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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.

Corporate Governance

Business and Finance

Effective business operations and the confidence of a business’ owners and investors depend on proper corporate governance and regulatory compliance.  Even seemingly minor governance issues may carry significant potential liability.  In response to the growing scrutiny corporate leaders face, our clients rely on our business lawyers to navigate through an increasingly complicated regulatory regime to identify their obligations as owners, directors, officers, and managers.

When our clients create or invest in joint ventures or strategic alliances or enter into teaming arrangements, our business lawyers can assist in the structuring of the governing bodies for those unique entities and provide advice on all related issues, including reporting and disclosure requirements.

Experience

We regularly advise our clients’ boards of directors, board committees, management, and investors on the following issues:

  • Fiduciary duties to investors and other stakeholders;
  • Board and committee composition and structure, including membership qualifications and nominating procedures;
  • Development and implementation of corporate policies, including those related to ethics, conflicts of interest, employment, and whistleblower protection;
  • Change-of-control matters, including mergers and acquisitions; and
  • Indemnification of directors, officers, and employees, including D&O insurance issues.

For our privately- or closely-held clients, we provide advice and counseling on the various options available for establishing governance and management policies and procedures; the pros and cons of different business entity forms; the governance/management implications of choosing corporate versus limited liability company versus partnership form; and the rights and obligations of controlling and minority owners.

Who Should Be On Your Board? Five Things to Consider

Many closely-held companies, particularly small to medium-sized ventures (say, $5 million – $100 million in revenue) are run primarily by senior management. Particularly where there is overlap between owners and executives, lines of decision-making can be murky, which means many companies de-emphasize the need for regular board meetings. But even in small, closely-held companies, good governance requires board oversight and good board oversight requires strength and diversity of the voices at the table. ...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.