Participation schemes are a very effective instrument to motivate selected employees or the entire staff. Such participation can be implemented in various ways: While in some cases, simple annual gratuities or bonus schemes are most appropriate, the granting of virtual shares and phantom stocks has become in vogue recently. Schemes which provide for a „real" equity participation in the employer, such as stock option- and share matching programs, are also very common. Neuwerk assists you to align your economic goals with all legal prerequisites when introducing and adjusting participation schemes. We are highly familiar with the market standards (e.g. regarding rules on vesting, good leaver-/bad leaver clauses etc.). Participation schemes typically require a tight integration of employment law, corporate law and capital markets law – Neuwerk is your one-stop solution for all legal questions involved.