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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. 

Register online or by downloading and returning the registration form

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

Hotel Information

This year's event will be held in the Westin Canal Place, which is a short walk (less than a mile) from such notable attractions as Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Cafe Du Monde, and Harrah's Casino. 

Reserve your hotel room online or by calling 1-888-627-8180 and asking for The ESOP Association room block. Our room block ends January 8th, or, when we sell out, whichever comes first. 

The hotel will charge an early departure fee equal to one night's room rate plus applicable fees, taxes and assessments. There is a 72 hour cancelation policy.

Room Rate Information

$219 Per Night for 1 King and 2 Queen Rooms


Contact Rosemary Clements or Maya Van Buren (866) 366-3832 or