We try to get at the big picture. What do you really want to do here? What’s the business goal of this deal and what’s your appetite for risk? — David C. Berg
As general counsel to closely-held companies without legal departments of their own, our team performs every sort of corporate legal function on a daily basis. Immersing ourselves in our clients’ businesses, we routinely draft their entire spectrum of business and commercial agreements, tailoring those agreements to their specific business models.
Having represented hundreds of companies in literally thousands of legal matters, our knowledge of common business practices is comprehensive, and our clients rely on us for legal and business counsel on all levels — from broad strategic advice to day-to-day execution — all provided in a timely, cost-efficient manner.
Our clients also seek our counsel in a wide variety of corporate transactions, which we help them plan, structure, and negotiate with a clear-eyed view of the underlying business goals. In doing so, we look at all times to the big picture — to both the internal objectives and external market realities — before moving ahead with any deal. We pay particular attention to those aspects that clients tend to overlook — engagement agreements, intellectual property issues, non-compete agreements, etc. — making sure each is pointed out and thoroughly understood before moving forward.
At every stage, we keep clients fully informed of the costs, obstacles, and future risks that could change the nature of the deal — or scuttle it altogether. While we are thorough in our diligence and mindful of the pitfalls, our goal is to make the deal — not break it — and we regularly get major transactions to the finish line on time and within our projected budget.
Contracts and Agreements — We regularly draft a wide range of business and commercial contracts, including:
- Agency agreements
- Distribution agreements
- Employment agreements
- Severance agreements
- Asset purchase and stock purchase agreements
- Confidentiality agreements
- Joint venture arrangements
- Shareholder agreements
- Operating agreements
- Non-competition, non-solicitation and non-circumvention agreements
- Trademark license agreements
- Consulting/independent contractor agreements
- Management agreements
- Service provider agreements
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Sales and purchases of companies, assets, and business interests
- Leasing of properties for commercial ventures
- Licensing and distributorship arrangements