Aziz El-Tahch is Stout’s ESOP & ERISA Advisory practice leader. He has experience in the valuation of companies, business interests, and securities for numerous purposes, and he has extensive experience in the valuation of business ownership interests in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). In addition, he has performed analyses related to ESOP security formation and transactions, the determination of transaction fairness and adequate consideration, and annual employer security valuation updates.

Aziz has presented at numerous conferences and seminars on the subjects of valuation and transaction advisory services. He has also published articles on the use of ESOPs to facilitate business transitions and the valuation of intangible property in the context of transfer pricing analyses.

He serves on the board of directors of Point B, Inc., an ESOP-owned consultancy, and Paddock Publications, Inc., a 100% ESOP-owned company and publisher of The Daily Herald and other newspapers. Aziz also previously served on the Board of Directors of Dynetics, Inc., an aerospace and defense company, and Pinnacle Solutions, Inc., an aerospace and defense company.

Prior to joining Stout, Aziz was a Senior Investment Analyst at a New York-based alternative assets investment fund with approximately $500 million under management. At the fund, he focused on credit card debt securitizations, collateralized debt obligation (CDO) and collateralized loan obligation (CLO) securities, and second-lien and mezzanine loans to middle market companies.