Optimizing compensation

Being aware of your choices and thoughtful when considering your compensation plan can be extremely important. That’s true whether you are looking to optimize your own executive compensation plan, or packages for those who work for you. From reviewing employment agreements and evaluating stock options, to deciding among retirement benefit plans, we have the knowledge and experience to advise you. Count on us to ask the right questions.

Work with us to develop a clear view of the landscape for compensation, and tax implications of different plans, awards and options. Consider the basics: 

Compensation types

Many of our clients receive annual equity awards as part of their executive compensation plan (RSUs, ISOs, phantom stock). And the range of retirement plans and benefits can be immense—qualified pensions, non-qualified pensions, 401(k)s, executive retirement plans and more.

Knowing their tax implications is key, as is understanding when and how they’ll pay out. Our J.P. Morgan teams can guide you and your employees, if relevant, through these awards and benefits and ensure that you have sound strategies in place.

Attracting and retaining talent

It’s important to be thoughtful with implementing your compensation program and ensure it encourages behavior that will drive your business forward. Some employers focus on keeping employees for the long term, while others reward employees based on company performance. How your company is structured (C Corp, S Corp, LLC) can be a key consideration in these decisions. Additionally, many employers in both the private and public sectors like to consider having a performance metric tied to the award payout (e.g., EBITDA).

Our team is here and ready to work with you as you consider your own compensation structure as well as what types of awards may make the most sense for your business.

  • Optimizing compensation

    Understanding your awards and benefits is critical to making the most of your opportunities. We’re tapped into best practices and industry standards, and you can rely on our deep experience to help guide your decisions.
  • Stepping away from your company

    It’s never too early to start planning—whether that’s retiring, selling your business or transitioning leadership to the next generation. We can help you ask the right questions—and formulate the right answers.