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Mahesh Varia

Mahesh trained at Travers Smith and is a partner and head of the employee incentives group. He advises companies, directors, trustees and employees on a wide range of issues, both in the context of corporate transactions and on a consultancy basis.

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Head of Employee Incentives:
Mahesh Varia

Employee Incentives

The delivery of tax-efficient and commercial employee incentives is often key to the future success of a company.

Mahesh Varia leads the Employee Incentives Group which specialises in advising our clients on the design, implementation and operation of incentive arrangements.

The group is a leader in the design of bespoke incentives as well as UK Revenue approved plans. Not only are we able to advise clients on the tax structuring of incentive arrangements, but also advise on the related company law, employment law, regulatory, corporate governance and trust law issues.

The success of incentive plans is due as much to how they are communicated to participants as to their structuring. Preparing employee-friendly documentation is second nature to us. We also assist our clients with the communication process.

Our clients include companies (whether listed, private equity backed or owner managed), executives, non-executives and trustees of employee trusts. We advise on diverse arrangements, from UK enterprise management incentive option plans to international share offers, and deferred share plans to cash bonus arrangements.  We have a wealth of experience in working with clients through every stage of the implementation process and the ongoing operation of incentive arrangements.

"Offering leading advisory and transaction expertise on large scale matters for listed and non-listed clients...'Mahesh Varia is recommended'."

The Legal 500

We have recently advised clients on the design and implementation of:

  • company share option plans (approved and unapproved) (CSOPs)
  • sharesave plans
  • share incentive plans (SIPs)
  • long-term incentive plans (LTIPs)
  • enterprise management incentive options (EMI)
  • employee share offers
  • deferred share bonus plans
  • onshore and offshore employee benefit trusts (EBTs)
  • cash/phantom bonus plans
  • PAYE settlements and litigation