As our clients navigate the start-up phase of their business life cycle, Stein Sperling assists them in structuring the strongest foundation from the earliest stages. Such help includes selecting an appropriate entity type, developing employment policies and drafting operating and ownership agreements to help reduce risks and to minimize the possibility of future disputes. We listen carefully to our clients’ objectives and then analyze the nature of their business ventures, taking into consideration management and ownership structures, financial issues and the degree of risk involved, as well as tax and other ramifications.
Based on client consultation and subsequent analysis, we provide recommendations on appropriate business and ownership structures, and then execute beneficial formation strategies. Our attorneys draft contracts and agreements tailored to each business’s particular structure and objectives. These agreements reduce liability, mitigate risk and provide a clear mechanism for dispute resolution and transfers of ownership interests. Our attorneys also provide guidelines for management of the business in the future. In addition, we advise clients on employment policies and practices, owner and executive compensation structures (equity and non-equity) and capital raises.
After helping clients establish their businesses, we aid owners and boards of directors in maintaining healthy operations, fostering growth while complying with organizational documents and protecting owner and shareholder investments. Our attorneys regularly manage complex business matters related to: governance; transitions and transactions; strategic planning; extending product lines; raising financing; spinning off business units; offering new services or products; compliance with federal, state and local laws; as well as dissolutions and dispositions through sale or merger.