Jeremy Goldstein Explains Why Companies Should Still Use Stock Options.

Having worked with many organizations, attorney Jeremy Goldstein has discovered that most corporations no longer provide stock options to their employees. Though most firms normally do this to save money, there are normally more complex reasons which facilitate this a decision. Goldstein has identified three major causes that push companies to shelf this benefit which include:

  1. A significant drop in the company’s stock value may result in employees losing the stock option benefit. However, a report of the associated expenses is still required from the businesses, and the option overhang risk still glares at the stock-holders.
  2. Stock options can cause huge accounting burdens, resulting in more expenses from the relevant cost as compared to the financial advantage. Employees are normally interested in higher salaries than on stock options benefits from their employers.
  3. Many employees are now cautious of the stock options compensation method. In most cases, stock options may be rendered worthless during economic downturns, making them not much better than casino tokens rather than actual money.

Benefits of Stock Options.

However, Goldstein states that stock options may still be preferable to equities, more salary, or better insurance coverage due to their simple understandability and ability to equalize staff value.

For earning to increase through stock options, there must be a rise in the company’s share value. This encourages employees to work harder to enhance the company’s success since they know its a part of their personal investments.

Since it may be difficult for companies to provide equities to employees, due to high tax burdens especially if they have compensation packages for top management, stock options may be a better option then.

How do corporations change the Stock options negative mentality in employees?

Using the above-listed benefits as well as embracing the right strategy can enable companies to continue issuing these benefits to employees. The company also need to ensure there are limited overhangs.

Adopting the “knockout” barrier option may be the best solution for this issue. It limits overhang threats.

Jeremy’s Background.

Jeremy L. Goldstein is the owner of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC. In his law firm he and his partners are dedicated to giving advice on corporate governance and executive compensation matters to CEOs, compensation committees, corporations, and management teams. Attorney Goldstein and his team are more so involved in the arise of sensitive situations in corporations as well as when there are transformative corporate events.

Goldstein’s law firm has worked with several major companies such as United Technologies, Bank of America Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Merck, NYSE Group Inc among others. Previously, Goldstein was working with Watchtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm as well as at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Goldstein attended New York University School of Law. He is currently a practicing attorney in New York City. Learn more: