Key Experience

  • Significant experience advising on executive employment law and the structuring of share incentives and management equity arrangements.
  • Advises private equity investors and public and private companies in the U.K. and internationally. 


Stephen has substantial experience advising private equity sponsors and public companies on the taxation and structuring of management equity and share incentive arrangements, among many other types of matters. He is also an experienced employment lawyer.

Representative Work

  • VIP II Blue B.V – Advising VIP II Blue B.V, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd (VIP II), in relation to its $2.3 billion takeover of Vivo Energy Plc.
  • Carlyle – Developing the Management Incentive Plan for the US$10 billion acquisition of the specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel.*
  • TI Automotive PLC – Advising on the introduction of appropriate share incentive and remuneration arrangements for the US based C-suite team for the IPO on the London Stock Exchange.*
  • LivaNova PLC – Advising on the share incentive, remuneration and employment arrangements on the merger and then IPO of legacy US and Italian entities.*
  • UK/US portfolio company – Structuring and drafting the corporate documents to implement a management equity structure for US and UK-based managers that would be taxed as profits interests in the US and growth shares in the UK.*

Public Service and Affiliations