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Insight and experience for entrepreneurs and exceptional families.
The ESOP Group is an experienced team of professionals focused exclusively on the unique needs and challenges of business owners and exceptional families. For more than 30 years we have provided advice to our clients, guiding them through major milestones in their businesses and lives. Our clients entrust us to coordinate the resources of our firm, professional network, and team to tailor solutions that fulfill their goals and preserve their legacy. Whether helping our clients build a succession plan for their company, a trust and estate plan for their family, or financial plan for their assets, our goal is to help make your biggest financial decisions easier.

The ESOP Group


phone

877-794-1042



phone

877-806-9719





address

Terminus 100
3280 Peachtree Road NE
21st Floor
Atlanta, GA 30305



Why clients choose us

We are a multi-generational team spanning three generations backed by the full resources of one of the world‘s largest wealth management firms. Having managed assets through four recessions, our senior partners bring wisdom and experience while younger partners bring relevance and continuity to our clients.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a low client-to-team member ratio so that we can deeply understand our clients’ priorities and the challenges they face. Our long-standing tenure and deep connections within UBS expedite our ability to deliver solutions to our clients.

Our team of 10 investment professionals includes two Chartered Financial Analysts, three Certified Financial Planner™ professionals, four Certified Exit Planning Advisors®, two Chartered Retirement Planning Counselors®, and a Chartered Financial Consultant®.


Private Wealth Management

As Private Wealth Advisors we use our perspective to tailor everything our clients need, helping transform their success
and wealth into a legacy that can last for generations.

Business Succession

The decision to exit your business is personal and complex. Should you decide to sell, planning is a key component to help achieve your personal and financial goals – it's never too early to start.


Keith Mericka and Leslie Lauer have been recognized as industry leaders

Keith A. Mericka

  • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2014 - 2020
  • Barron's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors, 2009 - 2013
  • Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers, 2013 - 2016, 2018
  • Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, GA, 2019, 2020
  • REP and WealthManagement.com Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors, 2011, 2013 - 2016

Leslie A. Lauer, CFP®, ChFC®, CEPA®

  • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2018 - 2020
  • Barron's Top 100 Women Financial Advisors, 2016 - 2020
  • Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers, 2017, 2018
  • Forbes America's Top Women Advisors, 2018 - 2020
  • Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, GA, 2018 - 2020
  • Forbes Top 1000 Women Wealth Advisors, 2020
  • Forbes Top 200 Women Advisors, 2017 - 2019
  • REP and WealthManagement.com Top 50 Wirehouse Women, 2015

UBS – a global leader in wealth management

Euromoney 2020 Private Banking survey
UBS has been ranked first in the following categories

  • Best Private Banking Services Overall
  • Serving Business Owners
  • Family Office Services
  • Philanthropic Advice
  • Next Generation
  • ESG/Social Impact Investing
  • Services for Ultra High Net Worth Clients (USD 30 million to USD 250 million)
  • Services for High Net Worth Clients (USD 5 million to USD 30 million)

Goals-based planning

We believe that even the most formidable wealth goals can best be achieved through a well-coordinated, well-implemented plan. Our process begins with meaningful conversations that help us focus on what’s really important to you. You articulate your goals and we’ll help you figure out the steps for achieving them. As your life and needs change, we will revisit and update your plan ensuring it evolves with you and your family over time. Our planning conversations focus on:

  • Trusts and wealth transfer strategies
  • Estate plan flowcharts
  • Tax planning
  • Cash flow modeling
  • Insurance planning and coverage analysis
  • Employee benefits review
  • Education planning
  • Succession planning and family wealth conversations

Liquidity. Longevity. Legacy.

We help you organize your financial life into three key strategies: Liquidity—to help provide cash flow for short-term expenses, Longevity—for longer-term needs and Legacy—for needs that go beyond your own.

Liquidity
0 - 3 years

To help maintain your lifestyle

  • Entertainment and travel
  • Taxes
  • Purchasing a home

Longevity
4 years – lifetime

To help improve your lifestyle

  • Retirement
  • Healthcare and long-term care expenses
  • Second home

Legacy
Now – beyond your lifetime

To help improve the lives of others

  • Giving to family
  • Philanthropy
  • Wealth transfer over generations

Asset allocation
Your personalized financial plan is critical to our process as it helps inform your custom asset allocation. The plan we create together enables us to understand your long- and short-term goals, your appetite for risk and provides an integrated view of your wealth.

Managing risk
By listening and aligning with your objectives, we focus on strategies that allow for sensible growth and help mitigate risk. As we implement your investment strategy, we communicate regularly and track performance, rebalancing and making adjustments for life changes and economic conditions.

Open architecture
We make investment decisions objectively and deliberately, without any conflicts of interest. We consider all investment vehicles as potential tools for building a customized investment portfolio using a disciplined product selection process.

My Total Picture®
By using our proprietary “My Total Picture” technology, we can provide you a consolidated report on all of your assets—those held at UBS and others held away.

Industry-leading wealth management research
By drawing upon our investment analysis and the thought leadership and market insight of our Chief Investment Office, we help ensure are clients are receiving the firm‘s best strategic and tactical allocation guidance.

We collaborate with you on what you want to achieve with your strategic giving, including creating a philanthropic vision that aligns with your core values and beliefs. We can also help you align your philanthropy with your other financial strategies so that charitable aspirations aren’t fulfilled at the expense of other important objectives. Especially in this economic environment, smart giving requires the same carefully constructed strategic thinking that you apply to the rest of your finances.

UBS Philanthropy Compass

The UBS Philanthropy Compass was designed to take you step by step through the key questions that will shape your philanthropy. It guides you through questions intended to trigger and structure thinking, whether you are new to the field or a seasoned philanthropist reviewing previous assumptions, to help you find your very own answers.

Global Philanthropists Community

A private, invitation-only network of UHNW philanthropists to foster collaboration and share knowledge and best practices.

The value of a Family Office Consultant (FOC)
Keith Mericka and Leslie Lauer are among a select group of Private Wealth Advisors who have earned the Family Office Consultant designation. They have undergone rigorous training to strengthen their knowledge and proficiency to help manage the investment, business, passion and legacy needs of sophisticated, ultra-high net worth clients and their families. Keith and Leslie understand the complexities of intergenerational wealth and the challenges faced by exceptional clients. Through our partnership with the Family Office Solutions Group, a team of more than 20 specialists with unusually deep and broad experience in disciples that go well beyond wealth management, we align our client's specific needs with the best of UBS' insight and expertise.

Family Office Compass

The Family Office Compass is intended to be a practical guide for families setting up their own dedicated family office. The Compass takes the reader through a structured process and prompts their thinking about their family’s needs and how their family office should be set up to meet these needs. Readers will also find examples of how other families have designed their family offices.

Building a Family Office

Authored by our business partners in Advanced Planning, this piece provides an overall view on family offices including proper definition, history, scope, types, and single family office evolution and structuring.

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A story for the generations: UBS Family Office Services Group

A partner for your life vision
The UBS Family Office Solutions Group brings an integrated approach to address entire life needs.



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