Executive Compensation

Stikeman Elliott’s executive compensation lawyers deploy a creative, multidisciplinary approach to executive compensation legal services, rooted in a real-world understanding of our clients’ business goals. We leverage our deep expertise in the areas of securities law, corporate governance, employment, pensions and benefits, and tax to deliver innovative, strategic and tax-efficient solutions to Canadian and foreign companies facing the challenges of a competitive market environment and an evolving global regulatory framework.

Companies need to balance the objectives of designing compensation plans that are attractive and tax-efficient while aligning executive and corporate interests and remaining compliant with government regulation. We excel at sensitive compensation negotiations without turning the issues into adversarial conflicts. Our clients include public and private companies as well as executive-level individuals involved in negotiation or litigation related to their compensation agreements.

Stikeman Elliott has also been at the forefront of the regulatory initiatives around executive compensation arrangements. We have worked with the Ontario Securities Commission, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation formed by the Government of Canada, and others to address the ongoing evolution of Canadian securities legislation on executive compensation and other matters.

Our Expertise

  • Clawbacks
  • Cross-border plans
  • Deferred share units
  • Director compensation
  • Disclosure obligations for public companies
  • Equity incentive plans
  • Long-term incentive plans
  • Pay for performance
  • Performance share units
  • Pre-emptive rights
  • Restricted share units
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Retirement plans
  • Say on pay
  • Share appreciation rights
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Stock exchange rules for executive incentive plans

  • Stock option plans
  • Termination of employment