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Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement

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Use this template to outline the terms and conditions of an Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP), including eligibility criteria, grant details, vesting schedules, and exercise options.

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What is an Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement?

The purpose of this Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement is to provide you with a flexible and customisable document to serve as a robust and effective starting point for you.

By using our Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement, you can streamline your process, maintain consistency and accuracy, and save time, and it can be easily adapted to fit your specific scenario.

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When should this template be issued?
As and when required
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this template, and to whom?
The Employer (you) to the Employee
Applicable legal jurisdictions
In which jurisdictions can this template be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom), Worldwide

Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement

Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP) Agreement


[Your Company Name] (hereinafter referred to as the "Company")


[Employee's Full Name] (hereinafter referred to as the "Employee")

Date of Agreement: [Date]

1. Grant Details:

  • Grant Date: [Date]
  • Number of Options Granted: [Number]
  • Exercise Price per Share: [Price]
  • Vesting Schedule: [Details]

2. Exercise Period:

  • Commencement Date: [Date]
  • Expiry Date: [Date]

3. Conditions for Exercise:

  • [Specify conditions, e.g., employment status, performance goals]

4. Tax Implications:

  • [Provide information on tax implications, if applicable]

5. Exercise Method:

  • [Specify how the Employee may exercise the options, e.g., by written notice to the Company]

6. Payment for Shares:

  • The Employee agrees to pay the exercise price in full upon exercise of the options.

7. Transferability:

  • The options granted under this ESOP Agreement are not transferable, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution.

8. Governing Law:

  • This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of [Specify Jurisdiction].

9. Entire Agreement:

  • This Agreement contains the entire understanding between the Company and the Employee concerning the options granted herein.

10. Acceptance:

  • The Employee acknowledges receipt of a copy of this Agreement and agrees to be bound by its terms and conditions.

Employee's Signature: _________________________ Date: ______________

Company Representative's Signature: _________________________ Date: ______________

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