Practice Areas

Commercial Finance Transactions

Our lawyers represent banks and other private and institutional lenders in connection with commercial credit and debt restructuring transactions.

We have extensive experience in real estate secured and asset based lending, auto dealer financing, commercial construction lending for apartment projects, shopping centers, mixed-use facilities and residential subdivisions, SBA and other government-backed lending programs, unsecured credit facilities, as well as syndicated, participated and mezzanine financing.

We provide services to lenders with nonperforming loans and other troubled assets. These services include strategic counseling and planning for loan and collateral modifications along with post-recovery representation, including asset ownership, management and disposition issues.

Business, Real Property and Corporate Law

We counsel business clients on corporate and partnership organization, banking, securities and antitrust laws, contracts, executive employment agreements, employee benefits, commercial transactions, and taxation. Our lawyers draw upon varied experiences ranging from relatively simple transactions, such as incorporation or organization of partnerships and limited liability companies, to highly involved and sophisticated transactions.

We represent builders, developers, landowners, and lenders in commercial real estate matters, including bulk and individual acquisitions and sales and financing (debt and equity) transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our lawyers are experienced in the acquisition and disposition of companies and their divisions. We have represented companies in transactions ranging from relatively small asset purchases to mergers and spin-offs of publicly held corporations. Our experience includes taxable and nontaxable transactions involving companies in diverse industries. The scope of our representation varies broadly, ranging from acquisition planning, extensive negotiations, due diligence, securities filings, acquisition financing, and obtaining approvals from the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Taxation

We provide counseling and planning services to businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates to anticipate and minimize tax consequences of proposed transactions in a manner consistent with the client’s objectives. We represent taxpayers under audit and in administrative proceedings and litigation involving tax assessments and deficiencies. We have extensive experience in creating not-for-profit organizations and obtaining tax exemptions for such organizations. We represent exempt organizations on administrative and tax planning issues.

Estate Planning and Probate

We provide estate and tax planning services to our clients, with a focus on reduction of federal estate and gift taxes in a manner consistent with our clients’ objectives. We represent personal representatives and trustees in the administration of estates, trusts, and charitable foundations.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Our lawyers design, draft and implement both qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans, including pension and profit sharing plans and employee stock ownership plans. We design, structure and negotiate executive compensation programs, including restricted stock and stock option plans and other forms of equity programs, bonus arrangements and performance programs. Our lawyers also advise fiduciaries as to their responsibilities under plan documents and applicable law.