ESOP Tips for Business Advisors

If you’re an attorney, an accountant, or a financial advisor, you probably have clients who could benefit from a liquidity event, but wouldn’t dream of selling their closely-held companies.

A leveraged ESOP may be the best option.

M&A Isn't Always the Answer

Whether business owners are concerned about damaging their legacies, abandoning trusted employees, or giving up on potential multi-generational assets, their fears are valid and, at times, stifling. Even if they ultimately settle for a traditional third-party or private equity transaction, the capital gains tax burden can often be painful.

Watch this brief case study and see how ESOPs can help stakeholders attain their unique goals.

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ESOP:  A Liquidity Alternative


Employee stock ownership plans offer private companies and family businesses a tax-efficient, liquidity opportunity. A company’s stock is sold to an employee trust at a fair market valuation. The transaction is funded through commercial and/or seller financing (often without personal guarantees) and paid-off with pre-tax corporate cash flow. This frees shareholders’ capital and carries a host of other advantages.

Why do Leading Advisors and Relationship Managers Trust CSG?

We've guided companies nationwide – from feasibility studies to financing and completed transactions – though the employee ownership process.

Our focus on education, and our commitment to honoring advisor-client relationships, has led to hundreds of ESOP formations and numerous awards from leading organizations.

40+ ESOP Firm and Deal of the Year Awards

Employee Ownership Insights from our Team



For additional employee ownership tips and insights, check out our most popular educational materials, prepared by our ESOP experts.


Free ESOP CLE Course

Learn the key concepts behind employee stock ownership plans with this course (a $99 value). This presentation covers the practical benefits of ESOPs while highlighting the fiduciary and special tax rules applicable to these transactions.

Attorneys can earn pre-approved CLE credits upon completion of this 90-minute, on-demand seminar.