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Option Schemes Published:  Feb 6, 2023 1 min read
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UK report 2023: How does your share option scheme compare?

Suzanne Worthington
Suzanne Worthington

Want to know how other startups structure their share option schemes?
You’re in the right place.

This free report contains the anonymised details of all active option schemes on SeedLegals in January 2023 – both EMI and Unapproved schemes.

We dive into the data to find the key takeaways to help you plan or evaluate your own scheme. We’ll show you what your peers are doing and how to make your scheme more attractive.

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Report contents

In this report, you’ll find out:

  • How long companies choose for the options vesting period
  • Whether companies opt for a vesting cliff and if so, when
  • What vesting frequency companies choose
  • Whether companies offer accelerated vesting and when it applies
  • When companies allow holders to exercise options
  • What percentage of companies have both EMI and Unapproved schemes

Take a look inside ⤵️

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About the authors

Meet the team behind the scenes:

Ben O Rourke Circle

Ben O’Rourke

Ben carries out data investigation, visualisation and analysis as part of our Data team. He’s a Comp Sci Masters graduate and AI specialist, and loves to help colleagues understand data to make great decisions.



Mo Saed Circle

Mo Saed

Mo leads the SeedLegals new business team and is an option schemes expert. Master graduate Mo studied Business and Finance and has previously worked for Funding Circle.



Suzanne Worthington Circle

Suzanne Worthington

Sooze writes content for our website. She’s previously worked for Tide, Aviva and the BBC. Sooze studied Physics and Linguistics, and is obsessed with making complicated topics easy to understand.
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