Legal Services

Business Counseling

Archer’s Business Counseling attorneys are trusted, experienced business advisors, skilled in providing practical and efficient solutions to the myriad challenges that today’s businesses face every day. Our client service goal is simple: we partner with our business clients every day to provide the timely, responsive and creative legal advice necessary to successfully turn their ideas and goals into reality.

Our Business Counselors advise both public and privately held businesses on a range of issues, from daily operations-related challenges, such as contract preparation and review, to extraordinary events, such as mergers and acquisitions. By working closely with our clients and truly listening to them, we gain an in-depth understanding of the management, financial and competitive challenges they face, and are able to identify legal opportunities to effectively address those challenges and mitigate potential risk.

Our business client base is diverse, both in terms of size and industry sectors. Small and middle-market businesses, closely-held and family-owned companies, fledgling tech startups and Fortune 500 companies all look to Archer’s business attorneys for the legal assistance they need to improve their bottom lines and to get business transactions successfully completed. At Archer, we strive to know not only the law, but also our clients’ unique industries—whether they are an emerging tech company with a disruptive technology, a food services entrepreneur, an international vehicle fleet management company, a healthcare company, a national transportation logistics provider, a private equity firm, or a large financial institution.

Our attorneys work closely with each client’s general counsel, or serve as outside general counsel for businesses that do not have counsel in-house (often becoming trusted day-to-day advisors to the senior management team). The Business Counseling group also works closely with attorneys in other Archer practice groups, such as tax, environmental, labor and employment, employee benefits, immigration, intellectual property, bankruptcy, real estate, and litigation. This collaboration ensures that our clients receive complete, coordinated and comprehensive counsel in every area of the law that impacts their businesses.

With more than 85 years of experience, we deeply understand the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s continually evolving business environment. Our experienced Business Counselors work with clients daily to not only identify problems, but also to craft realistic solutions, in the following strategic areas:

  • Choice-of-entity and business formation, including corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, and limited partnerships
  • Corporate governance, including the preparation of shareholder agreements, LLC operating agreements and partnership agreements, as well as the representation of boards of directors, independent board committees and principal equity owners
  • Capital raising and strategic investments on behalf of both issuers and investors (whether family, friends, angel, private-equity, strategic or venture capital in nature), including debt, seed and later-stage financings and exits
  • Private placements of equity and debt securities
  • Public and private financings (on behalf of both borrowers and lenders), including asset-based lending, securitization transactions and syndicated credit facilities
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Mergers and acquisitions, including asset and stock sales and purchases
  • Joint ventures and other strategic alliances
  • Not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization formation, structuring, governance and compliance
  • Initial public offerings
  • Corporate restructuring
  • ESOPS
  • Business disputes and business divorces
  • Protection of trade secrets and other confidential business information, including intellectual property
  • Tax, estate and business succession planning
  • Manufacturing, distribution and franchising agreements
  • Restrictive covenant agreements, including non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition
  • Employment and consulting agreements
  • Executive compensation and employee benefits
  • Commercial contract drafting and negotiation, including manufacturing, supply, distribution and development agreements
  • Commercialization, including licensing, of patents, technology, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property assets
  • State and federal government contracting and procurement

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