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David R. Johanson, Partner, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP to Speak at TKG’s 2017 Significant Developments in Employee Stock Ownership Plan Explored! Live Webcast

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that David R. Johanson, Partner, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “2017 Significant Developments in Employee Stock Ownership Plan Explored! Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET).

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About David R. Johanson
David R. Johanson is Partner-in-Charge of the Napa office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. He also has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas to cover his national client base with a team of more than 20 partners, associates, and paralegals. David and his team assist in general corporate matters and in employee ownership, benefit, ERISA, and related business matters, with an emphasis on executive compensation, equity incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. David and his team have defended ERISA fiduciaries, plan sponsors, selling shareholders, and investment advisers in ERISA litigation matters involving ESOPs and business transactions in federal and state courts throughout the country in a wide range of controversies covering ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, ESOP valuation disputes, disclosure obligations, investment issues, non-competition disputes, and tax matters. David has extensive experience in negotiating ESOP, ERISA, and other issues with government regulatory agencies and in representing ERISA fiduciaries and members of Boards of Directors and officers in state and federal litigation throughout the country.

About Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP

Over the last half century, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP has grown to include more than 160 lawyers in 10 offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco. The team represents many of America’s largest corporations, small local businesses, and individuals in complex litigation and transactions. As national leaders in their fields of expertise, their ESOP, Employee Benefits, M&A, Tax & ERISA group brings extraordinary depth in perspective when advising clients in connection with retirement plans, equity incentives, executive compensation, shareholder issues, fiduciaries, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and benefits litigation throughout the country.

Event Synopsis:

Among the qualified defined-contribution retirement plans that are widely offered by companies to its employees, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) has gained more popularity because of its unique offerings. ESOP is a retirement program that can be leveraged and used as a corporate finance strategy. It also offers tax benefits and facilitates management succession. While ESOPs provide significant advantages, it is still imperative for employers and employees to be well-aware of its underlying complexities and hurdles to ward off potential compliance and monetary risks.

In this live webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the significant developments and critical issues with respect to Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Speakers will also offer best practices in establishing and maintaining an ESOP while ensuring compliance with applicable laws.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

The ABCs of Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Benefits and Hurdles
Common Misconceptions
Potential Pitfalls and Risks for Participants
Significant Regulatory Issues
Latest Trends and Developments
Best Practices in Establishing an ESOP

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

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