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1 GEO UK Chapter Meeting Tuesday 1 July 2014 Simmons & Simmons

2 Agenda  Introduction – Nicholas Greenacre  Forfeiture and clawback – Ian Fraser and Andrea Finn  Pensions Deregulation – Nick McMenemy  GEO Global Equity Insights – Jay Foley and Ralph Beidelman  Drinks and canapés (7pm)

3 Dates for your Diary etc  14 November 2014 – Pan European Regional Event, Paris  Presenters Notified late July  April 2015 – Annual Conference, London  RFP – 8 September – 17 October  GEO connect  Online member only community

4 Forfeiture and clawback clauses are becoming more common (and not just in the financial services sector) – how enforceable are they? Ian Fraser and Andrea Finn 1 July 2014 GEO – UK/CI Chapter meeting

5 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 4 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Overview Why do organisations introduce deferral (and clawback and forfeiture)? What are the benefits? Are provisions enforceable in the UK? What are the avenues for challenge? Some practical issues

6 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 5 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Why defer remuneration? Why introduce power of clawback and forfeiture? Regulatory requirements Alignment of interests and control Retention tool Share costs of misconduct and fines

7 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 6 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Avenues for legal challenge Penalty clause –Breach of contract –Condition to entitlement Restraint of trade –Good leaver clauses and/or specific non-compete provisions Uncertainty and discretion UCTA

8 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 7 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Avenues for legal challenge Discrimination – relevant as cause of action and value of claims following departure Constructive unfair and wrongful dismissal Challenge to choice of law and jurisdiction clauses given connection to employment (For UK banks, PCBS recommendations)

9 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 8 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Practical issues Enforcement Tax Accounting Competitive Disadvantage Pressure to increase salary / fixed pay Flight risk?

10 © Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated partnerships and other entities. 9 / L_LIVE_EMEA1: v1 Questions?

11 Pensions deregulation – can a pension work as part of a Long Term Incentive Plan? NICK MCMENEMY Director, Head of Consulting | 1 st July 2014

12 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Agenda About Arthur J. Gallagher Pensions & Long Term Incentive Plans Recent Pension Legislation changes Some examples Questions 11

13 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Arthur J. Gallagher 12 Award-Winning Employee Benefits and Wealth Management Consultancy, both in the UK and internationally Global organisation with global reach - grown to become part of one of the largest insurance and risk management organisations in the world Founded in 1927, now employs over 16,300 employees with operations in 24 countries and an extended network of partner brokers and consultants in 140 territories

14 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Background Political pressure for deferred remuneration Employers seeking creative and attractive remuneration solutions for senior execs and top talent Recent pension changes make them more relevant and worth revisiting 13

15 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Pension as long term incentive No withdrawal until age 55 (except in serious ill-health) 25% tax free lump sum with residual fund as ‘income’ Tax on ‘income’ at relevant Income Tax rate Restrictive rules on passing funds to spouse & dependants 14 Limitations:

16 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Pension as long term incentive Income Tax relief Tax-protected growth – no CGT, Income Tax or Inheritance Tax No ‘cliff edge’ retirement Annuities – high price of secure income? Immediate Vesting Personal Pensions 15 The Advantages:

17 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Share Incentive Plans £3,000 of free shares or £1,500 (capped at 10% of salary) partnership shares (with 2:1 employer match) or dividend shares Tax and NI payable if withdrawing shares within 5 years CGT-free if shares kept in plan plus annual CGT exemption Transfer shares into Pension within 90 days of taking them out of the SIP – treated as payable net of basic rate (20%) tax so grossed up plus further Income Tax to claim On death, shares sold back to employer or passed to personal estate and liable to IHT 16 The Basics:

18 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ LTIPs There are various LTIP structures No tax liability upon granting On vesting, Income Tax at value of shares (plus NI if ‘readily convertible assets’) On disposal, Capital Gains Tax if over annual exemption Entrepreneur’s relief gives a reduced 10% CGT rate (rare in large firms) Inheritance Tax is payable by estate on death if value flows to spouse 17 The Basics:

19 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Deferring variable remuneration 40% deferred to 3 to 5 years for a material risk taker Recommended increase to 60% if amount £500,000 or more 50% paid in shares and should be retained for 6 months after relevant vesting date Deferred amounts should be subject to forfeiture Variations on the above across sectors and individual companies 18 One example :

20 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Annual Allowance £40,000 in 2014/15 tax year Tax relief on contributions Tax charge applies to the excess – scheme pays? Annual Allowance includes employer contributions Carry forward up to 3 years 19

21 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Lifetime Allowance Limit on an individual’s fund - £1.25 million for 2014/15 tax year Assessed when benefits drawn (or on death) Includes Registered Group Life schemes Includes Defined Benefit pensions: 25:1 or 20:1 55% tax charge on unprotected excess 20

22 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Pension Protections Various protections can be applied for by individuals: –Primary & Enhanced Protection 2006 –Fixed Protection 2012 –Fixed Protection and Individual Protection 2014 No further “pension accrual” including new membership of Registered Group Life Assurance Auto-enrolment – no exemption for those with protection On-boarding of new staff 21

23 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ The pensions landscape has changed March 2014 Budget Statement Immediate interim changes: –Increased drawdown limits –Lower secured income requirement –Relaxation of trivial commutation From April 2015: –No restriction on amount drawn from fund –25% tax-free, remainder taxed at marginal rate of Income Tax 22

24 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Possible Variable Remuneration Structure Individual age 50 given £100,000 award £60,000 deferred into LTIP; £40,000 as immediate employer pension contribution Employee saves at least £16,000 Income Tax and NICs Employer saves £5,520 NICs Unvested pension remains free of Capital Gains, Income and Inheritance Taxes Full access to the pension fund from age 55 Retirement income from pension taxed at 0%, 20%, 40%, 45% compared to 47% for vesting stock options 23

25 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Summary Despite limitations, pensions remain an attractive component of reward package As part of a long term incentive, they make more sense as a result of recent changes Especially attractive for those at or approaching age 55 Powerful tax advantages over other remuneration options For very high earners, the annual allowance is limiting. 24

26 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ 25 Thank you, any questions?

27 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Important Information This presentation is based on Arthur J. Gallagher’s understanding of current tax legislation and practices. No liability can be accepted for any error or omission and we strongly suggest that you take tax planning or independent financial advice if uncertain of your own corporate position. This presentation is not designed to replace advice and does not constitute advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act Levels and bases of, as well as reliefs, from taxation are subject to change and their value depends on the individual circumstances of the investor. 26

28 Thank You Nick McMenemy | Head of Consulting Arthur J. Gallagher | Employee Benefits D. +44 (0) T. +44 (0) E. W.

29 ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER | BUSINESS WITHOUT BARRIERS™ Arthur J. Gallagher (Employee Benefits) and Arthur J. Gallagher (Wealth Management) are trading names of Gallagher Risk & Reward Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Not all business carried out by the company is regulated. Registered Office: The Walbrook Building, 25 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AW. Registered No England and Wales. Tel: +44 (0) Fax: +44 (0) Web: 28

30 GEO Global Equity Insights Discussion of the 2014’s survey results Jay Foley, Computershare Ralph Beidelman, Discovery Communications

31 Survey Framework 169 companies including the largest global corporations: 89% of the companies surveyed have a market capitalization above USD 1 billion, with the top 10% exceeding USD 100 billion at year-end Two-thirds of the companies generated revenues above USD 5 billion. National leading companies from 20 countries around the world, with special focus on North America and Europe. Representative sample across 10 industries. Data collected within a period of six weeks starting mid-January 2014.

32 Survey sponsors and support partners Sponsors: Support partners:

33 Three main equity-based pay drivers of value creation 1.Companies should increase both the percentage of LTIP in the pay mix and the integration of LTIP across all staff levels and countries. 2.Companies should actively promote their equity culture by introducing ESPP on a broad scale. Both LTIP and ESPP are a key factor to compete successfully in a globalized economy. 3.Companies should allocate more time and budget to create a more diversified communication platform. Diversified communication methods are a main lever for employee satisfaction and carry the potential to invigorate LTIP and ESPP.

34 Link between ESPP participation and performance High performing companies have higher participation rates in ESPP. ESPP are not only a crucial factor of success in a competitive labor market, but are also a more general value lever when it comes to participation. ESPP participation (in % of eligible employees)

35 Link between LTIP penetration and performance Broad-based equity culture across staff levels and countries fosters company performance. High performing companies offer LTIP much more frequently also to other employees than executives. LTIP eligibility for non-executives (in % of companies)

36 LTIP plan types in place The trend of 2013’s survey is further affirmed, as stock options are on a sharp and steady decline. Apart from this trend, European companies prefer performance shares, North American companies prefer restricted stock as long-term incentive. LTIP types (in % of companies)

37 Link between pay mix and performance Successful companies give more weight to long-term incentives across all levels. What is true for the top management is also valid for further levels down the hierarchy ladder. LTIP proportion (in % of TDC for executive committee)

38 Link between communication and satisfaction Communication is a main lever to achieve higher employee satisfaction. Companies with a broad set of communication tools are better connected with their employees, and those are much more satisfied with their equity plans. Companies with satisfied employees (in % of companies)

39 Allocation of actual and desired and actual budget Technology ranks first in both the actual budget allocation and the additional budget desired. Despite companies are aware of the need to improve communication, however, importance of communication is currently not reflected in budget allocation. Allocation of additional budget (in % of additional budget)


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