Single-trigger acceleration is a term used in the context of vesting equity (shares or options) in a company. Vesting of equity can be accelerated on agreed-upon terms.
Single-trigger acceleration of vesting is based on a single event — typically an acquisition or other change of control. If this event occurs, the individual's equity is accelerated to completion. Single-trigger acceleration is generally viewed as very employee-friendly, as an employee would be fully vested upon an acquisition and thus have less incentive to continue working for the acquiring company.
An alternate type of acceleration is double-trigger acceleration, which requires two events in order to accelerate vesting.
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