Are ESOPs Really More Complex Than Other Ways to Sell a Business?

Are ESOPs Really More Complex Than Other Ways to Sell a Business?

This table from The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) compares the complexity, risks, and flexibility of selling a closely held company to an ESOP compared to selling to a third party. It is based on the advice of a number of experts in the field. Each transaction, however, will bring its own special issues, so the descriptions in this table are for typical transactions and may not apply in every situation.