Your business is our business
We understand that running a successful business presents many challenges. Our goal is to provide you with sound legal guidance in starting, acquiring, operating, growing, selling or closing a business. We work closely with businesses of all sizes and in a variety of industries to assist them with choice of entity, formation, contracts, changes in ownership, intellectual property, issuing equity interests, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, business succession and employment practices. Together, we can help your business achieve even greater success.
Range of Services:
Starting a Business
The birth of a business is like the birth of a child. You dream about it. You plan for it. You hire professionals to ensure that your business gets the best start possible. You do those things because decisions made at the outset can have far-reaching and long-term implications. Our experience enables us to recognize the challenges of a new business – from liability concerns to tax minimization, from hiring the business team to selling interests in the company. We help entrepreneurs and business owners with these and other concerns.
Our first conversation will likely include the decision about the type of legal entity your business will assume – for example, corporation, S corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or nonprofit entity. From there, we will focus on the various contracts or other documents necessary to solidify your business, such as a buy-sell shareholder agreement, a limited liability company agreement, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, an incentive equity plan, confidentiality agreements, and commercial leases. Let us utilize our extensive knowledge to answer your questions about your business and assist in the formative stages.
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Running a Business
Contracts. Like it or not, the days of handshake deals are over. Most businesses enter into contracts weekly or even daily. At the same time, contracts continue to become more complex. Understanding the contract’s terms, whether it will achieve your goals, whether it is enforceable – these are the kind of worries that keep business people awake at night. Let our experienced lawyers give you peace of mind regarding your business contracts. Whether it is a standard form contract with customers, clients or vendors, a contract you have been presented with, or a major agreement worth millions of dollars, we will craft an agreement that best reflects your business needs and your desires. A well-written contract can help avoid future disputes, and enable you to do what you do best: run your business.
Intellectual Property. You are proud of the name and brand you have built for your business. Now it is time to protect your rights in those valuable assets. Let our licensing and intellectual property knowledge help you with trademarks, copyrights, data privacy and trade secret matters. Protect your business from potential litigation or theft of your intellectual property rights by consulting with us.
Securities. Businesses grow. It is their basic nature. If your business is selling equity or borrowing money from someone other than a bank, securities laws are involved. Likewise, securities laws regulate stock options or profits interests that you may want to provide to your employees, directors or consultants as incentives. Be sure you have consulted with a knowledgeable securities lawyer before embarking on any of these courses.
Family Business. Family businesses are as unique as each family. Succession planning is essential to family-owned businesses. We take the time to understand the dynamics of your family business and the “DNA” of the parties so that your succession plan will provide for the generations to come.
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Buying or Selling a Business
As a business owner, you know that one of the biggest decisions you ever make is deciding to buy or sell a business. A merger or acquisition can be a fast track to growth or an opportunity to move on to something new. Hiring competent legal counsel is essential at this critical juncture, as there are many complex, fast-moving parts: including how the deal is structured (stock sale, asset sale, merger) letters of intent, due diligence, purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements, employment agreements, real estate, vendor and customer contracts, tax considerations, and bills of sale.
Our transactional lawyers represent a wide range of industries in the purchase and sale of businesses. We understand that a merger or acquisition is one of the most significant events in the history of a business, and know how to negotiate the best deal for our client. Because we are not a mega-law firm, we can focus on cost-effectively closing the deal while being sensitive to the business, tax and personal implications for the owners.