Business Organization and Transactions

We provide the legal advice and representation needed to put business ideas into action. Our business clients range from small businesses to multinational corporations. Our attorneys have the experience and skill to protect your interests and position you for success. We assist clients with every aspect of their businesses from advising them on and creating business entities to writing partnership and operating agreements, to acquisitions, divestitures and mergers. We handle regulatory and compliance issues, and we draft and negotiate contracts with shareholders, members, managers, vendors, consultants, independent contractors, joint venture partners, employees, concessionaires and lessors and lessees. We also handle all types of asset and real property transactions.

We also act as outside general counsel to a variety of for profit and non-profit entities (including public charities and private foundations) as well as advising boards of directors on corporate restructures and internal governance and fiduciary issues.

Business Formation

The form of business entity you select today can have an impact on your company’s profitability, tax status and success for years to come. We analyze your business model and recommend a type of business entity that will best fit your needs and goals. Issues of liability, taxes and control are central to the type of business you choose. Among the business entities we may recommend are:

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • S Corporation
  • C Corporation

Business Transactions

Whether you are running a multi-location restaurant business, an airline, an Internet-based business, a technology or products company or a retail business, you are only as strong as your underlying organizational documents, the contracts and other agreements you operate under in your day-to-day business operations. We review, negotiate and draft clear contracts to protect your interests in your interactions with employees, vendors, distributors and customers. In addition, we assist clients with the purchase and sale of assets, including equipment, real estate, inventory, intangible assets, copyrights, trademarks and patents.

We also advise closely-held corporations on business transition restructuring and implementation to ensure an orderly and fair transfer of the business to the next generation.

A brief sample of areas in which we have advised clients on are as follows:

  • Purchase and Sale Agreements for businesses
  • Merger Agreements
  • Employment Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements; Confidentiality Agreements; Non-Solicitation Agreements; Work-for-Hire Agreements; Consulting and Independent Contractor Agreements, Severance Agreements and General and Limited Release and Waivers.
  • Letters of Intent
  • Lease Agreements for Equipment and Real Estate
  • Shareholder Agreements and other Organizational Documents, including, without limitation Bylaws and Operating Agreements
  • Opinions and Audit Responses