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FTI Consulting granted ‘Employment Inducement Awards’ to induce its new Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer to join the company. The Inducement Awards included a stock option grant that was ‘outside of the shareholder approved program’ but ‘subject to the same terms and conditions’. The options were to vest over a period of 3 years.

Among the terms unique to the Employment Inducement Awards, was a provision for acceleration of vesting of the options “upon certain termination of employment events and certain transactions involving the Company”.

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Take away:

  • Special provisions can be added to stock option plans to make them more attractive, especially in the case of an higher echelon executive.

 

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