Employee Participation Plan

Build a great team with a thought-through employee participation plan.

A great team is one of the biggest assets a startup can have, but building it isn’t easy. Startups often can’t pay their employees or advisors the same compensation as established companies.

That’s why employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) or similar incentive plans are used to attract and retain top talent.

However, setting up such a plan is a complex undertaking. What type of incentive do you choose: shares, options, or phantom stock? How do you avoid legal and other pitfalls?

We’ll design your employee participation plan and help you implement it successfully.


We bill based on our hourly rates, with the final fee capped at a maximum amount that won’t be crossed. Even if we work more hours, your final bill won’t exceed the cap (assuming we stay within the agreed scope).

Below, the capped fees for phantom stock and stock option plans, followed by the hourly rates.

Caps do not include:

  • Costs for notary and commercial register
  • Tax ruling
  • Clean-up work

If you want us to help you with these tasks or need an employee participation plan with different specifications, please contact us for a quote.

Usually, we work based on our own templates. If we need to review and/or amend your own templates, additional fees may apply.

Hourly Rates

  Attorney or legal advisor Paralegal or intern
Startup rate
CHF 290/h CHF 145/h
General rate CHF 390/h CHF 195/h

All fees are additionally subject to value added tax (VAT).

We invoice on a monthly basis, with invoices to be paid within 15 days after receipt.

At the beginning of our collaboration, we usually ask you for a retainer (a deposit paid in advance) due at signature of the engagement letter.

Want to work together?

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We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them.