Business

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Business Startup

Conducting business in the global economy is exciting, but often confusing and fraught with unforeseen problems. We have significant experience in navigating through these complex areas to reach the best solutions for our clients. We regularly represent domestic and foreign, profit and not-for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, proprietorships, and other legal entities in all industries. We advise and counsel our clients regarding the following matters.

One of the most important aspects of a business is its legal structure.  Each company is different and requires a unique structure to fit it’s needs. In advising our clients, we take into account tax ramifications, succession planning, financial planning, and our clients’ short-term and long-term strategies.  We take the time to learn each and every one of our client’s businesses to align our goals. We prepare, negotiate, and counsel regarding the following:

  • Articles of Organization and Incorporation
  • Boardroom Counseling
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Bylaws
  • Certificates of Partnership
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissolutions
  • Operating Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Software and Technology Agreements
  • Tax Planning
  • Voting Trusts

Employees

If you are in business, you have employees, even if it is only you.  Employees are wonderful, but you must follow a myriad of laws if you want to keep them happy and stay ahead.  We have extensive experience in both union and non-union matters and any labor and employment matters and issues you may face.  We prepare, negotiate, and counsel regarding the following:

  • Discrimination
  • Employment Agreements
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Minimum Wage and Overtime Compliance
  • Non-Compete, Confidentiality, and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Prevailing Wage Compliance
  • Severance Agreements
  • Social Media Policies and Procedures
  • Stock Options, Incentive, Deferred Compensation, and Retirement Agreements and Plans
  • Employee Strike Resolutions
  • Employment Policies and Procedures

Intellectual Property

If you have an idea, we can protect it from unauthorized use and disclosure. We provide a complete range of intellectual property services including:

  • Copyrights
  • Intellectual Property Assignments and Transfers
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement and Resolution
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Patents
  • Service Marks
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets

Customers

Customers are the life blood of your business.  They must be treated properly and they must pay for your product or service.  We can assist in all aspects of customer relations, including, contracts, Uniform Commercial Code investigation, documentation, and filings, and collections.

Competitors

Competitors can be good for business, but they can also attempt to run you out of business.  We have extensive experience in implementing and enforcing non-competition agreements and protecting your ideas, business, and employees from competitors.

Vendors

What business could operate without vendors?  The successful ones have great relationships with their suppliers.  We help in defining the risks associated with vendors and how to prevent problems in your supply chain through contract terms or insurance clauses.  We regularly prepare and negotiate vendor contracts to help maximize value and relationships.

Real Estate

We represent domestic and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, individuals, REITs, financial institutions & lenders, developers, contractors, subcontractors, landlords, tenants, property managers, estates, trusts, and other real estate professionals in a wide variety of commercial (office, retail, apartment, industrial, and hotel) and residential real estate matters throughout the United States. We also serve as local counsel for real estate transactions in Illinois.

We understand the importance of working with a trustworthy team, especially in the real estate arena.  We work with a network of real estate professionals throughout the United States, including brokers, lenders, investors,  title companies, property managers, and accountants to provide our clients with the most effective representation.

Government

We have long-term and deep relationships with City, County, State and Federal governmental agencies. We represent our clients before boards, commissions, and agencies at all levels of government. We prepare, negotiate, and counsel regarding the following:

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Illinois Department of Labor Audits and Proceedings
  • Government Compliance
  • National Labor Relations Board Audits and Proceedings
  • OSHA and Workplace Safety
  • Unfair Labor Practices

Taxation

We have extensive knowledge of tax law and can offer invaluable guidance in corporate, partnership, limited liability, and individual tax planning. We work hand in hand with accountants, bankers, and investors in developing uniquely tailored solutions, both to enhance planning opportunities and to solve tax problems for our clients’ businesses. We counsel our clients regarding the following:

  • Audits
  • Asset Protection
  • Coordination with Accountants
  • Sub S Elections
  • Tax Exemptions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Reorganizations

We counsel privately-held companies and equity firms who are selling, acquiring, reorganizing or merging businesses.  We specialize in all areas needed to help navigate through these complex transactions, including labor and employment, real estate, intellectual property, taxation, and finance. We prepare, negotiate, and counsel regarding the following:

  • Asset and Stock Sales
  • Buyouts
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Due Diligence
  • Financing
  • Mergers
  • Tax Planning & Implications
  • Workouts

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