Corporate and Business Transactions

Our firm provides support to business ventures of every size, covering a wide range of industries from maritime and shipping to real estate development and construction.  We offer legal counsel and advice beginning at the earliest stages of business development and continuing as the business grows and expands to reach its market potential.  Our objective is to understand the risks associated with each business decision and provide thoughtful, practical, and creative solutions in order to facilitate a company’s long-term goals.  Our services include:

  • Business structure and formation—selection of the appropriate business entity and corporate structure, and preparation of formation documents, including articles of incorporation, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and by-laws
  • Representation of boards and related advice relating to board composition and director duties
  • Partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Commercial transactions, including sales and acquisitions and related documentation such as purchase and sale agreements and non-disclosure agreements
  • Transactional instruments—review, analysis, advice, and preparation of purchase orders, invoice terms and conditions, shipping documents, bills of sale and lading, sale and rental agreements, and other standard commercial contracts
  • Employment Practice and Trade Secrets, including non-compete agreements
  • Commercial real estate leasing and related issues
  • Environmental — compliance and regulatory process advice, spill reporting, assessment of site contamination, site monitoring, and remediation on land and in the marine environment, implicating OPA 90, CERCLA, and MTCA
  • Insurance Coverage (both Marine and Commercial) — risk assessment, coverage review and analysis relating to Marine General Liability, Protection and Indemnity, Hull and Machinery, Cargo, Pollution, and Inland Marine placements and policies, and across multiple lines of business including Commercial General Liability, Directors & Officers, Errors and Omissions, Employer’s Liability, First Party Property, and Casualty