Practice/Industry Group Overview
Acquiring or selling a company (whether private or public) is a delicate and complex process that requires broad-based knowledge and experience, diligence and many skills.
We regularly help individuals and companies large and small acquire or sell businesses in a wide variety of industries. The transactions include sales of assets, sales of stock or other equity positions, mergers, consolidations, and tax-free reorganizations. Due to the strength of our creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice, we often handle purchases and sales of assets and businesses in distressed situations, including bankruptcy and receivership proceedings.
Because we are a full-service firm, with accomplished practitioners in so many areas, we are fully capable of understanding and assessing all aspects of a business acquisition or disposition, as well as the underlying business, thereby enabling us to advise our clients how best to structure a transaction, minimize risks, and achieve excellent results.
Our acquisition work includes planning for taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, conducting due diligence investigations, preparing documentation, negotiating the transaction and documentation, and assessing and allocating risk on all aspects of the transaction, including analysis of patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property rights, securities law compliance, environmental concerns, real estate issues, labor and employment matters, litigation, ERISA compliance, and tax issues. Our work for purchasers of businesses often includes representing the client in the debt or equity financing that may be necessary to consummate the acquisition. We meet with our clients to fully understand their needs and customize a team of our attorneys with the applicable specialties so that we can help the client achieve the best possible results.