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Wir erstellen  Ihre individuellen Verträge
(ESOP & VSOP)

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Für Kleinunternehmen & Agenturen

Für mittelständische Unternehmen

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"Incentivizing by sharing in the company's success is the only way to stand a chance in the war for talent."

Christian Miele,
President Federal Association
German Startups

Employee participation
- what is it actually?

Employee stock option plans (ESOPs) have been the talk of the town in recent years. What options do you have for giving your employees a share in the company's success? What forms of employee stock ownership are there? We will be happy to explain them to you.

Why? First and foremost, employee share ownership is a building block of a successful and sustainable strategy to attract, retain and motivate your employees. Click here to find out more about employee share ownership.

Mitarbeiterbeteiligung - warum?

Long-term
Employee retention
Langfristige Mitarbeiterbindung
Attracting
top talent
Gewinnung von Top-Talenten
Sustained
Motivation increase
Anhaltendene Motivationssteigerung
Optimization of
own liquidity
Optimierung der eigenen Liquidität
Stärkung der Firmenkultur
& Zusammengehörigkeit

Unser Festpreis-Angebot

We create your ESOP and VSOP contract - adapted to the requirements, situation and goals of your company.

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Ihr maßgeschneidertes Beteiligungsprogramm
Anwaltlich, rechtssicher, fair - mit der Erfahrung aus hunderten Verträgen
Unternehmerische Beratung zu Ihren Zielen & Optionen
Individuelle Rechtsberatung zu Ihren Anforderungen
Ausarbeitung Ihres maßgeschneiderten Programms durch spezialisierte Rechtsanwälte
Ihr komplettes Vertragswerk
Exit-Rechner & Zuteilungsvereinbarung für MitarbeiterInnen
Klauseln wie Abfindungsrecht, Buy-Out & Fade-out Regelung
Anwaltliche Haftungsübernahme & Rechtssicherheit
Optional: weiterere Komponenten wie Richtlinien oder Präsentationen
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Für Start-Ups (mit/ohne Investoren)

Für Kleinunternehmen & Agenturen

Für mittelständische Unternehmen

Your experts for employee participation

Dr. Christopher Hahn

Lawyer

Kolja Czudnochowski

Founder & Consultant

ESOP-Direkt.de ist ein Angebot der ESOP1 GmbH in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Kanzlei trustberg. Wir sind selbst Unternehmer, Dr. Christopher Hahn auch Autor Branchen-relevanter Bücher (z.B. “Virtuelle Mitarbeiterbeteiligungen”). Mit der Erfahrung aus über hundert umgesetzten Beteiligungsprogrammen kennen wir die individuellen Anforderungen und Ziele von Start-Ups und KMUs.

Unsere
Mandanten
“Als kleines Unternehmen war es für uns extrem wichtig, Fluktuation zu verhindern und Mitarbeiter langfristig zu incentivieren. Dafür ist das VSOP perfekt.”
– Michaela M.
Geschäftsführerin @ Beratung
"Dank unseres VSOPs konnten wir erste Schlüsselmitarbeiter schnell gewinnen - trotz deutlich attraktiverer Gehaltsangebote anderer Firmen."
- Dawid R.
Founder @ Tech Start-Up
“Ich kam mit der Idee eines umfangreichen Bonusprogramms, aus dem im Beratungsprozess ein effizientes aber schlankes Beteiligungsprogramm wurde.”
– Olaf G.
Geschäftsführer @ Marketing-Agentur
“Dank der wirklich unternehmerischen Rechtsberatung haben wir ein perfekt-passendes Beteiligungsprogramm für unsere Kollegen aufgesetzt.”
– Hannes T.
Partner @ Architektur-Büro

Drei Gründe für eine
fachkundige Beratung

The design of your participation program is highly dependent on the structures and circumstances of your company. In addition, there are numerous factors to consider from a company and employee perspective, which make individual consulting essential in order to avoid costly omissions.

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Rechtliche
Sicherheit

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Zeit
sparen

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Teure Fehler und
Fallstricke vermeiden

Avoid costly mistakes: why your contracts should be tailor-made

Whether with us or other experienced attorneys, we always recommend that you consult an attorney to structure your participation program in order to avoid mistakes and liability risks

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Unser maßgeschneidertes, anwaltliches Vertragswerk
Cheap to free of charge
Von uns zum transparenten Paketpreis
Relevante Klauseln können fehlen / sind nicht bekannt
Aufklärung & Transparenz über alle potenziellen Klauseln
Error-prone, possibly outdated and not legally compliant
Fehlerfrei, zeitgemäß und rechtssicher
Risks and personal liability of the management
Assumption of liability through legal liability
Standardized and not adapted to your goals
Tailor-made for your goals and requirements
Fehlende Transparenz bzgl. Fallstricke, Risiken und Lösungen
Volle Aufklärung zu Ausgestaltungsoptionen und Risiken
Tailor-made contracts from a lawyer
From us at a transparent fixed price
Clarification & transparency about design options
Fault-free, contemporary and residual safe
Assumption of liability through legal liability
Tailor-made for your goals and requirements
Full transparency regarding your options and potential pitfalls
Sample contract from the Internet
Cheap to free of charge
Relevante Klauseln können fehlen / sind nicht bekannt
Error-prone, possibly outdated and not legally compliant
Risks and personal liability of the management
Standardized and not adapted to your goals
Fehlende Transparenz bzgl. Fallstricke, Risiken und Lösungen

Our process

In wenigen Tagen vom Erstkontakt zu Ihrem Beteiligungsprogramm.

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Conversation to understand your needs

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Wir möchten Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre individuellen Anforderungen verstehen, um Ihr maßgeschneidertes Beteiligungsprogramm zu erstellen.

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Personal consultation and preparation of contracts

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Wir beraten Sie, um die passende, zielgerichtete Lösung für Ihr Unternehmen & Ihre MitarbeiterInnen zu finden - und formulieren die notwendigen Verträge anwaltlich, passend und rechtssicher.

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Sending of your immediately usable contract work

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Innerhalb weniger Tage erstellen wir ihr maßgeschneidertes Beteiligungsprogramm - sofort einsetzbar, rechtssicher und zielorientiert.

Information, examples, tips & more

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Warum Firmen nicht auf Bonusprogramme und Mitarbeiterbeteiligung verzichten sollten

Unternehmen stehen heutzutage vor der Herausforderung, talentierte Mitarbeiter zu gewinnen und langfristig zu binden. Anreize wie Bonusprogramme und Mitarbeiterbeteiligung haben sich als effektive Mittel erwiesen, um die Mitarbeiterbindung, Motivation und Produktivität zu steigern.

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Examples

Mitarbeiterbeteiligung am Projekterfolg: Ein Hybridmodell aus Firmenanteilen und individuellen Bonuszahlungen

Mitarbeiterbeteiligung ist ein bewährtes Mittel, um Engagement und Leistung zu fördern. Ein innovativer Ansatz kombiniert die Vorteile der traditionellen Mitarbeiterbeteiligung am Unternehmen mit individuellen Bonuszahlungen basierend auf der Projektleistung.

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Glossar: Wichtige Begriffe rund um Mitarbeiterbeteiligungen

Die rechtliche und unternehmensstrategische Komplexität, die mit der Einführung von Mitarbeiterbeteiligungsprogrammen einhergeht, bringt eine Vielzahl von Fachbegriffen, Abkürzungen oder speziellen Prinzipien mit jeweils großer Bedeutung für das große Ganze mit sich. Dieses Glossar bietet eine grundlegende Übersicht.

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Taxes
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ESOP checklist: Typical mistakes when introducing employee stock ownership plans

However, despite the obvious benefits and increasing popularity of these participation programs, companies also encounter challenges. There are specific mistakes that should be avoided to ensure the full effectiveness of employee share ownership programs.

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Suitable ESOPs & VSOPs: entrepreneurs should consider this checklist before implementation

Es gibt zahlreiche Aspekte und Optionen, die beim Aufsetzen eines Beteiligungsprogramms berücksichtigt werden müssen. Die folgenden Punkte sind beispielhaft für einige der häufigsten und wichtigsten Überlegungen, die auf dem Weg zu einem maßgeschneiderten, effektiven Beteiligungsprogramm entscheidend sind.

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Fair structuring of ESOPs and VSOPs: What do entrepreneurs need to consider?

If the agreement of a VSOP contains disadvantageous provisions to the detriment of the beneficiaries, the triggers of which lie solely in the decision-making power of the company or the investors and cannot be influenced by the beneficiaries, the virtual participation programme has failed in its purpose.

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Why are employee share ownership schemes interesting for SMEs?

Often only associated with start-ups - in this article, we explain why employee participation is relevant far beyond the start-up scene and why it can also be an important instrument for SMEs.

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ESOP: Strong instrument, poor German implementation - VSOP as a solution

Employee participation is a key element of a successful and future-oriented corporate culture. A prominent model for this is the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Successfully implemented in many countries, the ESOP model has encountered considerable problems in Germany.

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Examples
Solutions

Succession planning through employee participation - an early instrument for your succession

Entrepreneurs do not simply retire: they hand over their company to a successor. However, the search for a suitable successor is becoming increasingly complicated for a variety of reasons. The greatest challenge lies in demographic change: There are too few potential successors.

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Solutions
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Preparing company succession with employee shareholdings

Germany as a business location is characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The 3.6 million SMEs here generate around half of the gross national product. They also employ around 60 % of Germany's workforce subject to social insurance contributions.

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6 typical mistakes when involving employees

Employee ownership in companies is increasingly used as an instrument for employee motivation and retention, both in startups and SMEs. Companies with employee ownership are on average significantly more productive than comparable companies without employee ownership.

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Employee recruitment through employee stock ownership - a powerful tool for German SMEs

In recent years, German SMEs have had a huge problem: attracting new employees. It is even more difficult to attract skilled workers if you cannot pay high salaries. Nevertheless, you have the opportunity to attract top trained specialists - namely with employee shareholdings.

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Prepare company succession: Here's how!

For a long time, company succession worked according to the principle: the eldest son or, in a pinch, the daughter, a younger son or a nephew continue to run the company if the previous company manager wanted to pass on the baton. In some companies, business succession still works this way.

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Employee motivation - contemporary instruments for your company

Motivating your employees is more important than ever in times of a shortage of skilled workers. Top employees of generations Y and Z in particular attach great importance to their working environment. Flexibility and appreciation are important to them. There are various concepts for employee motivation.

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Exit of involved employees: Bad Leaver vs. Good Leaver

In the modern and fast-moving world of work, it is increasingly important for companies to attract, motivate and retain qualified employees in the long term. Innovative companies, especially start-ups and SMEs, are therefore increasingly using employee stock ownership programs such as ESOPs or VSOPs.

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Attracting high potentials: What do they look for when selecting a job?

Almost all companies are subject to daily competition. If you want to be better than your competitors, you need to have top employees who can easily cope with new challenges and innovations. However, turnover is particularly high at the higher levels in the hierarchy.

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Employee retention - possible measures by the employer

Skills shortages, demographic change and other changes in the world of work mean that employers are constantly having to come up with new measures to attract, motivate and retain employees in the long term. Let's take a closer look at some of the most relevant measures!

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The key differences: ESOP vs. VSOP - real and virtual employee stock options

Employee shareholdings, especially in start-ups, aim to give employees a direct stake in the success and growth of the company instead of paying them a high salary. In addition, such shareholdings give employees real voting rights and allow them to significantly influence entrepreneurial decisions.

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Practical examples: Real and virtual employee shareholdings

With real and virtual employee stock ownership plans (ESOP/VSOP), employees can participate directly in the success of "their" company. As an employer, you not only increase your attractiveness on the labor market, but also create constant performance incentives during the ongoing employment relationship.

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The virtual employee stock ownership plan (VSOP) at a glance

In the case of virtual stock option plans (VSOPs), employees are given largely the same economic status as a real shareholder by means of a contractual agreement, without actually participating in the company's share capital.

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Tax treatment of real and virtual employee stock options

Employee share ownership offers companies the opportunity to allow their employees to participate directly or indirectly in the company's success. Through participation, employees receive direct consideration and financial recognition for their own (increased) performance.

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What aspects employees look for in VSOP contracts

Virtual employee stock ownership plans (VSOPs) are an excellent way of circumventing the disadvantages - particularly in terms of administrative effort - of "real" shareholdings. VSOP contracts also have some tax advantages. However, employees should be aware of certain clauses that may be disadvantageous to them.

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Exit and profit sharing at VSOP - what's behind it?

VSOPs are virtual stock option plans. In this way, the employer gives the employee a share in the company's success without real company shares (such as GmbH shares or stock) changing hands.

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Cliff and Vesting Period: Basics of ESOPs and VSOPs

Employee stock ownership plans create attractive incentives for employees in key positions. At the same time, ESOPs and VSOPs (real and virtual shareholdings) are a proven means of increasing motivation and loyalty to the employer.