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Employee Trusts

Employee Trusts

Fiduchi Employee Services team has a wealth of experience in the design, implementation and administration of employee incentivisation schemes for corporate clients globally. Our team of professionals can help you create the right flexible and tax-compliant structures to help reward, incentivise and retain key employees.

Employee Benefit Trusts, Employee Ownership Trusts & Onshore and Offshore Employee Trusts

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How we can help with your Employee Trusts

The administration of employee trusts plans can be a significant resource burden for an employer, mainly if there are regular events requiring action (new awards, joiners and leavers, participants wishing to buy or sell shares and more). Fiduchi is able as an experienced provider of employee trusts to relieve companies of this burden on a cost-effective basis by handling the following:

  • Dealing in shares and other assets;
  • Employee communications (including online access to award information);
  • Record-keeping;
  • Tax reporting;
  • Company secretarial and other regulatory formalities;
  • In the case of Employee Ownership Trusts (see below), acting as the controlling shareholder taking account of guidance from an appropriate advisory committee of the company.

Fiduchi has expertise in the formation and management services in respect of trusts which may be resident either in the UK or in Jersey. A range of tax and other implications arise from the choice of residence of the trust and tax advice should be taken in all cases. For example, some types of schemes, such as the tax-advantaged Share Incentive Plans (SIPs) in the UK, are required by law to hold shares in a UK resident trust. Fiduchi can, therefore, provide independent trustee services to support such plans.

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What is an Employee Benefit Trust?

Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) are widely used by companies to attract and retain staff. They can both provide a range of advantages in structuring employee incentive arrangements and tax benefits for employers.

An EBT is a discretionary trust established by a company to hold cash, shares or other assets for the benefit of the employees of the company or group of companies. It is constituted by a Trust Deed which sets out the purposes and powers of the trustees.

Usually, the Trust Deed provides the trustees have discretion as to how the trust funds are to be applied. In exercising their discretion, they are required to act solely in the interests of the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are usually all employees, former employees and their immediate families. Typically, in their decision making the trustees may take account of wishes expressed by the employing company.

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Why use an Employee Benefit Trust?

One key reason to use an EBT is if the employing company is a private business, its shares may be difficult to sell in the absence of a (public) market. Thus, an EBT can act as an internal "warehouse" to hedge against future obligations arising from the granting of awards or to serve as an internal marketplace.

This enables participants of the company's share schemes a real prospect of realising the value of their shares in due course without having to wait for any form of corporate exit event such as a sale of the company. It also substantially enhances the perceived value of the shares by the participants, particularly where, as is common, share prices are determined at regular intervals by an independent valuer and communicated within the company.

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What is an Employee Ownership Trust?

An Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) is a tax advantaged arrangement which allows the owners of a company to sell a controlling shareholding to a specially designed trust, free of tax. It also allows the company to pay tax free bonuses to staff of up to £3,600 each per year. The trust must meet certain requirements designed to ensure that the company is owned and controlled for the benefit of the employees as a whole.

What you need to consider

Often, the share price internal market is funded by regular contributions from the employer out of its profits. The trustees are then able to buy shares from leavers and recycle them to joiners, promotees and so on (often, on the exercise of share options granted by the company), as appropriate.

The legal ownership of the fund is held outside the employing company, and participating employees, therefore, enjoy the comfort of knowing that the funds are safe and administered by independent professionals whose actions are governed solely by the interests of employees generally. Additionally, the fund is held independently and protected against claims by creditors in the event of failure of the company.

Our online share plan platform allows for the easy administration of a large range of employee plans including: LTIPs, EMIs, CSOPs, SIPs & SAYE plans.

Key features of our online share plan platform

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Web enabled, 24/7 access to all plan information for company stakeholders

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Information updated in real-time

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Ability to view and filter all participants 

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Access to suite of pre arranged, Business Intelligence reporting

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Complete management oversight and control for company

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Ability to create and schedule your own reporting 

"Fiduchi's Online Share Plan Administration portal, has saved time, money and paper, and [it] allows us to become more efficient in the managing of our employees share awards. It's really fantastic what an impact this platform has made."

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Easy Onboarding

Onboarding of your data to our online platform is easy regardless if you choose a fully-managed or self-service in-house solution. By making the switch to our platform, you can upgrade from having to manage your share plan data on complicated spreadsheets. Plus to make the process as simple as possible, our experts will guide you every step of the way and we also provide helpful guides.

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Global Compliance

For businesses who opt for our fully managed solution, our platform is able to deal with each business's unique requirements. When it comes to dealing with exact legal and regulatory issues, our platform will be able to automatically determine the actions required for each award or vesting, specific to the country in which the company operates. Therefore minimising the risks and allowing full compliance from a legal and regulatory position.

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Data Security

Our platform uses the highest standards to protect the valuable data and assets we hold on behalf of our clients. We have a team of in-house cyber security and IT professionals to protect our system and carry out security audits, due diligence, penetration testing and to oversee potential threats. We are fully regulated, accredited and certified by a range of statutory and non-statutory bodies including the US Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield.

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Branded User Portal

Our platform can be branded to match your company's own brand, therefore becoming a professional extension of your employee benefits. You can set role-based access and let your employees and shareholders log into their own online branded share platform anytime, anywhere and see exactly what shares they have and how much they are worth. They can also easily accept grants, exercise options, calculate potential payouts and more.

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Testimonials

"THANK YOU TO OUR GUARDIANS!

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to the Fiduchi team for taking such good care of me and my business. It's reassuring to know that there are some guardian angels out there to look after us."

Founder & CEO - SUPERLUXE Events

"Thank you very much for your professional assistance (and patience) in helping us transfer our shares and assets into the new Trust. I know that it has taken longer than expected. Still, your professionalism and continued support have helped us achieve the desired outcome."

Chairman and CEO

"My sincere thanks for the assistance you have provided the advisory committee by coordinating directly with the charity to formalise an agreed donation plan."

Private Client (Charity)

"Many, many thanks for your hard work and speed at setting up our client's Private Investment Company in just 24hrs! Your flexibility and communication throughout the whole process have been appreciated, and the feedback has been tremendous......

Thank you."

Major UK Law Firm

"Thank you, everyone, for delivering this significant re-structure to our family assets and within a very tight timeframe.

Great to get this finalised!"

Mr. C - Private Client

"THANK YOU TO OUR GUARDIANS!

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to the Fiduchi team for taking such good care of me and my business. It's reassuring to know that there are some guardian angels out there to look after us."

Founder & CEO - SUPERLUXE Events

"We consider Fiduchi an important strategic partner of ours. Over the years they have proven themselves to be professional and extremely thorough. Combined with this professionalism, they are always a pleasure to deal with and we are pleased with their service levels."

Mr. P.E, Managing Director, W Ltd.

"We consider Fiduchi an important strategic partner of ours. Over the years they have proven themselves to be professional and extremely thorough. Combined with this professionalism, they are always a pleasure to deal with and we are pleased with their service levels."

Mr. P.E, Managing Director, W Ltd.

“I am very impressed with the professionalism and efficiency Fiduchi Limited demonstrated during the establishment of our employee benefit trust. They coordinated the process seamlessly and provided us with valuable advice and guidance to ensure compliance with our regulatory and legal responsibilities. Throughout my engagement with the team, I have found them to be approachable and easy to work with.”

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Our experienced employee services team are here to answer any questions you may have regarding all types of employee incentive plans. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, they will be able to advise you on the best solution that meets your business needs.  

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