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Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPs”) are a well-established ownership model in the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries – though they may not be right for every firm. An ESOP is essentially a qualified retirement plan under ERISA (like a 401k plan) that is created to predominately own shares in your company for the benefit of employees. An ESOP is guided by a Trustee that oversees the retirement plan. Thus, employees earn a stake over time in the business's success through rising share values in the employees’ retirement accounts.

ESOP regulations require that company shares are valued at the transaction and annually thereafter by a qualified independent valuation expert who advises the Trustee of the fair market value of the company’s equity. For established ESOPs, our longstanding AEC industry expertise combined with strong financial and valuation acumen means that our valuation reports not only meet regulatory requirements but also provide a pathway to improve shareholder value. For new ESOPs or follow-on ESOP purchases of shares, Trustees have greater confidence in our valuation opinions based on our deep industry knowledge and technical abilities.

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If you are considering an ESOP, our specialized industry knowledge sets us apart from generalist valuation and ESOP advisory firms, providing greater confidence in founders and firm leaders considering an ESOP for their company. ESOP Trustees take great comfort in our ability to combine deep industry knowledge with exceptional valuation expertise and report preparation.

If you have an established ESOP or are exploring an ownership transition, Matheson Advisors can provide you with a well-documented and reasoned fair market value opinion.

ESOP Formation Transactions

ESOP Termination Valuations

Annual ESOP Administrative Valuations

Fairness Opinions

Transaction Structuring

ESOP Sell-Side M&A Advisory

Buyouts, Recapitalizations, & Refinancing of Existing Debt

ESOP Sustainability Analysis

Corporate advisor to founder evaluating an ESOP Transaction

Trustee’s Financial Advisor

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