Corporate Stock Option Review by Jeremy Goldstein

Jeremy Goldstein is a partner at Jeremy L Goldstein and associates LLC boutique law firm. This firm is dedicated to providing advice on compensation and corporate governance concerns. He received his education from various top tier schools. Jeremy Goldstein has a J.D from the New York University School of law. He also holds a M.S from the University of Chicago and a B.A from Cornell University. Over the past ten years Jeremy Goldstein has been involved in many significant corporate business transactions. Some of these notable transactions include the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies; Verizon Wireless/ALLTEL Corporation and South African Breweries plc/Miller Brewing Company.


Prior to founding Jeremy L Golstein and Associates LLC, Jeremy was a partner at another law firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In addition to being a partner at his own firm, Jeremy is the chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association Business Section. He has been listed as a leading executive compensation lawyer in two separate publications; Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500. Jeremy Goldstein also holds a spot on the Professional Advisory Board at the New York University Journal of Law and Business. In addition to his professional career and board seats he also is involved in various charities and is a member of the board of directors for Fountain House and a member of the leadership council for the Make A Wish Foundation.


Jeremy recently explained why many corporations steered away from giving employees stock options. There were three major problems that corporations discovered when giving stock options. The first problem was the unpredictability of the stock market. A stock could plummet and then employees would feel as though they lost out. Secondly, many employees do not trust stock options because they do not view it as cash in hand. They know the market is unstable and they can lose those options. Third, dealing with stock options adds an additional accounting cost to the corporations. Sometimes the cost in additional accountants outweighs the value of the stock options in the first place. There are some advantages to giving stock options to employees. Employees may view this as a way to make money through hard work ethics. The better the company does, the more money they will have to exercise in their stock options.


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