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ESOP Professionals' Forum

Feb. 6-7, 2020
The Westin Canal Place
New Orleans, LA


The ESOP Professionals' Forum is the only event of its kind: a meeting designed exclusively for high-level professionals who provide technical and legal assistance to ESOP companies.

Led by the chairs of The Association’s highly respected technical committees, this program gathers professionals for strategic and complex discussions of the challenges facing ESOPs. Join with peers, share insights, and work to establish best practices. 

This two-day event will begin with meetings of The ESOP Association Advisory Committees, followed by sessions. All attendees are invited to all events.

To register now, please download a registration form

(Online registration is temporarily unavailable while a system-wide upgrade is being performed. Online registration will be available on Dec. 19.) 

2019 Schedule (2020 Schedule Coming Soon!)

Thursday, Feb. 7

Noon - 1:00 PM

1:00 – 2:30 PM

2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:30 PM

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Registration and Lunch

Advisory Committee Meetings


Audited financials—any substitutes?  Q of E and Solvency Opinions?

New accounting requirements re: revenue recognition and operating losses--valuation perspective

4:00 – 4:30 PM

4:30 – 5:30 PM

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Company polices re unsolicited offers—good idea? Benefit Corporation status?

Sale transactions: allocation of proceeds and loan payoff options


Friday, Feb. 8

7:30 – 8:00 AM

8:00 – 9:00 AM

9:00 – 9:30 AM

 9:30 – 10:30 AM


DOL Issues, plaintiffs’ suits and class actions—latest updates

Auditors role in reviewing valuations—what is too much auditor involvement?

Rapid Fire:

(1) Disclosures of ESOP valuation report to third parties

(2)  Rep & Warranty Insurance Trends

(3) Legal opinions (to banks, insurers, etc.) — are these really necessary?

10:30 – 11:00 AM

11:00 –11:15 AM

11:15 – 11:45 PM

Refinancing ESOP loans as last resort to manage targeted benefit levels


ESOP purchase transactions: Trustee protections including earnouts and claw-backs—what’s new?

11:45 – 12:30 PM

12:30 – 1:15 PM

1:15 – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Company indemnification of Trustee, arbitration and class action waivers—latest thoughts

Current fiduciary concerns

Transaction Structures:  What’s new and novel?

Meeting Adjourned