Business and Corporate Law
At Saxton & Stump, we act as trusted advisors to our business clients, providing experienced and practical advice in all stages of your business’s life, from startup to securing vital financing (debt and equity), managing growth and expansion, critical customer and supplier relationships and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, preparing for a sale or transfer and, if necessary, winding down and dissolution.
The Business and Corporate Group also works closely with the firm’s intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate and employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys to ensure knowledgeable and comprehensive solutions for our client’s most specialized needs.
Our knowledgeable attorneys have experience handling:
- General Business and Corporate
- Entity selection and formation, including formation and counseling for not-for-profit organizations
- Tax planning, appeals and transactions
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Corporate finance
- Sales and distribution
- Governance documents
General Business and Corporate
We regularly counsel clients through a multitude of general business and corporate matters including forming, organizing, and managing businesses across various industries. Our attorneys are committed to keeping up with industry trends in order to best serve clients in a number of areas including manufacturing, distribution, telecommunication, healthcare, and retail. We advise clients with entity selection; structuring and negotiating joint venture agreements; drafting and negotiating business contracts and shareholder, member, and partner agreements; counseling startup and early stage entities; and business succession planning.
Forming a Business
Forming a business can be challenging, which is why we partner with you every step of the way. We will guide you through entity selection and formation, internal governance, debt and equity financing, and the commercial relationships that arise from a budding business.
Our attorneys are equipped to provide guidance and strategy for limited liability companies and partnerships, limited partnerships, general partnerships, C-corporations and S-corporations, professional corporations, sole proprietorships, joint ventures, and non-profit organizations. We counsel clients in choosing the proper entity type based on circumstances, taxation, and liability risk.
Tax Efficient Planning for Business Transactions and Formations, Appeals, and Succession
Whether you are forming or reorganizing your business, growing to new heights, or preparing for next phase of leadership at your company, tax efficiency should be considered early and often. We have capable attorneys who can counsel you regarding specific tax implications for:
- Business formation including corporations, s-corporations, partnerships, LLCs, nonprofits and the preparation and filing of Form 1023
- Tax planning for business succession including Operating Agreements and Buy-Sell agreements
- Real estate structuring/restructuring and planning, especially drafting agreements with specific language for tax advantages and handling PA Realty Transfer Tax
- Dissolutions and liquidations
- State and local tax assistance and analysis including sales tax
- IRS and State tax appeals and abatements
- Employment tax matters
Mergers and Acquisitions
Synergy cannot be achieved without thoughtful planning and implementation. Mergers and acquisitions help businesses to achieve their objectives and gain leverage in a competitive market. Our attorneys are equipped to walk clients through drafting, negotiating, and closing mergers, acquisitions, and divestures for public and private companies. Our attorneys possess the knowledge to help clients weigh the risk and benefits of each business deal to ensure that favorable outcomes are achieved. We also offer counseling and tax analysis for entity clients and owners regarding shareholder, membership, and partnership agreements; withdraws; and buyouts.
Funding a business is no small feat, and determining which financing method is best for your business can be confusing. Our attorneys help clients evaluate the market and understand the facets of different funding methods to ensure that clients are well positioned to meet their business objectives. Our attorneys frequently advise clients on the benefits and risk of government, debt, and equity financing.
To expand a business, individuals may utilize venture capital and private equity funding. We advise clients who are providing or seeking investment. Our attorneys aid clients throughout the planning, implementation, and exit process of the investment partnership.
Sales and Distribution
Our attorneys have experience counseling clients regarding sales and distribution relationships and regulations relating to franchise, distribution and sales representative relationships, and pricing. We assist clients with national and international customer bases in developing commercial documents.
Our attorneys negotiate critical commercial contracts including:
- Private label
- Contract manufacturing
- SaaS licensing
- Exclusive supply arrangements
Without formal agreements in place, business owners are vulnerable to ownership transfer rights and obligations, decision-making authority, profit and loss allocation, and distribution issues. We help clients mitigate these risks by creating operating agreements, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, and articles of incorporation and bylaws.
We also advise clients who are planning for the future of their business. Our attorneys help clients to formally draft exit strategies that ensure all personal and financial assets are handled properly.
A Proactive Approach – Mitigation
Science has proven the ability to reduce adverse events and claims significantly, which is why our focus at Saxton & Stump is proactive rather than reactive. We aim to reduce our client’s risk and take a creative, aggressive approach when trial is necessary to provide our clients with the best possible defense.
Through the support of our legal and consulting teams — along with the propriety tools we have developed, the application of best practices, and other critical factors — we help you uncover areas of concern and provide direction to keep you out of court.
While we are laser-focused on minimizing legal and liability risks to your business, we are also exceptionally equipped to address the variety of concerns and disputes that can arise from business transactions. Among other business law-related claims, Saxton & Stump is experienced in handling:
- Breach of contract cases
- Partnership and joint venture disputes
- Class-action lawsuits
- Business torts
- Breach of fiduciary duty allegations
- Shareholder issues
- Coordinated Service
Saxton & Stump’s Business and Corporate Law Group is designed to seamlessly coordinate with other teams within the firm as appropriate. Collaboration between practices allows our firm to provide comprehensive and team-oriented services to accommodate all of our clients’ legal business needs.
Business And Corporate Law Professionals
- Katherine P. Granbois, Esq., Chair
- John M. Hogan, Esq.
- Anthony J. Foschi, Esq.
- Andy P. Berger, Esq.
- Kenneth J. McDermott, Esq.
- Ronald H. Pollock, Esq.
- Richard L. Hackman, Esq.
- Scott Alan Mitchell, Esq.
- Erik M. Hume, Esq.
- Matthew Chabal, III, Esq.
- Jason G. Benion, Esq.
- Andrew J. Reilly, Esq.
- Irish “Ryan” Neville, Esq.*
- Barry A. Solodky, Esq.
- Jeffrey B. Miller, Esq.
- Louis G. Fiorilla, Esq.
- Elaine A. Stanko, Esq.
- Kathy L. Pape, Esq.
- Carol Verish Houck, Esq.
- Stephen A. Spitz, Esq.*
- L. Stephen Bowers, Esq.
- Jennifer A. Galloway, Esq.
- Denean M. Russo, Esq.
- Kamron W. Abedi, Esq.
- Richard S. Calabrese, Jr., Esq.
- M. Yvonne Crouse
- Dana M. Kleckner
*Admitted only in South Carolina
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