An Introduction To ESOPs


An Introduction To ESOPs

The speaker will discuss the different ways an ESOP can be used as a tool for succession planning and exit planning by the shareholder of a corporation. The speaker will also explain the various ESOP transaction structures and the benefits and tradeoffs of each structure. The speaker will discuss how to determine if an ESOP will be right for a corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide unbiased information from the National Center for Employee Ownership and demystify ESOPs to the attendees of the virtual meeting.
  • To discuss the tax benefits of using an ESOP as an exit planning tool for shareholders.
  • To discuss the benefits of an ESOP in addition to tax benefits.


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert, Sheryl C. Bayani-Alzona, Attorney.

Meet the Presenter


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The EPI Local Chapter is different than other groups because it brings together a diverse group of professionals from a wide range of specialties that can naturally work collaboratively on exit planning, succession planning, value growth, transaction or any engagement from both sides of the equation. The chapter meets regularly to network, reconnect, grow knowledge, and sharpen their skills with a common goal: Change the outcome for transitioning business owners. Make plans to join us for future events and connect with the local leadership by visiting

About the Presenter

Sheryl C. Bayani-Alzona

Sheryl C. Bayani-Alzona


Meet Sheryl C. Bayani-Alzona:

Sheryl focuses on ESOP consultation, operations and documentation. She guides companies, shareholders, internal and independent trustees on all aspects of ESOP transactions and compliance.

She brings her law practice 11 years of experience as a consultant and administrator of ESOPs, from transaction and compliance through plan termination. Sheryl helps clients when they are considering a liquidity event a business succession plan or a plan to share equity with their employees.

In the event of inquires from the Department of Labor and the IRS, Sheryl is an excellent line of defense. She coordinates with third party administrators, CPAs, and attorneys to efficiently and accurately respond to minimize liability for income and excise taxes, interest, and penalties.

Sheryl has a knack for explaining complex ESOP and ERISA rules in clear language. She is an avid participant in various ESOP and employee benefit plan conferences, where she is a frequent speaker. Her experience and commitment to continuing to learn gives her invaluable insight into what is really going on in the ESOP and employee benefits arena.