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Business and Finance

Our Business and Finance Group is widely recognized as one of the finest in the region. Whether you are executing a bet-the-company transaction or simply updating your standard employment forms, you will have the full attention of an experienced lawyer who asks the questions that haven’t occurred to you yet, who commands a whole spectrum of ways to engineer contract terms to address the issues specific to your business, and who knows how to negotiate – and how to close – to achieve your objectives.

Business Counseling

Business and Finance

Our business lawyers develop a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses — both big picture and the day-to-day issues they face. Because the majority of our clients do not have in-house counsel, we are accustomed to dealing directly with our clients’ senior managers and decision makers and, as a result, are often asked to provide advice and counseling that are not purely legal in nature. We believe this makes us more knowledgeable and responsive to clients, and enables us to deliver practical, real-world advice.

We provide guidance in all stages of a client’s business life cycle, from the choice of entity to developing and implementing an exit strategy.

Experience

The decisions companies make during the early stages of their development can have a lasting impact on their ongoing performance. We advise new ventures on determining the optimal legal structure in light of the relevant considerations, including protection from liability, tax efficiency, capital structure, and administrative and governance issues.

As our clients grow, we regularly counsel them on:

  • Debt and equity financing;
  • Succession issues in the context of family businesses;
  • Operational transactions (including preparation and negotiation of purchase, leasing, distribution, and sales representative agreements; patent, trademark, software, and technology licensing; and business venture, consulting, and employment agreements);
  • Employment and independent contractor issues;
  • Shareholder and partner relationships;
  • Tax planning;
  • Real estate issues;
  • Regulatory compliance; and
  • Business disputes.

We believe we can be most helpful and cost effective if clients develop an ongoing relationship with the Firm that enables our lawyers to fully grasp their business and its challenges. Because our Business Counseling Practice informs every other practice area at the Firm, a well-versed lead partner can more easily connect a client to the other Firm resources it needs.

Shareholders Agreements – Why Are They So Important?

A shareholder agreement for a corporation or an operating agreement for a limited liability company (or LLC) is a vital document for partners entering into business. Too often though, business partners don’t enter into a shareholder agreement at the outset of their venture. The consequences can be disastrous. If you haven’t dealt with important issues on the front end, things can be much more expensive on the back end. It’s like the old Midas Muffler commercial – you can pay me now (to prepare and guide you through the shareholder agreement) or pay me later (to extricate you from the situation that arises if you don’t have an agreement). ...More

Business and Finance

Our Business and Finance Group is widely recognized as one of the finest in the region. Whether you are executing a bet-the-company transaction or simply updating your standard employment forms, you will have the full attention of an experienced lawyer who asks the questions that haven’t occurred to you yet, who commands a whole spectrum of ways to engineer contract terms to address the issues specific to your business, and who knows how to negotiate – and how to close – to achieve your objectives.