Business and Corporate Law
Corporate Law (also “company” or “corporations” law) is the practice area that addresses corporate formation and how shareholders, members, directors, and officers interact with each other. Corporate Law is sometimes defined as everything business that is not litigation or tax. This practice area includes all the laws that govern how to start, buy, manage, close, or sell any type of business.
Business formation is at the heart of Corporate Law. New entrepreneurs need to decide early on whether to form a classic corporation and issue stock or opt for one of the newer alternatives the law allows, such as the Limited Liability Company (LLC). The decision of how to launch the business is often dependent on tax issues and it is advisable to consult with attorneys who also practice Tax Law. Dotts Law Office also practices Tax Law.
After formation, corporate disputes are what most involve the attorneys who practice Corporate Law. Disputes can arise at any time, regardless of a company’s size, industry, or geographic distribution. Suppliers, customers, partners, competitors, and regulators may suddenly become adversaries. The success of a business depends upon the smooth workings of a multitude of relationships, transactions, contracts, and agreements, and the assistance of attorneys familiar with business can be instrumental to a business’s success.
Mergers and Acquisitions is a phrase associated with Corporate Law and is a subset of the practice area. When businesses buy other businesses, or are sold, it is important to work with an attorney who works in this Practice Area.
The attorneys at Dotts Law have been involved in all levels of Corporate Law, from corporate and limited liability company formation, to governance and shareholder disputes, to assistance with expansion such as though mergers and acquisitions, and the wrap up and dissolution of businesses.
Areas of focus in the Corporate Law practice area include:
- Formation of corporations and LLCs
- Securities regulation
- Corporate governance
- Corporate bonds
- Secured transactions
- Shareholder lawsuits
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Dodd-Frank Act
- Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act