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.
  • Recent highlights have included advising:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • GAME Digital plc, the leading omni-channel specialist retailer of video games in the UK and Spain, on the incentives aspects of its £340m flotation on the main London market.
    • Aptean, Inc. on its £90.1 million recommended offer to acquire Sanderson Group Plc.