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Host Brian Wydajewski introduces Global Equity Services partner Barbara Klementz from San Francisco and Employment & Compensation Partner Agnès Charpenet from Paris to discuss the latest developments surrounding France's tax preferential regime for equity awards. 


Key Takeaways:

[1:22]  Charpenet explains the reasons behind the lack of changes to the qualified option regime, despite numerous changes to the qualified RSU regime.


[2:49]  Potential future plans for France’s RSU regime and changes to the qualified option regime are detailed.


[3:55] Considerations and procedures for companies now wishing to apply for refunds in light of recent French constitutional rulings.


[7:55] Klementz discusses U.S. company reactions to the latest round of qualified RSU changes.


[9:27] Considerations for companies examining whether to pursue a French qualified RSU plan include increased taxes, pending qualified RSU changes, and which regime they fall under.


[11:50] Klementz’s advice to not adopt the French qualified RSU plan exceptions applies to private companies as well as those that will continue to grant under the Macron regime.


[12:05] Wydajewski summarizes the key aspects of considering whether to grant qualified awards to companies in France.


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