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Commercial & Corporate

From structuring the initial venture to reorganizations, we counsel clients from start-up through expansion and growth, advising on the host of legal and business issues that arise daily in the life of a company.

We work with both in-house corporate law departments and clients that do not have staff attorneys. Our practice is both domestic and international, and includes representation of public companies, privately held entities, family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs. Depending on a client's needs, we act as general counsel or provide special counseling on particular issues--from the routine to the highly sophisticated.  Our other practice areas, including litigation, intellectual property, information technology and taxation, add a unique dimension to our ability to address our clients' needs and goals.

Our attorneys combine knowledge of the law with an understanding of business exigencies. We recognize that some matters call for 'tried and true' treatment, while others require dynamic approaches. Regardless of the situation, our role is to provide efficient and effective solutions.

A closely held business inevitably will come to a crossroads, either due to the aging or illness of the founders who must find suitable successors or perhaps a fortuitous offer to purchase the business presents itself. Over the years, we have assisted many businesses with the process of preparing for sale, negotiating the transaction and closing the deal. Larger companies may desire to sell their businesses, or a division, or merge with another entity; we often advise companies in these situations as well.

In still other situations, companies may look for strategic acquisitions, to add a needed product/service line or location or add to existing capacity; and we often advise the acquiring companies in these transactions. The firm's capabilities in tax and finance have enabled us to handle and advise on all aspects of these acquisitions.

Capabilities

Our Commercial Practice group has the capabilities and experience to respond to a complete range of client business needs. These include:

Business Transactions

Business formation and structuring

Commercial agreements

Confidentiality agreements

Counseling shareholders, directors and officers

Creditors' rights

Employer/employee relations

Employment agreements

Executive compensation

Loan transactions

Mergers and acquisitions

Publishing

Reorganizations

Shareholder agreements and disputes

Stock option plans

Technology

Venture capital and corporate finance

 

International

Financing

Joint ventures

Off-shore corporations

Technology development and licensing

 

Taxation

Audits before local, state and federal taxing authorities

Litigation

Taxation of cable franchises

Capabilities

Capabilities

Our Commercial Practice group has the capabilities and experience to respond to a complete range of client business needs. These include:

Business Transactions

  • Business formation and structuring
  • Commercial agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Counseling shareholders, directors and officers
  • Creditors' rights
  • Employer/employee relations
  • Employment agreements
  • Executive compensation
  • Franchising
  • Loan transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private placements
  • Public offerings
  • Publishing
  • Reorganizations
  • Shareholder agreements and disputes
  • Stock option plans
  • Technology
  • Venture capital and corporate finance

International

  • Financing
  • Joint ventures
  • Off-shore corporations
  • Privatization
  • Technology development and licensing

Taxation

  • Audits before local, state and federal taxing authorities
  • Litigation
  • Taxation of cable franchises

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