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Research Center : Article

Oct 01,2010 | Matt Kleger, Hay Group

Equity Vesting Acceleration upon a Change in Control

Equity-based compensation – whether in the form of stock options/stock appreciation rights (SARs), restricted stock/restricted stock units (RSUs) or performance shares – is an integral part of executive long-term incentive programs. A common provision in the governing documents addresses how an executive's unvested interests are treated if there is a change in control of the company. Since a significant portion of an executive's wealth is often tied to the value of equity-based compensation, the conditions for accelerated vesting are particularly important.

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