Best Practices for ESOP Boards of Directors

This webinar looks at what makes an effective board. Should there be outside directors? What should their qualifications and compensation be? Should there be non-management employees on the board? Should board members be fiduciaries? Should plan advisors be on the board? What should board duties be and what makes boards most productive?
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Best Practices for ESOP Boards of Directors

This webinar looks at what makes an effective board. Should there be outside directors? What should their qualifications and compensation be? Should there be non-management employees on the board? Should board members be fiduciaries? Should plan advisors be on the board? What should board duties be and what makes boards most productive?

Do That with Your ESOP: Great Ideas from ESOP Companies

Every year we hear great ideas from ESOP companies on culture, administration, sustainability, governance, and more. This seminar brings together many of these ideas in a single place. You will learn:  What are some of the best ideas from ESOP companies in corporate culture and communication?  What are some of the best ideas from ESOP companies in plan design, operations, and governance?
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Executive Compensation in ESOP Companies

Providing the right executive compensation is a tricky issue for any company, but it can be especially challenging for an ESOP company. Fiduciary rules require the ESOP trustee to make sure that executive pay is reasonable. S ESOP corporation rules require special care be paid to the form in which executives receive equity compensation and how much they get. Corporate philosophies about compensation may emphasize a flatter pay and rewards scale than in similar conventional companies. These and other issues make this webinar especially timely. Learn from the experts what works, what doesn't, what other people do, and what the laws require.
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Lessons from Recent Litigation

The plaintiff in Lee v. Argent Trust Co. filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after the district court dismissed the complaint. In the Fourth Circuit, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Society of Appraisers (“ASA”) and made several novel arguments supported by extensive Congressional materials. The ASA’s brief provides the Court with ERISA legislative history and other Congressional materials, and argues that the materials directly contradict many widespread misunderstandings about ESOPs and ESOP trustee fiduciary obligations. The ASA’s brief also explains that many plaintiffs, and some courts, have assessed “investment value” instead of “fair market value,” and that plaintiffs have led courts into error concerning the nature of a fair market value appraisal. Join members of the McDermott Will & Emery ESOP Litigation team for a discussion of the amicus brief.

Lessons from Recent Litigation

An understanding of recent developments in litigation brought by ESOP participants and the DOL, and in DOL investigations and IRS audits, can help to avoid problems with regulators and to be prepared to deal with trouble if it comes. Join members of the McDermott Will & Emery ESOP Litigation team for a discussion of the lessons all ESOP owned companies, fiduciaries and advisors should be focusing on in 2020.
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Responsibilities of an Internal ESOP Fiduciary

As an internal ESOP fiduciary, you have substantial legal responsibilities. This webinar will discuss what fiduciaries do, how they can deal with audits and avoid lawsuits.