Venture Capital Insights | Fieldfisher
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Our goal? If you are active in the venture capital sector, we want to provide you with pragmatic insights from industry experts, and to do this in a few short interactive workshops of 1.5 hours.

How? By providing a 360° approach of each topic, addressing them from a financial, tax and legal perspective, and by focusing on practical cases, lessons learned and best practices, we intend to create a real added value for our participants. These workshops will provide the opportunity to interact, share views, network with their peers and bring home some key take-aways and best practices.

Extra: a guest keynote speaker notorious in the VC sector will take part in each session.

In practice: to the extent permitted by the sanitary context, each session is a "live" event (accessible by videoconference as well) with a closing lunch.

When? 4 sessions will be organised in the coming months. The first session will take place on Thursday 7 October 2021, and will focus on the topic of "Employee Stock Options Plan". The following session will respectively focus on the following topics:
  • Convertible financing
  • Equity rights
  • Fundraising
Stay tuned for more information and for dates and time.

Session 1 - Employee Stock Option Plan
The first topic of the VC Insights series focuses on private companies' stock options plans. This topic covers options or warrants of a company granted by private companies to all employees or self-employed in the framework of their work relationship with such company. This regime is particularly attractive as it benefits from a favourable tax regime.
During this session, we will address practical issues that may arise, such as: 
  • Why granting stock options to my staff? (entrepreneur's perspective)
  • What are the tax and legal pitfalls of stock options plans? (tax and legal perspective)
  • How to value stock options and what are the related points of attention? (auditor's perspective)
  • What status for the stock options holders at general meetings and particularly in case of capital increase? (corporate perspective)