Nigel heads the firm's share plans and incentives practice. With over 20 years’ experience, Nigel specialises in employee share plans and incentives, advising both listed and unlisted companies on the design, operation and implementation of reward structures and tax efficient remuneration.

He also advises companies and management teams on the share plan aspects of M&A transactions.

Nigel is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group.


Advising FIM Services Limited on the design and implementation of a new equity incentive plan and their subsequent acquisition by Gresham House.

Advising NatWest Group plc on its new international sharesave plan, including obtaining shareholder approval, implementation and launch.

Advising Silver Lake partners on the share plan implications of its $2.2bn acquisition of Zoopla.

Advising the CEO of a challenger bank on the terms of their remuneration package.

Advising the remuneration committee of a private bank on pay structures and rewards for its senior management team.

What others say...

Nigel Watson has high technical knowledge and ability to meet complex demands.

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