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Seattle: January 2022 Webcast

January 25, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM PST

Cryptocurrency: The New Form of Equity Compensation

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Are we moving from a discussion of options, RSUs, and PSUs to one of tokens, RTUs, and NFTs? This session explores the explosive growth of cryptocurrency in the global financial markets and the impact on employee compensation. Crypto is supplementing – and in some companies, replacing – equity-based compensation. The strategic and technical issues are comparable to those of equity compensation, squared. The market dynamics are overwhelming. We will discuss strategy, tax, accounting, valuation, volatility, liquidity, employee communications, and more. This will include examples of companies already using crypto to compensate employees, Directors, and advisers.

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Sinead Kelly | Baker McKenzie
Sinead Kelly is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Compensation practice. She advises on US executive compensation and global equity and has practiced in the compensation field since 2005.  She has been recognized by Chambers USA for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.  In her practice, Sinead advises US and non-US public and private companies on all aspects of the design, administration, governance and implementation of equity and incentive compensation plans and other executive and director compensation arrangements, including deferred compensation plans, severance and change in control plans, bonus and performance plans and director compensation policies. Her practice involves counseling on federal and state securities and tax laws, Section 16 officer and director issues, stock exchange listing rules and proxy advisor policies, as well as on non-US tax and regulatory requirements for plans implemented globally. She regularly advises on cross-border tax obligations and the impact of corporate transactions on equity and other compensation arrangements. Sinead also advises on and assists public companies with compensation disclosure to be included in proxy statements, Form 10-Ks and Form 8-Ks.
Nathan O’Connor | Equity Methods
Nathan O’Connor is a Managing Director at Equity Methods, a consultancy that helps hundreds of public and private companies’ model, value and account for equity compensation and other complex securities. As the first point of contact for prospective clients, Nathan brings over a decade of quantitative consulting experience to bear in collaborating with the Valuation, Reporting, and HR Advisory practices within Equity Methods to ensure that prospective clients’ needs are met. As a liaison between the company and the broader compensation community, he shares best practices at industry events throughout the country and through publishing technical articles. Prior to his current role, Nathan served as the national valuation practice leader at Equity Methods, where he oversaw all client delivery, operations, and R&D in support of more than 400 public and private clients, in addition to directly serving the compensation consultants and senior executives of several Fortune 50 companies.
Fred Whittlesey | Compensation Venture Group, SPC
Fred Whittlesey is the founder and Principal Consultant of Compensation Venture Group, SPC, a consulting firm specializing in compensation strategy, director and executive compensation, equity-based compensation, and incentive design with a primary focus on entrepreneurial growth companies. CVG is a Washington Social Purpose Corporation and Certified Green Business. Fred also provides expert witness services for compensation-related litigation. Fred is the co-founder and a past Board member of Global Equity Organization (GEO) and past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) Institute. His corporate experience includes roles as the Director of Global Compensation for and Broadcom Corporation, Chief Compensation Officer for, and Fellow at He is a Lecturer at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business for the Corporate Governance MBA course, and also has been a lecturer at The Anderson School at UCLA and Seattle University. Fred received his MBA with distinction from The Anderson School at UCLA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in industrial/ organizational psychology. He holds the Certified Equity Professional (CEP), Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designations.

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