Business Law

Starting and managing a business involves multi-faceted legal considerations at every stage of its existence. The attorneys at McCormick & Friman, LLC have extensive experience helping entrepreneurs, established businesses and charitable entities navigate through business formation, expansion, routine operations, dissolution and succession matters.  The firm’s attorneys have developed a broad vision of the numerous issues that confront business entities and have honed an aptitude for devising novel, creative and constructive solutions for all types of business endeavors. Much like “in house” counsel, the firm’s attorneys work closely with clients to develop strategies that advance business goals, helping to maximize value, manage risk and limit cost. As business lawyers, the firm’s attorneys strive to be long-term trusted advisors who are available to clients at every step along the way.  The firm’s attorneys and support staff deliver winning strategies in the following areas of business and corporate law:

General Business & Commercial Law
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Contract Drafting and Negotiation
• Corporate Governance
• Regulatory Compliance
• Entity Minute Books, Annual Reports and Registered Agent Services
• Asset Protection
• Dispute Resolution and Choice of Law Issues
• State and Federal Tax Implications

Capital & Organizational Structure
• Choice of Entity and Business Formation
• Capital Structure
• Private Equity and Fund Raising
• Nonprofit Formation and Planning
• Franchising
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Asset v. Stock Purchase and Sale Transactions
• Joint Ventures
• Structuring Transactions

Loans & Financing
• Negotiating financing and funding
• Lender and Borrower Representation
• Security Agreements
• Pledge Agreements
• Subordination of Debt

Equity Structure & Agreements
• Shareholder Agreements
• Operating Agreements
• Partnership Agreements
• Contribution Agreements
• Voting Agreements
• Stock Purchase and Sale Transactions

Sales & Operating Matters
• Customer Contracts
• Independent Contractor Agreements
• Supply and Distribution Agreements
• Manufacturing Agreements
• Marketing Agreements
• Sales Representative Agreements
• Protection of Intellectual Property
• Privacy, Data Protection & Information Security

Employment & Human Capital
• Executive Compensation Structures
• Option and Incentive Plans
• Equity Compensation Plans
• Appreciation Rights Plans
• Employment Agreements
• Consulting Agreements
• Restrictive Covenants (Confidentiality, Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation)
• Separation and Release Agreements

Business Succession Planning
• Exit Strategy
• Coordination of Personal, Estate and Corporate Planning Matters
• Business Reorganizations and Corporate Restructuring
• Creditors’ Rights Issues
• Dissolutions
• Creation and Funding of Business Trusts .