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Paul McCarthy

Partner

London

McCarthy Paul
Paul McCarthy

Partner

London

Paul specialises in employee equity incentives and executive remuneration. He acts for companies (both publicly listed and private) on all aspects of employee equity incentives, including design, the tax and cost implications, shareholder communication, corporate governance and best practice. Paul has extensive corporate transactional experience and advises on share plan issues arising from IPOs, mergers and acquisitions.

He also deals with high level recruitment and terminations. He has specialised in this area for over 27 years, and has acted for many companies extending their employee share plans internationally.  Paul also advises on (i) the establishment, operation and tax implications of limited liability partnerships; (ii) the FCA's corporation governance and remuneration codes and the PRA's remuneration code.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and contributes to publications on employee share incentives. He is a member of the Share Schemes Lawyers Group.

"He's extremely pragmatic and responsive and provides clear, understandable advice." 
Chambers UK 2021 (Employee Share Schemes & Incentives) 

"He's enormously experienced and has a wealth of knowledge." 
Chambers UK 2021 (Employee Share Schemes & Incentives) 

"He provides practical and speedy responses, is hands-on and comes up with solutions." 
Chambers UK 2021 (Employee Share Schemes & Incentives)

Paul has been listed as a Hall of Fame partner in Legal 500 UK 2021 (Employee Share Schemes)

Referring to Allen & Overy’s Corporate Governance practice, client comments include “Their care and commitment are exceptional, as is their availability, making transactions feel like a team effort. Their sense of humour in darker moments is much appreciated and the whole experience is human, while at the same time paired with world-class legal advice.” Legal 500 UK 2020 (Corporate Governance)

"Paul McCarthy is a very hands-on, sensible and realistic adviser. He has excellent judgement." Legal 500 UK 2020 (Employee Share Schemes)

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Publications: 12 January 2022

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News: 19 July 2021

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1987