The Argent ESOP team has participated in some of the U.S.’s more important ESOP transactions and is a leader on many important issues involving ESOPs.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan Services Overview

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Argent’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) services team has participated in the some of the United States’ more important ESOP transactions and is a leader in the U.S. on many important issues involving ESOPs, such as complex valuations of employee securities, corporate governance, executive compensation, sales of ESOP companies and voting of employer securities.

Working with leading investment banking, law firms, valuation firms and other experts, Argent can serve as transaction, ongoing, or successor trustee or special fiduciary for ESOPs across the country.

Why Choose Argent

Led by industry expert David Williams, our team—comprising of ESOP attorneys, senior trust officers, valuation experts and trust administrators—is creative, independent, prudent and responsive. 

Our tenured ESOP team has over 100 years of combined experience with unparalleled knowledge of corporate governance, deal structures, ESOP design, fiduciary issues, finance, law and valuation. Having served approximately 75 clients with total plan assets in excess of $3 billion, our team has faced nearly every possible issue.

More Information About ESOPs

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee-owned structure providing employees an ownership interest in the company sponsoring the plan.

The ownership interest can range from a small minority interest to 100% of the company’s stock, depending on the objectives of those establishing the plan.

An ESOP is a Qualified Retirement Plan, specifically a defined contribution plan, and is governed by both IRS and Department of Labor rules and regulations. The IRS naturally is interested in the taxation issues involving the creation of the plan, while the Department of Labor seeks to ensure that the employee participants of the plan are treated fairly and are well represented.

Three reasons a company may desire to establish an ESOP:

1|  To provide a way for a departing owner of the company to sell their shares in a tax-efficient manner.

– If the ESOP plan owns 30% or more of the stock of a C corporation, the selling owner may defer taxation on the sale of stock to the plan if he reinvests the proceeds into qualifying replacement securities.

2|  To enhance the esprit de corps of a company by providing a supplementary benefit to employees and making them part owners.

3|  To create a means to borrow funds for capital use in a tax-preferred manner.

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