Aziz El-Tahch is a Managing Director in the Valuation Advisory group and Stout’s ESOP & ERISA Advisory practice Co-leader. He has experience in the valuation of companies, business interests, and securities, for numerous purposes, and has extensive experience in the valuation of business ownership interests in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), and has performed analyses related to ESOP security formation and transactions, 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.

In addition to serving as co-lead of Stout’s ESOP & ERISA Advisory practice, Aziz also serves on the boards of directors of two 100% ESOP-owned companies: Dynetics, Inc., an aerospace and defense company with approximately 1,400 employees; and Paddock Publications, Inc., publisher of The Daily Herald and other newspapers. 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.