The Business Law Practice Group at CPM specializes in providing comprehensive legal services to a variety of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and more. Our experienced business attorneys serve as general counsel for numerous organizations, ranging from small sole proprietorships to large corporations.
We regularly advise business clients on matters involving the sale and distribution of goods and services, restraint of trade, employee relations, the purchase, sale, and leasing of real and personal property, and the formulation and implementation of tax strategies.
With this depth, we are well suited to represent companies of all sizes as outside general counsel and represent in-house counsel in complex matters and areas of specialized expertise in business law.
When it comes to your business, it’s important to prepare for every aspect of your industry. Our proactive approach is focused on helping you avoid problems and putting you in the most tax-advantageous position possible. We encourage year-end sessions with your business tax attorney to review your tax planning needs and help keep you informed about current statutes, regulations, and court decisions to help guide you and your business.
In today’s complex business and legal environments, meaningful commitments require careful consideration of a broad array of relationships, subject matter, and tax laws. A good agreement is the result of a thoughtful and purposeful negotiation that is established in a well-written document. Our contract attorneys have extensive experience in guiding clients through the process of analysis, negotiation, and formation of their contracts. If there is a default or other issue that arises after the execution of the contract, a well-drafted agreement cannot be understated in its importance to the parties in effectively reaching a resolution.
Our business attorneys assist our clients in a broad range of contract matters, including:
Corporate governance documents
The SEC and the various self-regulatory organizations have increased regulations to make sure officers and directors of both public and private entities are properly governed and that the integrity of their financial statements is unquestionable. Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP attorneys help guide executives and board members through regulatory obligations, so company stakeholders are better positioned to make informed decisions concerning the operation of their business while still complying with regulatory requirements.
Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP can help boards of directors and corporate executives to understand and fulfill their duties to government agencies, self-regulatory organizations, and their shareholders. We can offer guidance corporate governance counsel both before and after problems arise. Our securities attorneys can also help businesses establish policies and procedures that provide a roadmap to assist their officers and directors to better understand and adhere to their duties.
Often, banking and lending institutions are faced with ever-changing market challenges. Our extensive knowledge and practical approach has proven to be an invaluable resource to our clients. We keep abreast of new legal developments in order to effectively advise our clients on risk management issues related to each institution’s needs. By understanding the unique regulatory framework in which banks must operate, we are able to assist financial institutions in maximizing their business potential through expert banking and finance law counsel.
Our attorneys represent borrowers, brokers, and parties supplying credit enhancement in connection with financings of all sizes and degrees of complexity, as well as parties engaged in acquiring financial institutions. We handle a wide variety of federal and state regulatory compliance issues, from FDIC loss-share agreements to matters involving the Department of Financial Services, the Federal Reserve, and the SEC.
In our interconnected global society, more than ever, businesses are seeking to draw upon the skills and knowledge of foreign professionals and specially trained individuals. The immigration process can be complex, and at times even discouraging. Our firm has been assisting business clients for decades with their immigration needs. We understand the law and the often unpredictable nature of the process.
When considering immigration, careful planning is essential. Status, qualifications, criteria, and availability of a visa must all be considered. It is not just a matter of completing and filing the right “form.” In some cases, it may be desirable to engage in consular processing at a U.S. consulate abroad.
Our attorneys advise clients on frequently changing policies of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
No matter the size of your business, having a strategic labor and employment resource you can rely on is important. Whether your company has questions about day-to-day human resources issues, dealing with various state and federal agencies, needs accurate and strategic employment-related business advice, or needs employment litigation defense, we can help.
Our employment law attorneys have the breadth and depth of expertise that you should expect in choosing employment counsel to represent their businesses.
Intellectual property has the ability to build brand awareness and loyalty among consumers and can be a business’s most valuable asset. That’s why it’s important to take proactive steps in protecting your intellectual property assets. Our attorneys actively listen to understand your needs and goals. We guide our clients in establishing the protection of goods and services, giving our clients a competitive edge that has intrinsic value and may be sold, licensed, or leveraged for profit.
One of the most closely regulated industries involves the purchase and sale of securities. Our diligent technical knowledge of state and federal securities laws allows us to guide clients through the rigorous process of regulatory compliance. We provide creativity in structuring transactions and have experience in negotiating transactions with investment bankers, institutional investors, and venture capitalists which results in compliance and innovation in executing your business concept.
As new legislation unfolds and NIL laws change, student-athletes are provided with wonderful opportunities and faced with challenges they have never experienced before.
Marketing, endorsement, branding, and licensing contracts can be complicated instruments and may contain restrictions on future activities that a student-athlete may not be aware. Having a skilled negotiator can ensure you are maximizing your compensation potential.
Our NIL Lawyers can help guide athletes through NIL contract opportunities and assist with:
Being a public company or a municipality can provide special opportunities, such as accessing capital for business growth and acquisitions, using marketable securities as non-cash capital, and having a “ready market” for shareholders to sell their shares.
However, public companies have many compliance regulations about the issuance of their securities, as well as information dissemination and disclosure.
The laws affecting public companies do not exist in a static environment. Old rules are changed, and new rules are promulgated with frequency. Our securities lawyers are well-informed about new developments, and we can provide sound counsel and advice regarding ever-changing rules and regulations.