Law Firm specialized in Executive Compensation

HELBLING Attorneys-at-Law is specialized in any issues around remuneration of the Board of Directors, Executive Board and senior executives and has long-standing experience in remuneration topics and compensation plans.

HELBLING Attorneys-at-Law assists and advises you together with exquisite correspondence lawyers on taxation issues arising out of remuneration schemes as well as with regard to accounting issues (IFRS 2) around compensation plans and is part of an international network of renowned law firms.

HELBLING Attorneys-at-Law advises companies (Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, Executive Board) on the following topics:

  • Employee compensation plans (e.g. performance plans, deferred cash plans, a.o.)

  • Remuneration of the Board of Directors, Executive Board and senior executives, in particular drafting and review of employment agreements, separation agreements for senior executives, expatriates, international assignees

  • Consulting on regulatory guidelines regarding remuneration of senior executives and key risk takers and its disclosure, in particular the compensation report of SIX-companies, including International guidance on remuneration requirements (CRD IV, Dodd-Frank Act, sec.409A USIRC, etc.)

"The legal issues around the remuneration of senior executives have become tremendous complex these days so that - in the light of a good corporate governance - consulting a specialist is highly recommended."

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About us

We are a small boutique law firm, which is specialized in any issues around remuneration of the Board of Directors, Executive Board and senior executives and have long-standing experience in remuneration topics and compensation plans. We advise our clients, for example, on finding their suitable variable compensation model and assist and advise you together with exquisite correspondence lawyers on taxation issues arising out of remuneration schemes as well as with regard to accounting issues (IFRS 2) around compensation plans.

Our services are focused on the one hand on national and international listed companies, which are subject to several regulatory regulations, and on the other hand on SME companies, which in line with a "good corporate governance" want to have reviewed and amended their executive agreements and their remuneration package.

Team

Dr. iur. Christof Helbling

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

christof.helbling@helbling.law

Lic. iur. Kaija Niehus

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

kaija.niehus@helbling.law

 

Lic. iur. Andrea Kaiser

Attorney-at-Law, Mediatorin

andrea.kaiser@kaiser-law.ch

Sanela Antonovic

Assistant, Accountant

office@helbling.law

On a case by case basis, the following external experts may assist us:

Lic. iur. Ilona Schwarzenbach-Meixner (for taxation issues)

Partner at Schwarzenbach Rechtsanwälte 
Attorney-at-Law
Direct Tel. +41 44 575 07 06
ilona.schwarzenbach@schwarzenbach-recht.ch 

Yves Vontobel (for accounting and financial reporting issues)
Partner at Schwarzenbach Rechtsanwälte
Dipl. Wirtschaftsprüfer, IFRS Accountant
Direct Tel. +41 44 575 07 08
yves.vontobel@schwarzenbach-recht.ch

Services

Our services comprise the following topics:

Compensation plans for

employees and senior executives

  • Compensation plans (restricted share plan, performance share plan, RSUs, stock option plans, SARs etc.), design, drafting and review

  • Legal opinions on remuneration models and compensation plans

  • International tendencies of compensation plans

  • Advising group companies, in particular on the implementation of global compensation plans

  • World-wide review and feasibility study of new compensation plans

  • Consulting of listed companies and SMEs with regard to the remuneration models

  • Design and world-wide implementation of compensation plans

Remuneration of the members of the BoD and the executive board

  • Drafting and negotiating of employment agreements and termination agreements, including legal releases, of senior executives and members of the executive board, CEOs

  • Compiling of your compensation packages, clawback provisions

  • Arbitration clauses in employment agreements and compensation plans, latest trends; arbitrator's expert opinion

  • National and international competitive employment agreements ("state of the art"); template employment agreements, international tendencies

  • Restritive covenants (e.g. non-compete and non-solicitation provisions)

Regulatory requirements and regulations on remuneration and its disclosure

  • Drafting and reviewing of your compensation report, preparing legal check lists based on SIX and FINMA regulations ("best practice")

  • Legal opinions on remuneration models

  • Legal advice of companies wit regard to regulatory changes and developments, in particular in the banking sector, in Switzerland, the EU and the US

Further, we advise you and your company in the following fields:

  • Corporate law issues (conditional capital, management-buy-out, successor planning)

  • Preparing your compensation philosophy

  • Pension plans and retirement plans for senior executives

  • Drafting and review of your employee handbook

  • Taxation, recharge agreements, tax rulings (corporate tax, individual tax)

  • Accounting and reporting of your compensation plans and remuneration models in the annual report 

Contact

 

Our offices are located in the heart of Zurich next to the Grossmunster church in the historical building "Wettingerhus", built in 1220. From the 13th century until 1840 it was owned by the cloister Wettingen. Today, the "Wettingerhäuser" as they are called are under protection of historical buildings and monuments.

 

HELBLING Attorneys-at-Law
Grossmunsterplatz 1
CH-8001 Zurich
Switzerland

Tel. +41 44 500 92 60 (reception)
Fax +41 44 500 92 66
office@helbling.law
www.helbling.law

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Public transportation: Tram no. 4 or no. 15 to "Helmhaus"

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