Ian Shaw



Ian heads Orrick's employee share schemes and incentives practice in London. He advises both public and private companies on the design, implementation and operation of the full range of share-based incentive plans, in particular tax-favoured arrangements.

Ian also advises on the share schemes aspects of IPOs and a broad range of international M&A transactions. He has considerable experience in relation to employee benefit trusts and of advising senior executives on the impact on their awards of changing employer.  

"Ian Shaw’s expertise on share schemes and his responsiveness and speed of execution are exceptional. We’ve brought up emergency issues with him and had him turn them around late at night – really exceptional service." (Legal 500, 2021)

"He is a phenomenal lawyer. He's able to explain things in layman's terms and is very timely in his responses." (Chambers and Partners, 2021)

  • Recent highlights have included advising:

    • RockRose Energy plc on the share schemes aspects of their £248 million recommended cash offer by Viaro Energy.
    • Lead investor Coatue Management on UiPath’s incentive schemes as part of a $568 million Series D funding round. 
    • Aptean, Inc. on the share schemes aspects of its £90 million offer to acquire Sanderson Group Plc.
    • Hogg Robinson Group Plc on the simultaneous announcement of a recommended £410m takeover offer for the company by American Express Global Business Travel, as well as the simultaneous class 1 disposal of its Software-as-a-Service technology business Fraedom to Visa for approximately £140m.
    • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on the share schemes aspects of their $50 million Series C investment in ComplyAdvantage. 
    • e2v Technologies plc on the share schemes aspects of their £620m+ sale to Teledyne.
    • Appleby on the employee benefit trust aspects of the sale of its fiduciary business to private equity firm Bridgepoint.