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Mark Ife

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Employment, Pensions and Incentives



Mark specialises in remuneration and employee incentives, advising listed and private companies and LLPs.


Mark specialises in remuneration and employee incentives, advising companies, both listed and private, and LLPs, on the establishment and operation of cash and equity based incentive arrangements, their taxation and the effects of corporate actions. Mark also advises on corporate governance, including investor guidelines and the reporting of remuneration and, for financial services clients, on compliance with the various regulatory regimes applying to remuneration.

Mark is a co-author of Employee Share Schemes published by Bloomsbury Professional; a contributor to Revenue Law – Principles and Practice on the taxation of share plans; and author of the United Kingdom chapter on share plans in Employee Share Plans: International Legal and Tax Issues published by Globe Law and Business.

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Mark Ife - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'absolutely fabulous' department has 'unparalleled experience' with 'excellent industry knowledge and a professional approach that separatesĀ it out in the market'. The team handles the full range of share plan and incentives work including transactional support and regulatory issues. Recent highlights include advising Sky on the share elements of its proposed acquisition by 21st Century Fox, acting for Millenium and Copthorne Hotels on the incentives aspects of a cash offer by its controlling shareholder, and assisting the Bank of Montreal with the implementation of a pan-European deferred compensation plan. Other clients include British American Tobacco, The Berkeley Group and Hammerson. The 'pragmatic, decisive and experienced'Ā Paul EllermanĀ leads the group, which also fields the 'outstanding'Ā Mark Ife, who is 'one of the leading lawyers in the field', and senior associateĀ Bradley Richardson, who is 'approachable, supportive and practical'.

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