Vested stock options on acquisition


I was employed with a startup in Singapore for 15 months and vested 15K options over these months. Now the company is being acquired by a US company though the Singapore company will stay a subsidiary of the US company.

The Singapore company gave me this deal: I do an agreement with them where I consult with them (for a couple of weeks) for the code that I've written for them, and they'll give the same number of stocks of the new company.

Both the companies are young and are not public, so I can't really tell if the value of the new shares are the same as the old ones.

What are the right questions to ask here so that I understand what I am getting into?

Acquisition Vesting

asked Feb 3 '12 at 14:01
Vikram Bodicherla
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  • What's the acquisition method? Stock? Cash and Stock? Cash? and What's more valuable current stock or new stock? Can you still exercise the options? – Karlson 9 years ago
  • I don't know what the acquisition method (I am not with the company anymore) is (I plan to ask though). And like I said, I don't know whats more valuable, the new one or the old one. What do you mean by "Can I still exercise the options?". I have those 15K in my hand, as in they vested and I paid for them. – Vikram Bodicherla 9 years ago

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You'll want to know the price per share of both companies, and the ownership percentage for both companies. Also, you didn't mention if you are expected to return the shares in the original company. Assume that the amount offered to you by the new company is small and perhaps risky; two weeks of work is not much at all.

If there's a large amount of money involved, you might consider getting legal representation so your best interests are protected. However, if it's a small amount of money, be sure to act quickly and decisively so the company doesn't decide to revoke the offer.

answered Feb 3 '12 at 22:42
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