Our firm advises and represents companies and entrepreneurs with a broad range of business-related services. We advise our clients on business law, start-up assistance relating to the formation of an entity, the protection of a trademark or license agreement and assist with buying or selling a business.
Business Startup Services in Palm Harbor
Starting a business requires thorough planning. Our firm assists business owners in the formation of legally sound business entities and help entrepreneurs devise business strategies that help them achieve their goals. We advise on the business startup and formation process including issues related to selection of entity type and jurisdiction.
- C-corporation formation
- S-corporation formation
- Limited liability company (LLC) formation
- Partnership formation (including LLP)
- Stock purchases
- Asset purchases
- Joint ventures
We also consult with business owners and draft shareholder agreements or partnership agreements as part of the entity formation process.
Buying A Business
When buying a business, having experienced legal counsel is critical. Here are some of the key ways our business attorney can help with the business acquisition process:
- Advise on transaction structure – They can assess the pros and cons of different deal structures like asset vs. stock purchase.
- Conduct due diligence – Assist with reviewing financials, contracts, licenses, liabilities, and other key areas.
- Negotiate terms – Help negotiate purchase price, contingencies, representations and warranties, closing conditions, etc.
- Draft purchase agreement – Create a comprehensive agreement that protects the buyer’s interests.
- Review Deal Documents – Analyze purchase agreements, disclosure schedules, financing agreements, employment agreements, and other deal documents.
- Handle regulatory issues – Guide clients through any required government filings and clearances.
- Address transaction risks – Develop strategies to mitigate risks uncovered during due diligence.
- Close the deal – Oversee the closing process including funds transfers, asset transfers, and ensuring transaction compliance.
Selling A Business
When selling a company, legal expertise can make the process smoother. Our business attorney services for selling a business include:
- Advise on deal structure – Recommend the optimal way to structure the sale such as asset sale vs. stock sale.
- Prepare due diligence materials – Gather and organize financials, contracts, intellectual property, and other documents buyers will request.
- Address buyer concerns – Develop strategies to resolve issues raised during buyer due diligence.
- Negotiate terms – Help negotiate optimal pricing, representations and warranties, closings conditions, etc.
- Draft the sales agreement – Create a favorable sales contract protecting the seller’s interests.
- Guide regulatory approvals – Manage any required government consents and clearances.
- Oversee closing process – Review transaction documents, coordinate closings, manage funds transfers, and more.
- Assist with transition – Provide guidance on conveying assets, fulfilling post-closing obligations, and transitioning the business.
With an experienced business attorney, sellers can maximize their valuation and ensure the sale goes smoothly.
Preparation and Review of Business Contracts
Our firm consults with business owners to draft, review, and negotiate contracts related to various business activities, including:
- Buy-sell agreements
- Lease agreements
- Service contracts
- Releases and waivers
- Property agreements
- Shareholder agreements
- Operating agreements
If you need a business law consultation, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Herzog today.