Practice/Industry Group Overview
Many business leaders have learned that consulting a lawyer first can avoid problems later. That is why many of our clients include the Business Law Team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer when formulating their plans and strategies. Many clients look to us for general support of their business endeavors which we provide in the nature of ongoing corporate counseling. Others turn to us for particular assistance when they embark on complex transactions, mergers or acquisitions, or the formation of new ventures.
We advise clients on the planning, organizing and restructuring of new or existing businesses, and assist in documenting the relationship between, and among, the business entity and its owners. We provide guidance in entity selection, attend to formation, assist in state business registration processes and prepare organizational and governing documents. We structure, negotiate and draft agreements for shareholder buyouts, retirements, buy-sell arrangements, and operating agreements. We assist businesses in the challenges faced in attracting and retaining key employees, including implementation of phantom stock and employee incentive plans.
For the client who wishes to purchase or sell a business, our Team handles all aspects of the transaction from contract negotiation through due diligence to closing. We draw on the expertise of the firm's Tax, Environmental, Commercial Real Estate, Intellectual Property and other Teams as needed to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to the various and unique legal issues in each transaction.
When business difficulties or opportunities arise, our clients turn to our Team for counsel in such matters as making or resisting hostile takeover bids or leveraged buyouts, negotiating shareholder and partnership disputes, negotiating licensing and non-compete agreements and resolving regulatory compliance disputes with governmental entities.
Corporate officers and directors, executives and business leaders seek our legal advice and services in matters concerning the ongoing operation of their businesses, including the review of vendor contracts, preparation of employment agreements, policies and manuals, real estate and equipment leases and advice on applicable governmental regulations as well as continuing surveillance of relevant new developments in the law at both the state and federal levels.
Our Team provides comprehensive legal services to business clients ranging in size from small, start-up ventures to multinational enterprises, whether corporations, professional corporations, non-profit entities, limited liability companies, limited or general partnerships, joint ventures or sole proprietorships.
Given the emergent nature of the challenges faced by our corporate clients in operating their business, our attorneys recognize our role to educate the client as to the legal implications of a particular transaction and to provide such advice in a timely practical manner. With our support, our clients can make informed decisions about how to proceed with particular courses of action and business relationships. When clients make the business decision to proceed, our Team is poised to service their needs in getting the deal done. Whether through a brief telephone consultation, contract review or comprehensive negotiation, our Business Law Team provides the appropriate level of service our clients require so they can concentrate on conducting the business of business.