The decision to float your company on the stock market is an important one, possibly the most important one your business will ever have to face, and one that most successful privately-owned companies will need to consider at some stage. Five years after start-up is a common time for companies to start considering floatation, once any teething troubles are ironed out and more capital is required to expand the business.
Long gone are the days when employees would receive pay cheques at the end of the week and possibly a Christmas bonus each year. Compensation for employees, particularly senior employees, has become increasingly complex as employers seek to incent specific behaviours among their executives. In addition, changing tax laws and the wild gyrations of the stock markets have made stock options more difficult to administer and less appealing to employees.
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