David Johanson, Partner, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP to Speak at Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Top Quote The Knowledge Group, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that David Johanson, Partner, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Tax, Valuation, and M&A Considerations for 2019 LIVE Webcast.” End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 27, 2019 - This event is scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2019 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM ET.

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    About David Johanson
    David Johanson is partner-in-charge of the Napa office of Hawkins Parnell & Young and has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York to cover his national practice. David assists clients 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, ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. David has served as outside general counsel to numerous corporate clients over the past 32 years. He also frequently appears on behalf of clients in business and employment-oriented defense litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country, before regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), in tax controversies before the IRS and comparable state regulatory agencies, against felony criminal indictments in U.S. Federal Court, and in dispute resolutions of various kinds. David represents corporations in shareholder and non-competition disputes. David is a past chair of the legislative and regulatory advisory committee of The ESOP Association and the past chair of their advisory committee chairs council and is a former member of its board of directors. He also served for more than 10 years as general counsel to the National Center for Employee Ownership and on its board of directors.

    About Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
    Hawkins Parnell & Young is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states. 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.


    Over the years, employers have effectively used Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) in retaining employees and investing them in the companies’ profitability. However, with the ever-evolving business and legal landscape, it has become crucial for companies and their lawyers to be in the know of the latest developments and updates concerning ESOPs. Top compliance issues that require focus include valuation, M&A, and tax laws.

    In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth analysis of the recent developments in ESOPs. Speakers will also present the best practices in avoiding potential compliance risks and pitfalls.

    Key topics include:
    • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) – Framework and Statistics
    • Recent Trends and Developments Involving:
    • M&A;
    • Tax; and
    • Valuation.
    • Opportunities and Risks
    • Best Compliance Practices

    About The Knowledge Group
    The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/.

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