Closely-Held & Family Businesses

Our Experience

We provide practical legal and business advice on matters ranging from everyday operational concerns to significant events in the lifecycle of client businesses. Our substantial experience representing closely-held and family businesses includes:

  • Structuring and formation of corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and partnerships with business, legal and tax objectives in mind
  • Providing advice regarding governance and evolving board composition.
  • Providing advice regarding stockholder and employee relationships.
  • Providing guidance with regard to joint ventures, strategic partnerships, and other strategic alliances, both domestic and international.
  • Working up creative solutions for buyout agreements, exit strategies, business valuations and related agreements.
  • Tax counseling with regard to income tax exposures and strategic planning for optimal after-tax performance, including counseling related to special events such as mergers and acquisitions.
  • Protection and leveraging of intellectual property assets.
  • Facilitating financing transactions of all kinds related to public and private offerings of securities, secured and unsecured loans and bond financings, and venture capital or private equity transactions.
  • Due diligence work and counseling related to acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, management buy-outs and other business reorganizations.
  • Facilitating expansion into new markets, providing clients not only with regulatory advice, but introductions to potential partners and key figures in new areas.
  • Ownership and management succession planning, including both estate and succession planning for owners of family businesses with children who are either active or inactive in the business.
  • Assisting in family legacy planning and family governance, addressing issues related to succession, structure, compensation, philanthropy and other matters.
  • Drafting and negotiating important commercial contracts.