Types Of Corporate Law
As an entrepreneur, you know owning a business is a challenge. From making sure your clients are satisfied with your products or services to paying your staff, balancing the books, and working to ensure your company generates profits, a business owner has many hats to wear. Unfortunately, some of these hats require more expertise than their owners may have. That’s where an attorney comes in to offer legal guidance about the different types of corporate law.
The field of corporate law, as you might guess, addresses problems that corporations, and by extension, business owners, face on a regular basis. Verifying business transactions, drafting legal documents, ensuring regulatory compliance, and addressing corporate legal issues are all examples of the kinds of things that fall under the umbrella of “corporate law.” The whole concept of corporate law is to create a framework for smooth business operations.
Corporate law regulates the conduct, relations, and rights of companies. Consequently, these structured laws encompass a company’s life span and audit business creation, shareholding, ownership, funding, and dissolution. These frameworks influence what corporations do and the techniques they use to remain compliant. All parties involved in a corporation’s operations, such as business reorganization and corporate governance, are subject to corporate laws.
At Fridman Law Firm, our corporate attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that your business is up to code and abides by federal and state regulations. You can expect our business law firm to behave transparently, fairly, and efficiently when dealing with your corporate law matters. You can count on our business attorneys to treat you with the same diligence and respect as we would any corporation, no matter how big or small. Contact us today at 212-262-9823 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.
Let’s dive in and find out the types of corporate law our attorneys handle.
Contract law is among the most integral legal concepts in the business sector. It focuses on creating, interpreting, and enforcing legally binding agreements. Most individuals who run business operations use legally binding agreements known as contracts. Both consumers and companies use contracts when they sell or purchase goods, for employment agreements, when they license intellectual property, for non-disclosure agreements, for insurance agreements, and so on. Contracts make business transactions happen seamlessly and with minimal mishaps. They allow business affiliates to carry out their operations confidently.
Retaining the services of an experienced corporate attorney from Fridman Law Firm can work in your favor, as they can assist you through the intricacies of drafting sound legal contracts. Our corporate attorneys can help you with the following contract issues:
- Reviewing contracts
- Drafting contracts
- Negotiating contracts
- Counseling clients on legal redress
- Handling contract disputes and resolutions
Contract law is a complex area of the law. Skilled corporate attorneys can provide legal counsel to safeguard your interests when it comes to the contract’s fine print.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a facet of corporate law that involves transactions whereby one company transfers ownership or combines with another to form a new entity. These transactions can be complex and entail an expansive range of legal aspects, including tax, securities, and antitrust laws. M&A entails much more than simply purchasing companies; it also involves minority investment, partnerships, and joint ventures.
There are numerous reasons why businesses may opt to acquire or merge with other businesses. Common reasons for M&A include:
- Venturing into new markets or increasing market share
- Diversifying their portfolio
- Minimizing costs by removing redundancies and increasing efficiency
- Gaining intellectual property or technology
M&A transactions can provide a range of potential advantages to the companies involved. The process is one of the most critical events in the life of a company. This is why you need our corporate attorneys at Fridman Law Firm to help you understand the precise details of the merger or acquisition.
Adding staff, properties, assets, and possibly new processes to your firm is demanding in terms of liability, legislation, and contracts; it’s definitely not something you want a novice to handle. Our skilled corporate law attorneys are well-versed in the legal aspects of contract law. At Fridman Law Firm, our legal team will:
- Identify legal concerns and pitfalls in M&A contracts
- Develop a road map from beginning to end and include timelines
- Assist with M&A negotiations
- Conduct due diligence
- Find out the tax ramifications and whether the deal needs restructuring
- Evaluate regulatory hindrances, get regulatory approval, and examine any other requisite regulatory approvals
- Get third-party consent from contractual partners and lenders
Corporate governance refers to guidelines, policies, and systems that govern how a company is controlled, managed, and directed. It gives clarity over authority, decision-making, accountability, and power. Corporate governance aims at keeping markets, corporations, and financial institutions reputable and honest as they carry out their business operations in an ethical manner.
Given that corporate governance creates a framework for realizing the objectives of a company, it covers practically every aspect of management, including:
- Decision-making and problem resolution
- Communication, contribution, and involvement between employees, management, and shareholders
- How responsibilities and rights are shared between the company’s shareholders, management, and staff
- Procedures and policies for decision-making
- Policies that eliminate or reduce abuse or fraud of office
- Business decisions are to be made with everybody’s interests in mind
An experienced corporate governance attorney can help companies develop and maintain proactive and effective corporate governance practices. You’ll want an attorney who’s aware of corporate laws and regulations in addition to having basic business and legal knowledge.
Here is how our experienced Fridman Law Firm corporate attorneys can assist:
- Help companies remain compliant with business laws, regulations, and policies, including fiduciary duties
- Offer guidance on corporate governance issues
- Address shareholder proposals
- Handle risk management
- Counsel on corporate governance best practices
Venture capital (VC) law stipulates the rules and restrictions regarding venture capital investments. This is a cash infusion offered to startups that have the potential for growth and that investors believe will be successful. With the right legal guidance, up-and-coming enterprises can effectively leverage VC funding to accelerate their growth, refine their operations, and make significant strides towards achieving their business objectives, whether that be a super-size valuation, exit, or IPO.
Venture capital law consists of various M&A and monetary transactions, including private and public mergers. It also encompasses strategic partner transactions such as acquisitions and various non-VC transactions that involve private and public debt securities and the sale of equity. It’s also important to note that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act limits banks and their role in VC financing. Banks cannot use customer deposits to make private equity investments.
Venture capital attorneys provide expansive guidance to emerging companies on all the legal aspects that may affect their ability to start and operate their businesses. Venture law is complex, so if you have a startup and want to scale up your business using venture capital, you’ll want to consult an experienced VC attorney at Fridman Law Firm. A venture capital lawyer can:
- Draft and negotiate venture capital agreements
- Help investors and startups comply with investment regulations
- Structure businesses for growth
- Help draft and fill out fund formation documentation
- Offer market insights and assist in building relationships with strategic partners
- Steer complex VC transactions to completion
Corporate Securities Law
Corporate securities law is a body of law that stipulates the judicial decisions, regulations, and statutes covering the registration and sale of trading securities like bonds and stocks. In the U.S., all public companies must adhere to federal securities laws. These laws are mandatory and uniform, allowing investors to have a fair valuation, which safeguards them from insider trading and fraud.
Any corporation offering securities must adhere to stringent rules and is mandated to file reports and documentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any infraction of these regulations can lead to strict punitive measures. To issue securities, the SEC mandates that all companies register with them first and periodically make public particular financial information.
Here’s how our corporate securities legal team can help:
- Stay up-to-date with ever-changing securities laws and advise on fulfilling the regulatory requirements that apply to private placements
- Provide strategic counsel when raising capital through private placements in compliance with Rule 506(b)
- Bolster positive relationships between startups and investors
- Draft, negotiate, and review all necessary documentation to facilitate these transactions
- Negotiate terms with investors, including ownership of securities, investor rights, and other contractual obligations
- Advice on crowdfunding platform selection while ensuring compliance with Blue Sky and federal laws
Contact Our New York Corporate Lawyers Today for Legal Help
Corporate law is a section of the law that oversees business formation, operation, and management. You should note that no two corporate deals or transactions are identical. How your corporation will be treated depends on a range of factors, such as the sort of industry, the size of the corporation, and whether it is a single or multimarket enterprise. Clients in this domain typically range from investment banks, multinational corporations, and private companies to medium- and small-scale businesses.
Corporate law is a complex field, even for successful entrepreneurs. For most startups and early-stage businesses, the primary goal is to get their products or services into the market and break even. This leaves room for legal pitfalls, as most businesses focus on their core functions, including innovation, production, customer acquisition, and retention. This is why up-and-coming enterprises need an experienced NYC corporate lawyer like Neil Fridman, who can offer invaluable insights and sound legal counsel.
Fridman Law Firm’s seasoned attorneys work with clients in a wide variety of industries, including the tech sector, to explain the nuances of corporate law and how they apply to their specific situations. Call us at 212-262-9823 or email us to arrange an initial consultation with one of our corporate lawyers to discuss any issue relating to corporate law.