Business Law & Order - What You Don’t Know Can Cost You - Getting Equity Compensation Right

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Ann Arbor SPARK
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Type: 
Business Training
For Entrepreneurs
SPARK Events
SPARK Central
330 E. Liberty, Lower Level
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Compensating employees with equity compensation is not uncommon, particularly with start-up companies.  Unfortunately, what also is not uncommon are unforeseen consequences detrimental to the business or employee when equity plans are poorly structured.  Our panel of experienced attorneys will discuss a myriad of equity related issues, including:  positive and negative aspects of stock options (ISOs or NQOs?); founders stock, restricted stock and 83(b) elections, as well as common pitfalls, including fair market value, change in control and permissible payment dates under Code Section 409A; which employees are given equity; what equity grant vesting and buyback restrictions are typical and why, and what impact does equity compensation have on mergers and IPOs?


Melvin J. Muskovitz
Dykema Gossett PLLC


Charles M. Russman
Bodman PLC                        

Margaret Hunter
Dykema Gossett PLLC


5 – 5:15 p.m.          Registration and Networking
5:15 – 7 p.m.          Program

Registration ends 24 hours before the event.

Business Law & Order will be streamed live:

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About Business Law & Order:
Starting a new business is complicated: there are many t’s to cross and i’s to dot. The Business Law & Order Legal Series will give entrepreneurs insight into some of the most important legal issues they must consider during business formation. Some of these issues include: proper business structure, intellectual property protection, founders and key employee compensation, considerations regarding employees versus independent contractors, doing business overseas and commercial agreements. The sessions will help new business owners understand their options and make better decisions relating to the structure, organization and management of their business.

The presentations, whether in the main group or the break-out sessions if any, are informational only and were prepared to summarize a particular legal topic. The presentations do not constitute legal or professional advice and are not meant to address any individuals particular legal circumstances.  You are encouraged to consult with any of the attorneys presenting if you have specific questions relating to any of the topics covered in their presentation.


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