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Cross-Training for Biz Lawyers - ESOPs

ESOPs 101

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are plans regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and designed to allow employees to invest in the stock of their employer. The shareholder participants/employees as well as the sponsoring company generally receive tax benefits through the use of the plan. And while they are generally touted as designed to promote employees’ interest and efforts in maximizing the value of the company for the benefit of both employer and employees, ESOPs are often used as a method of corporate finance by the sponsoring company.

This webinar discusses the potential strategies involving, and benefits and consequences to, the sponsoring corporation and employees in implementation and use of an ESOP. It highlights these aspects of tax-qualified ESOPs used in the United States by comparisons to other forms of employee ownership in the U.S. and abroad.

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Webinar Faculty


Christopher Cahill
Christopher Cahill

Mr. Cahill is partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, in Chicago, Illinois. He guides secured lenders, creditors, debtors, creditors’ committees, potential purchasers and others through bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts,… Read More


Alan Kandel
Alan Kandel

Alan Kandel, of Husch Blackwell, counsels clients, including publicly traded, privately held, tax-exempt and governmental organizations, with respect to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare and fringe benefit plans, and… Read More

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Carter Smith

Carter Smith is a Vice President with ButcherJoseph & Co.’s investment banking team. He has been involved in a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuation advisory, and leveraged recapitalizations. His investment… Read More

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Darren Gleeman

Darren Gleeman is a financial expert. He was the founder of e-Coupons, Managing Partner of both GMD Trading, and GB Trading. He’s highly sought after for his ESOP knowledge and… Read More

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Jennifer Krieger

For almost a decade, Jennifer Krieger, CVA, has provided financial reporting, analysis and valuation for clients in a wide range of industries. She is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with experience… Read More

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