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Closely-Held & Family Business

Legal Solutions for Closely Held and Family Business Owners

Whether you have just started your business or have been around for years, good companies are founded upon a great product or service. And while you would probably like to focus solely on selling that product or service, chances are you may be preoccupied with a number of ancillary but important matters, such as shareholder disputes, financing, and of course, taxes, to name a few. The Rothman Gordon Closely-Held and Family Business Practice Group can help business-owners, regardless of their company’s size, navigate these tasks, preferably before they become major headaches. Whether it’s creating a succession plan, developing an employee handbook, structuring a deal to finance your growth, or buying, selling, or leasing property, we welcome the opportunity to help you strategize and position your business to maximize its success.

Our experience includes:

  • Assisting a local $100 million, privately-owned company in transferring ownership through two generations of the family at significantly reduced wealth-transfer tax costs
  • Settling disputes regarding employment termination, avoiding publicity and expensive litigation
  • Assisting a restaurateur in the acquisition of two facilities, negotiation of financing, and purchase of existing liquor licenses
  • Over a long-term period, counseling a consumer business client on multiple acquisitions of smaller business concerns and eventually negotiating the sale of the client’s business to a larger consortium
  • Assisting corporations in restructuring their operations, admitting new shareholders, and restructuring their debt for future growth
  • Performing due diligence and negotiating terms of the sale for a technology company that was being acquired
  • Advising a family-owned car dealership on the expansion of their business and the buying of other dealerships, including the purchase or lease of property and structuring the acquisition of the businesses
  • Allowing a mid-sized manufacturing company to rebound by steering them toward mediation, having two lawsuits dismissed, and renegotiating their debt to the bank
  • Forming Delaware limited liability companies and negotiating complex operating agreements
  • Successfully defending an injunction involving the sale of a steel mill for a foreign-owned, closely-held equipment broker to an Asian firm
  • Negotiating and assisting in the sale of a local trade school to a national education company
  • Negotiating and drafting intellectual property agreements for protection of the rights of IT firms
  • Negotiating the sale of a client’s interest in a Canadian joint venture to a European company
  • Forming bankruptcy remote limited liability companies for use in real estate transactions
  • Merging affiliated companies as part of corporate restructuring efforts
  • Negotiating and closing the sale of a wholly-owned subsidiary to a management group
  • Litigating claims for breach of representation made by a seller in an Asset Purchase Agreement
  • Counseling management groups in the acquisition of controlling interests of stock
  • Acquiring the assets of competitors and advising on the integration of the acquired company on behalf of various types of businesses, including professional services companies
  • Advising minority shareholders of their rights and devising strategies to help maximize their value
  • Preparing non-competition and confidentiality agreements to protect our clients’ businesses and intellectual property
  • Negotiating the sale and/or merger of privately-owned companies to/with publicly-traded companies