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Crossword Cybersec - Grant of Options to Directors and Employees

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Crossword Cybersecurity PLC
20 October 2020

Crossword Cybersecurity Plc

Grant of Options to Director, Senior Management and Employees


20 October 2020 - London, UK - Crossword Cybersecurity Plc (AIM:CCS, "Crossword", the "Company" or the "Group"), the technology commercialisation company focused solely on cyber security and risk, is pleased to announce that it has today granted 22,184 options comprising 9,750 options under the Company's Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme (the "EMI Plan") and 12,434 options under the Non Tax Advantaged Plan to acquire ordinary shares of £0.05 each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") at an exercise price of £2.65 per share. The options vest in three equal tranches on the first, second and third anniversary of the date of grant.

Included in the 22,184 options granted under the EMI plan are options to the Chairman, Sir Richard Dearlove, to whom the Company has granted an option pursuant to the rules of the Non Tax Advantaged Plan to acquire 9,434 Ordinary Shares at an exercise price of £2.65 per share. Following this grant, Sir Richard Dearlove holds options over 39,144 Ordinary Shares in the Company.


Following this grant of options, the total number of Options outstanding under the EMI Plan will be 83,929. A further 125,644 Options are outstanding under an unapproved share scheme. The total number of Options outstanding following this grant will be 209,573 representing 4.08% of Crossword's issued share capital.


The following notification, made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation, give further details.



Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated



Sir Richard Dearlove


Reason for the notification 






Initial notification /Amendment 

Initial Notification


Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor



Crossword Cybersecurity plc





Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument 

Identification code 

Options to acquire ordinary shares of 5p each at a price of £2.65 per share.


For Ordinary Shares: GB00BPFJXS57


Nature of the transaction 

Granting of options


Price(s) and volume(s)


Price        Nil                Volume 9,434



Aggregated information 

Price        Nil                 Volume 9,434


Date of the transaction 



Place of the transaction 

Off-market transaction


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Crossword Cybersecurity plc - Tel: +44 (0) 20 3953 8460

Email: info@crosswordcybersecurity.com

Tom Ilube, Chief Executive Officer

Mary Dowd, Finance Director


Grant Thornton (Nominated Adviser) - Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100

Colin Aaronson / Jamie Barklem


Hybridan LLP (Broker) - Tel: +44 (0)203 764 2341

Claire Louise Noyce


About Crossword Cybersecurity plc

Crossword Cybersecurity plc focuses on the development and commercialisation of university research-based cyber security and risk management related software and cyber security consulting.  The Group's specialist cyber security product development and software engineering teams work with its university partners to develop the research concept into a fully-fledged commercial product that it will then take to market. The Group's aim is to build up a portfolio of revenue generating, intellectual property based, cyber security products. Rizikon Assurance, Crossword's leading product, is a SaaS platform that enables medium to large companies to assess and manage all risks from their suppliers.  Nixer CyberML, Crossword's most recently launched product, is a new tool for businesses that want to solve advanced security and cybercrime problems, such as detecting and dealing with compromised accounts, fraud, and in-application denial of service attacks.  Crossword's team of expert cyber security consultants leverages years of experience in national security, defence and commercial cyber intelligence and operations to provide bespoke advice tailored to its clients' business needs.


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