CAP has extensive experience working with private companies, from smaller family-owned businesses to significantly larger enterprises. We help private-companies address unique compensation challenges – not the least of which is finding appropriate benchmarking data. To help fill this data gap, CAP conducts original surveys of private-company compensation levels and practices. Other challenging compensation issues that CAP helps private companies navigate include:

  • The design of a compensation program that is competitive with publicly traded peers;
  • The choice between cash long-term incentives, and real or phantom equity;
  • If real or phantom equity is provided, how to value it, and how to provide liquidity;
  • The balance between keeping sensitive financial information private and providing management with line of sight;
  • The retention of ownership control while creating a succession plan and fostering an ownership culture; and
  • The amount of profit and/or ownership that the company shares with management and employees.

Learn more about CAP’s private-company expertise here or contact us for additional information.

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May 21, 2024

Knowing When and How to Modify Your Long-Term Incentives

Cincinnati, OH

Effective, tailored incentive plans are critical to motivating employees and ensuring alignment with shareholder interests. High-performing organizations design long-term programs that complement the company's…
  • Susan Schroeder
  • Louisa Heywood

Jun 06, 2024

Where SEC Rule-Making, Shareholder Reporting, and Plan Design Collide

Boston, MA

The SEC has issued a flurry of new rules covering insider trading, clawbacks, proxy reporting, and more. These rules have plan design implications and,…
  • Daniel Laddin

Jun 06, 2024

Striking the Right Balance: Discretion in Incentive Plans – Taboo or a Must?

Boston, MA

Discretion is often considered taboo in the executive compensation world. Compensation committees that use discretion in determining incentive payouts risk receiving criticism from investors…
  • Shaun Bisman