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Robert Postlethwaite


Location London


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About Robert

I am the founder and managing director of Postlethwaite, an employee owned legal practice specialising in employee share schemes and employee ownership. We have four experienced lawyers in our team, all of whom worked as partners or senior lawyers in national or international corporate law firms.

I have twenty years' experience of helping private and listed companies design, implement and run employee share ownership and incentive schemes. My personal experience includes structuring several successful employee buyouts (including both private and public sector bodies), creating employee trusts and ESOPs, helping a diverse range of private and listed companies create employee share schemes and advising on the share scheme taxation and legal issues which arise in a variety of corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and flotations.

Our work also includes advising companies on the transition to 100% or majority employee ownership.

Employee ownership
Employee-led mutuals (ELM)
Employee share schemes, including EMI options, company share option plans (CSOPs), long term incentive plans (LTIPs), SAYE option schemes, share incentive plans (SIPs), UK stock option plans for US companies, non-approved options.
Ranked as a leading individual by Chambers and Legal 500

About their firm

A specialist firm of UK solicitors focusing exclusively on employee ownership and share schemes, we will help you establish an employee share scheme that is tailored to your business.

Our team has wide experience of delivering employee share ownership plans for both private and listed companies, from start-ups to major international companies. Whether you are looking at share ownership (or share options) for your key employees or full employee ownership involving everyone in your company, you will find us committed, enthusiastic and rigorous partners in helping you design the right arrangement for your business, complete its legal implementation and – critically – ensure that its participants know how it works .

As a team of expert share scheme lawyers, our experience of a wide range of commercial transactions and situations ensures that we can help you manage your share scheme through a range of corporate transactions in which your company may become involved, such as a merger, acquisition, restructuring or flotation (IPO).

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by Evgeny (Startup) on 2 Oct, 2015

I needed a last-minute second opinion on an EMI annual report, and Robert instantly got back to me agreeing to help. His colleague Stephen reviewed the documents on the same day, providing a clear, well-structured explanation of the outstanding issues with the document – exactly what I needed.