The Knowledge Group Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Pros and Cons

New York, NY, April 18, 2015 –(– The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled: Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Pros and Cons. This two-hour event is scheduled on July 20, 2015 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET.

Event Synopsis:

More companies are considering employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) to liquefy accumulated equity without relinquishing control of the companies or jeopardizing the jobs of valued employees. The Knowledge Group is hosting a live webcast to help companies understand the Advantages and Disadvantages of an Employee Stock Ownership Plans in 2015.

In this two hour webinar, the panel of skilled practitioners will provide an overview of ESOP structuring, administration, the tax implications, accounting and disclosure issues, common misconceptions, and recent litigation risks due to changes in ESOP accounting rules and fair value disclosures. The agenda will include:

– ESOPs: Overview and Trends
– ESOP Vs. Other Retirement Plans
– Rulings: IRS PLRs, DOL Advisory Opinions & FABs, IRS TASM, and ESOP Cadre Guidance
– ESOP Advantages and Disadvantages
– Monetary Consequences: Employees and Companies
– Compliance and Monetary Risks for Participants
– Non-Compliance Sanctions for Employee Benefit Plan Rules
– Widely Held Misconceptions

Speakers/Faculty Panel

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
David R. Johanson

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
Rachel J.Markun

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About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group, LLC brings together the world’s leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.

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Contact Information
The Knowledge Congress
Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
Therese Lumbao, Director
Account Management & Member Services