We assist many closely-held businesses, large and small, in avoiding litigation by providing a broad array of day-to-day legal counseling. We have represented clients in numerous transactions, such as general and secured lending transactions, shareholder and partnership agreements, the purchase and sale of businesses and major business assets, commercial leasing, and business contracts. We represent buyers and sellers, majority and minority stockholders, partnerships and partners, employers and executive employees.
We have represented service firms and closely-held companies in contentious professional and business divorces, as well as major restructurings and reorganizations. For example, we represented a large professional services company that was on the brink of bankruptcy, and, through a long series of negotiations with the company’s major creditors (including institutional lenders, landlords, and current and former owners, as well as trade and other general creditors), we enabled the company to again become a successful business. As another example, in representing the majority shareholder of a company in a derivative action brought by a shareholder, we fashioned a settlement that satisfied the minority shareholder and left the corporation intact.
Understanding our clients’ businesses, thinking strategically, applying common sense and applying a business person’s perspective are essential to our assisting clients in solving complex legal problems with long-range implications. We never lose sight of the fact that litigation may not be constructive and pride ourselves on preventive business counseling and constructive problem solving. For those disputes that can be resolved only by litigation, our commercial litigators and trial lawyers work closely with our clients to achieve their objectives.
For foreign clients that do not have general counsel, we perform many of the functions of in-house counsel. We also work closely with clients’ general counsel and principals in other countries to bridge the transnational gap many foreign clients find difficult to understand.