, employees, and investors? In this panel discussion we’ll discuss all of these things as well as the common pitfalls and some thoughts on tax optimization. Register now.
Casey D. Knapp
Casey D. Knapp partners with clients to provide business-focused strategic advice related to the design and implementation of competitive executive compensation and employee benefit programs. Casey’s expertise includes advising on stock options, restricted stock, and other equity incentive plans, navigating Code Section 409A issues, negotiating executive employment agreements, structuring stay and retention bonuses, and advising companies on complex tax and ERISA issues in the context of change in control transactions. Read more.
André Thiollier is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, where he is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice. André’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, emerging growth and venture financings, and general corporate and business counseling. He represents a variety of clients ranging from late-stage private companies and strategic buyers to venture capital and private equity funds across various industries, including life sciences, technology, financial services, healthcare and outsourcing. Read more.
Silicon Valley Guy
Bret Waters has been in Silicon Valley his entire life as an entrepreneur, executive, and investor. Today he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford, runs the 4thly Startup Accelerator, and coaches startup CEO’s at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He’s successfully raised capital multiple times in his career, and the entrepreneurs he has worked with have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital. He’s been on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and been chief Mentor with the European Innovation Academy. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Read more.