Business Transactions

Our Attorneys

Tom Schumacher
Tom McCormack
Jason Brasch

Businesses are confronted with challenges and opportunities throughout their life cycle. Our business attorneys have the skills and experience to assist your business, whether you seek ongoing general counsel or simply need assistance with a particular issue. We are involved in all aspects of business law, including corporate and business services, business formation, contract negotiation and preparation, mergers and acquisitions, employee handbooks and benefits, emerging companies, private company securities law and corporate finance, and taxation. We represent a variety of businesses, ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large multi-state businesses.

Business Formation

Our lawyers help entrepreneurs form the appropriate business entity for each particular business. When choosing among the various entities (such as corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships), we help our clients consider the benefits and drawbacks of each entity choice. We also help with many activities associated with business formations, including succession planning, negotiation and preparation of buy-sell agreements, partnership agreements, and stock transfer agreements.

Contracts

Our attorneys have negotiated and prepared a diverse range of contracts, such as commercial loan documentation (both real estate- and asset-based), workout agreements, franchise agreements and Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars (UFOC), dealership agreements, distribution agreements, services agreements, employment agreements, and noncompetition agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our lawyers routinely represent a diverse range of private companies in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. We have a wide breadth of experience and expertise representing both buyers and sellers. Our M&A transactions include mergers, divestitures, stock sales, asset sales and joint ventures.

Besides negotiating and documenting the deal, as part of the comprehensive advice we provide in M&A transactions, we help our clients negotiate both the letter of engagement with the broker and the letter of intent with the other party. We also provide advice in related legal topics generally relevant to the transaction at hand, such as tax, securities law, labor and employment issues, and concerns of local law.

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Commercial Real Estate

Our business attorneys devote significant time to commercial real estate-related matters including the following:

  • Purchases and sales
  • Development and construction
  • Financing and investment, including construction and permanent mortgage loans, participated loan transactions, sale-leaseback transactions, and the formation of joint ventures, partnerships of all types and limited liability companies
  • Leasing and property management
  • Loan workouts, restructurings, foreclosures and bankruptcies
  • Environmental matters

Corporate Finance and Securities

We handle all types of equity and debt financing transactions an established business or an emerging company might encounter. Our securities transactional experience includes private placements of both equity and debt securities. We represent issuers and investors and provide time-sensitive advice and guidance in complying with federal and state securities laws and other requirements, including regulation D and blue-sky law compliance. In short, we counsel privately-held companies in a manner tailored to meet the client’s level of need, internal expertise, and available resources.

We strive to understand your individual business needs, tailor your services to fit those needs, and achieve the desired outcome. Our goal is to provide innovative and outstanding legal services and to devise creative solutions to help you achieve your objectives. We focus on understanding our clients’ business plans, providing responsive and result-oriented representation and counseling our clients to avoid or reduce risk and liabilities.

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