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CORPORATE

Whether your company is public or private, large or small, foreign or domestic, we pride ourselves on playing an active role in protecting and expanding your business. With many years of experience in corporate law, including finance, capital markets, securities, and related litigation, we draw on our institutional knowledge, resources, and the relationships we’ve built during decades of operating in Florida and across the nation to counsel companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and lenders. We prepare transactions with careful diligence and close them with managed risk.

We’ve been recognized nationally by U.S. News as one of the Best Law Firms for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking and Finance Law. A number of our attorneys have earned recognition from Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America®, Florida Trend, South Florida Legal Guide and Super Lawyers for their corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance law experience.

Our corporate lawyers also serve on boards and committees that help establish solid industry relationships and leadership, including the Florida International Bankers Association, Florida Bank’s Banking Law & Credit Regulation Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel, Association for Corporate Growth, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and Corporate Governance Committee, the Commercial Finance Association, American Bar Association, and the Florida Venture Forum, among others.

We enjoy working with buyers, sellers, investors and others to expand operations and open new markets in Florida and around the world. We are committed to helping our clients build a solid infrastructure, transact deals that help them grow and ensure they’re doing it in a way that meets regulations and makes sense.

Our Clients

We represent local, national and international businesses across a wide array of industries, including financial services, hospitality, restaurants, real estate, education, aviation, cruise and leisure, technology, telecommunications, media and broadcasting, publishing, health services, manufacturing, agriculture, home improvement and others.

 

These clients include:

  • U.S. and international issuers and investors

  • Underwriters, insurers and placement agents

  • Buyers, sellers, brokers, and dealers

  • Investment and commercial banks

  • Credit unions

  • Venture capital and private equity funds

  • Public and private companies

  • General and limited partnerships

  • Trust companies

  • Non-profits

  • Industry trade groups

Experience

Corporate Attorneys in our multidisciplinary group assist new and established businesses with corporate structure issues and work with others on structuring transactions and vehicles as well as negotiating contracts, financing, and secured loans.

 

Some of the services we offer our corporate clients include:

  • Corporate structure: form domestic and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, and all types of joint ventures, and evaluate important facts such as corporate strategy and liability.

  • Corporate agreements: negotiate and prepare domestic and international sales and distribution agreements, government bids, proposals and procurement, asset and stock purchase agreements, mergers, and other combinations and reorganizations.

  • Corporate governance: design and implement the principles and practices that govern a company, including shareholder relations, benefit plans, compensation matters, and more.

  • Internal agreements: draft shareholder, management, employment, consulting, stock option, benefit plan and other internal agreements.

  • Compliance: ensure companies comply with securities regulations, including registration, disclosure and insider trading regulations, SEC reporting, and other requirements.

  • Taxation: offer domestic and international tax advice on formations, transactions, corporate succession and other planning.

  • Finance: draft, review, and negotiate all forms of loans, corporate, and business financing transactions.

 

Corporate Governance

 

We counsel our clients on the rules, practices and processes that direct and control a corporation and a corporation’s relationship with its directors, managers, shareholders, employees, creditors, auditors, regulators and others. Our attorneys counsel clients on corporate governance, executive compensation, and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. They design and implement comprehensive compliance programs and enhance controls to address future risk. They also represent companies in complex internal and high-profile federal and state investigations as well as Office of Foreign Assets Control violations.
 

Some of the corporate governance services we offer our clients include:

  • Shareholder relations, such as shareholder meetings and communications;

  • Benefit plans, such as stock option plans, employee stock ownership and other benefit plans; and

  • Compensation matters, including compensation agreements, severance agreements, and arrangements with executive officers.