Business Entities & Transactions

Situate Your Business for Maximized Success & Value

SSE&C represents corporations and business entities of all sizes in a diverse array of industries. In addition to unparalleled legal advice, our attorneys provide creative strategies and practical solutions which align with their business goals and objectives. We place a particular emphasis on business acquisition and divestiture, closely-held businesses, financial services, lending, and the protection of intellectual property rights. We also routinely assist clients in commercial transactions of all types and levels of complexity, proper business operational procedures, and day-to-day governance issues. An example of some of the industries we serve are:

Alternative Energy Resources – Retail – Real Estate Development – Manufacturing –
Mortgage Lending – Wealth Management Services – Closely Held Businesses

Our attorneys understand the need for effective and efficient results. Therefore, we are proactive with the advice and guidance we provide to our clients while providing prompt, effective and attentive service for all of your organization’s needs.

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Entity Planning

Through our extensive knowledge and experience working with the owners of closely-held businesses, as well as our exposure to numerous complex transactions, we are able to prepare effective terms of operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and buy-sell arrangements for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and joint ventures. Our attorneys structure innovative solutions that are available for small and medium sized corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, taking advantage of the flexibility offered by those entities.

Financing

In order to address the capital needs of our clients enjoying expansion, we provide assistance in the negotiating and obtaining of bank financing. Additionally, we aid our clients in working with venture capital firms and angel investors, as well as establishing joint ventures and making private placement offerings. We assist our clients in key aspects of financial transactions, such as retaining control over company management, limiting liability with respect to personal guarantees, requiring disclosure of critical information, and maintaining confidential information.

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Succession Planning

Our attorneys have extensive experience in crafting, developing and implementing buy-sell arrangements, life insurance arrangements that minimize liquidity problems during estate administration, family limited partnerships (and unwinding family limited partnerships), non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, and private annuities and sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts. SSE&C’s attorneys counsel our clients in connection with the transfer of their businesses from one generation to the next, in order to maximize tax benefits that may be available to the clients and to minimize any tax obligations associated with the transition.

Exit Strategies

SSE&C attorneys have participated in numerous transactions involving sales of closely-held businesses to key employees, other closely-held companies and Fortune 500 companies. We provide highly personalized and responsive attention to the needs of our clients in negotiating the terms of business sales to achieve the best possible results. Our attorneys structure the sale of a business in a tax-advantaged manner, including participating in Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and maximizing potential estate planning opportunities.

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Employment Related Matters

In conjunction with SSE&C attorneys in the employment practice areas, our business practice attorneys design and implement executive compensation policies and incentive compensation arrangements, as well as negotiate and draft employment agreements to protect our clients. Because the attorneys of our various practice areas work together, we are able to spot potential employment issues that must be addressed in a proactive manner to best protect our commercial clients from various pit-falls and traps that exist in the employment law context. We develop employment rules, policies, procedures and employee handbooks that safeguard the interests of our clients.

Transfer of Ownership Interests

SSE&C represents clients in structuring, negotiating and executing transactions ranging from the acquisition of “mom and pop” coffee shops to acquiring multi-million dollar manufacturing facilities. Our attorneys have experience working with equity acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, asset sales, Section 338(h)(10) acquisitions, strategic alliances, divestitures and business combinations. SSE&C attorneys provide counseling to our clients ranging from managing due diligence to drafting and negotiating the detailed transaction documents. Critical to the economic benefits afforded to our clients is the coordination among the business and tax practice areas, thereby structuring transactions in a tax-efficient manner.

Utilizing their abilities and extensive experience in regards to the organization, purchase, sale and merger of businesses, the attorneys at SSE&C safeguard the interests of our clients by:

  • Developing shareholders’, operating or partnership agreements that address critical issues, such as the death, disability or departure of owners, and fashioning the mechanics to address transfers of ownership interests
  • Crafting alternative models for resolution of conflicts among shareholders and members of limited liability companies
  • Selecting the most appropriate method to determine the value of the business in connection with transfer of ownership interests, and the manner, including leveraged buyouts, in which to fund and ensure that the transferring owner achieves the maximum economic benefit, without adversely impacting the company and remaining owners

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