With over 40 years of experience, and providing services to 250 companies across Asia, we are committed to sharing insights into many aspects of share plans. Our experts will answer your questions, from multi-jurisdictional share plan management, financial reporting, trust set-up and management and more.

Cliff Huang
Vice President,
Computershare Plan Managers Asia

What is the difference between a Share Option Scheme and Share Award Scheme?

When it comes to non-contributory employee share plans, there are two main options. Share Option Schemes (SOS) and Share Award Schemes (SAS).

What is an employee share plan trust?

An employee share plan trust is a trust set up between the Company and the Independent Trustee for the purpose of acquiring and safekeeping of the Company’s shares, under an employee share plan.

How can company "insiders" trade during the blackout period in the US market, given SEC restrictions?

It is common for corporate executives to use a 10b5-1 plan to ensure adherence to insider trading laws and to avoid any chance of accusations of insider trading in the US market.

At what stage and scale of company development do Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) become appropriate?

There are no general rules or restrictions as to when your company should choose to implement share incentives. Every company will have different goals and size of employee population depending on what stage of development they are in. This will therefore drive the type of share plan that is most suitable for them.

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