Although Bowles & Verna is well known for its litigation expertise, it has developed and expanded its corporate and business practice considerably since 1988. Our role in transactional practice is to help accomplish strategic objectives — to launch new ventures, structure acquisitions and reorganizations, manage operations and preserve assets for ultimate disposition. We serve as general counsel to a number of small and mid-size companies in a variety of industries, and we provide a full spectrum of advice and counsel, including:
- Entity Formation and Structural Planning
The variety of structures available for new businesses — “C” and “S” corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures — creates both challenge and opportunity. The structural decision has a wide ranging impact on taxes, co-ownership relationships, insurance requirements and landlord-tenant relationships, to name a few. We guide you through the maze to help you make the optimal decision; then we prepare all appropriate documentation to ensure that your decisions are implemented and all applicable laws are observed.
- Real Property
Our clients include developers, owner-operators, financial institutions and brokers. Recently, the firm has handled an increasing number of matters relating to problem loans, workouts, bankruptcies, and refinancings. We have considerable expertise in:
- acquisitions, sales and exchanges
- formation and operation of partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures
- retail, commercial and industrial leasing
- real estate development and land use
- Mergers, Acquisitions, Reorganizations and Sales
Efficient and effective growth is imperative to business success. Productivity may be enhanced by business combinations and acquisitions. Success is sometimes measured by the timely disposition of assets. We have considerable experience in strategizing and structuring these landmark events.
- Employment and Personnel Policies
Staffing is no longer merely a matter of signing a union contract or shaking hands. Employment discrimination, accommodations for persons with disabilities, wage and hour rules, harassment, workplace violence and employee privacy are only a few of the issues employers face. We provide counsel in all aspects of personnel practices, including employee, consultant and independent contractor relationships.
- Trade Secrets, Trademarks and Technology
The most valuable assets of a business are often intangible — confidential information, proprietary technology, trademark/tradename, customer/client lists and goodwill. B&V advises its clients in developing strategies to protect and enhance the value of your intellectual property. We also provide advice and documentation for technology licensing and transfers.
- Service and Equipment Contracts
The day-to-day operation of business is sometimes the most vulnerable to dispute. We know your business or we learn it quickly. Your relationships with customers, suppliers, service contractors and others are less likely to end in expensive conflict if contracts are reviewed before signing. We are committed to forging productive long term alliances with our clients, keeping in mind that a brief time spent at the start saves a prolonged or expensive proceeding later.
- Estate and Business Succession Planning
Many of our clients are family owned enterprises. Wealth accumulation and business success depend on long range planning. We work in evaluating investment strategies, planning and documenting vehicles (such as living trusts, buy-sell agreements and family limited partnerships), with your team of financial planning and insurance professionals, for retention or sharing of asset control, and ultimately providing for family or beneficiaries