The appeal of stock option plans (SOP) is undeniable. Indeed, by linking employees' personal gains to the growth of the company's share value, a SOP offers a flexible form of compensation as well as a long-term incentive program.
Anyone following the financial news over the last number of years has no doubt noticed the increasing frequency with which corporations are merging, or being bought out by other corporations. This often results in efficiencies for the corporations, hopefully leading to greater profit. However, the impact on the employees is often overlooked. Whether the transaction is a share purchase, asset purchase, or other type of structure, the impact on the buyers and sellers is clear. However, the impact on the employees is often less certain.