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HMRC internal manual

Employee Tax Advantaged Share Scheme User Manual

Schedule 3 SAYE option schemes: Shares to which schemes can apply: Depository receipts

In principle there is no objection to depository receipts (DRs) being used in Schedule 3 SAYE option schemes. The potential difficulty is that the precise detail of the arrangements making up the DRs may vary but generally the holder of the DR will retain the rights attaching to the ownership of the shares, such as voting and rights to receive dividends. The DR certificate will normally state the responsibilities of the depository bank with respect to the ownership of the shares. It is accepted that DRs may be used provided they retain the rights attaching to the underlying shares and restrictions.