Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)


Walter | Haverfield guides businesses of all sizes on the feasibility, design and installation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), from large, publicly-traded companies with thousands of plan participants to small, family-owned businesses with only a handful of employees. Our clients come from a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, health care and financial services.

Composed of highly experienced business, ERISA, finance and tax lawyers, our ESOP team manages all plan elements, from inception to maturity. We serve businesses that have transitioned, or plan to transition, to full or partial ESOP ownership; the controlling shareholders who sell to ESOPs; and the lending institutions that finance these transactions. We are dedicated to helping our clients fully realize the unique benefits ESOPs can provide, including the ability to:

  • Implement acquisition strategies
  • Implement succession planning strategies
  • Provide liquidity to selling owners
  • Realize a wide range of tax advantages
  • Realize competitive advantages
  • Recruit and retain top talent

In addition, we ensure our clients achieve and maintain compliance with:

  • Lender and investor requirements
  • Tax, labor, securities and ERISA requirements

We further strengthen our value to our clients by cultivating strong relationships with accounting firms, lending institutions, third party administrators, valuation experts and other vendors integral to establishing and managing ESOPs.