Business Transactions


Our Firm offers strategic advice, planning and services, including crisis management, to shareholders and other business owners, upper management and in-house counsel. We learn our clients’ businesses and industries to help meet their objectives. The scope of our services includes mergers and acquisitions; contract drafting and negotiation; vendor, customer and employee claims and disputes; financings; capital raising; major asset purchases; shareholder and owner disputes; succession planning; legal compliance audits, defense and tax analysis, planning and compliance. Examples include:

New Business Startups or Challenged Next Stage Growth.

  • Entity structure and forum selection benefits and detriments.
  • Preservation and securitization of critical intellectual property rights.
  • Management and preservation of key employee and talent resources.
  • Establishing venue and sources for capital infusions and financings.
  • Establishment of reliable vendor and customer platforms.
  • Preservation of decision making stability and controls.
  • Creation of structural flexibility and stability for growth, transition and future economic uncertainty.

Major Transaction Undertakings: Mergers, Acquisitions, Succession Plans, Shareholder Buyouts and Restructuring.

We help domestic and foreign companies complete major deal transactions with either public or other non-publicly traded entities. We have the confidence, strength, reputation and efficiencies to close transactions in a timely and favorable manner. We have earned our reputation as a leading merger, acquisition and major transaction firm since 1946 and have significantly grown and expanded this practice. We find unique solutions to mergers and acquisitions and other major deal transactions.

Disputes Between Owners/Shareholders.

We head off disputes by implementing sound management agreements and, in the family business setting, well thought out and executed succession plans. We are especially experienced in handling complicated and emotionally charged ownership disputes. Without attempts to “calm the waters,” a business can be severely or irreversibly impacted by owner conflicts and discourse. We develop a strategic plan and, when appropriate, our business litigation lawyers will seek a full and final resolution.

Compliance Concerns and Issues.

Tax Compliance. We counsel in tax planning and transaction matters such as IRS compliance advice, tax audit preparation and defense. Three of our principals have advanced degrees in taxation from New York University Law School and resolve complex tax planning matters for our clients.

E-Commerce Compliance. We explain how e-commerce laws affect our clients’ operations and help find solutions to complex e-commerce law issues, such as linkage and licensing agreement law, internet privacy laws, internet fraud litigation defense, website development legal issues and e-commerce financing law.