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Speaker(s): Louis Spelios, Steven Schaffer
Sponsor(s): Bryan Cave LLP, Benefit Trust, J.P. Morgan Securities, and Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

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Owners of privately held businesses often struggle with how best to transition all or part of their business. Bryan Cave is hosting a seminar in its Atlanta office Feb. 10 that will help attendees decide whether an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) would be a right fit for their company.

The seminar will include a breakfast followed by a two-hour panel discussion. Atlanta Partners Louis Spelios and Steven Schaffer will participate in the discussion, which will focus on the basics of an ESOP, including the financial, fiduciary and legal issues as well as post-transaction wealth management.

The seminar also will feature insight from professionals from Benefit Trust, J.P. Morgan Securities and Prairie Capital Advisors Inc. These three companies, in addition to Bryan Cave, are sponsoring the seminar.

Spelios, the leader of the firm’s ESOP Team, has extensive experience representing trustees of ESOPs in merger and acquisition transactions. He concentrates his practice in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs, antitrust and general business law. 

Schaffer’s practice involves the design of pension, profit sharing and employee benefit plans, as well as the legal aspects of plan administration. He has experience representing companies, trustees and fiduciaries in leveraged ESOP transactions.

Bryan Cave has a nationally recognized practice representing trustees of ESOPs, companies that are either wholly owned or partially owned by ESOPs and private equity funds considering investments in ESOP companies. The firm’s litigators represent ESOP trustees and plan sponsors in lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty or other violations of ERISA. Bryan Cave lawyers also guide ESOP companies and fiduciaries through investigations by the Department of Labor and other governmental agencies.
For more information or to register for this seminar, click here.