We represent entrepreneurs, start-up and early stage businesses, growing middle-market companies and mature, established enterprises. We advise our clients, their management and their directors through the evolutionary phases of business development, growth, maturation and exit.
We are quick studies of our clients’ businesses, having developed extensive experience and expertise in a variety of industries. Like our clients, we are entrepreneurial thinkers, and we are sensitive to the need to provide immediate and effective solutions to their needs. We also appreciate the importance of knowing a client’s business, and weighing legal issues from a business perspective.
We often serve as general counsel to our clients, working as key advisors on all aspects of their businesses. In this role, we often coordinate the services of other lawyers and professionals within our Firm, as well as outside advisors with special expertise or experience that we identify to complement our own efforts on specific client challenges and opportunities.
Words are the language of the law, but numbers are the language of business; we are fluent in both. We review business plans and advise early-stage, growth-oriented companies and private entrepreneurs regarding the legal implications of raising debt or equity financing. We also assist partners, key managers and investors in structuring ownership vehicles to enhance the probability of constructive, profitable, long-term relationships.
After creation or acquisition of new businesses, we provide strategic advice regarding financing, acquisitions, executive compensation and employment, intellectual property, and tax issues, as well as potential exit strategies. We understand how to position our clients for raising additional capital required for growth and acquisition strategies. Our experience includes comprehensive services on complex corporate financing and M&A transactions. We also counsel companies about corporate governance and risk management issues.
In addition, we advise businesses regarding routine and extraordinary contractual matters, from reviewing a new vendor contract to advising on a major customer relationship. We are, first and foremost, deal makers – not deal breakers. We handle transactions for our clients carefully and efficiently, tailoring our negotiating and drafting strategies to the needs of our client on a specific deal. We do not identify roadblocks without also, whenever possible, suggesting practical paths around the obstacles that stand in the way of consummating the transaction. We actively seek strategies that will allow our clients to close transactions and realize value for their businesses.
In our general counsel role, we endeavor to help owners, managers and directors conduct their businesses in a manner that avoids the need for litigation. When litigation is unavoidable, we facilitate the transition of a matter to our Disputes & Litigation Group, but remain involved to help guide the controversy to a resolution that makes business sense.