Structuring employee relationships in growth startups

Mar 05

Structuring employee relationships in growth startups

Join us for an introduction to structuring employee relationships in growth start-ups sponsored by The Co and Futurebooks.

We cover everything you need to know about ESOPs, employment contracts, employment handbooks, NDAs and bonds in the Singapore context. We will look at documentation, compliance and immigration angles.

Date: Thursday, 26th March 2015
Time: 07.00 pm – 08.30 pm
Where: The Co, 75 High Street, Singapore 179435
Price: Free


Who should attend

This is a definite event for start-up founders, directors and investors, as well as employment agencies and anyone who would like to understand how to structure employee relationships in a Singapore company.

The session is open to the public.

What the session will cover

The session will cover compliance, documentation and immigration aspects of structuring employee relationships, including:

  Terms of employment in the Singapore context
  Comparison of work passes, or work visas, in Singapore
  Employee relationship documents: employment contracts, employment handbooks, non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements
  Employee stock options (ESOPs): typical structures and taxability
  Personal tax for founders, directors and employees of a Singapore startup
  Choosing an advisor for structuring employee relationships


You will learn the basics of structuring employee relationships in a Singapore growth startup.


Terms of employment

The Employment Act and other regulations from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Work passes

  • Employment Pass (EP)
  • Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)
  • EntrePass

Employment handbook

What should be included in an employee handbook?

Employee documents

  • Employment contracts
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Non-solicitation agreements


  • Typical ESOP structures
  • ESOPs taxability in Singapore

Personal tax

Directors, shareholders and employees remuneration from the tax angle.

Consultants in the region

Choosing an advisor for structuring employee relationships.

Success incorporating

How the session is organised

The presentation will take approximately one hour, starting at 7pm. Questions can be answered before the session by commenting below or during the session.

Every registered attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming their 1.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

About the speakers


George Mathew is Managing Partner at Futurebooks. A chartered accountant by training and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, he actively works with venture-funded tech start-ups. His focus is on business structuring and he is a director on the board of various start-ups with an eye on compliance and corporate governance.

Mathew Chacko is a corporate lawyer with substantial experience in working with companies raising capital across the globe and handling term sheets for both investors and investees. He has a postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford, holds an honorary teaching position with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and is a partner in Kochhar & Co.’s Singapore office.

Presentation slides

About the venue


The Co is an award-winning ecosystem of co-working, office, meeting and event spaces located in the heart of the city.

“The Co envisioned itself to be an open-ended platform for people to fill in the spaces with their business passion, personality and panache. Cowork, Collaborate, Community, Connect – The Co symbolizes the endless possibilities, just like its spaces.”

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