Business Law and Business Transactions

For more than 20 years, Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P.’s business attorneys have provided comprehensive legal services to a diverse group of local, national, and international clients – including individuals and business entities alike – in a wide variety of activities, industries, and business transactions.  Our wealth of business-law experience enables us to custom-tailor our services to each of our clients’ particular needs, and to provide practical and cost-effective legal solutions to the varied and complex issues faced in an ever-changing business environment.

Our attorneys have extensive expertise in forming, operating, financing, buying, and selling all forms of business enterprises, including corporations (both for profit and nonprofit), general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, and professional associations.  We also routinely advise our clients on day-to-day legal issues that arise in the operation and governance of their businesses, as well as in analyzing business opportunities and negotiating, structuring, and properly documenting a variety of business transactions.

We recognize that each business and business opportunity is unique.  As a result, we regularly assist our clients in evaluating and selecting the best organizational structure to utilize for their particular needs, as well as in making decisions on how to capitalize, manage, and operate their business.  We also have significant experience creating sophisticated, multi-tiered ownership structures designed to address a variety of concerns relating to management, control, voting, and tax matters.

Our clients range from small start-up businesses, to larger and more established business entities, to highly sophisticated, complex, and diversified international conglomerates.  We have represented chemical and energy companies, transportation and industrial manufacturing companies, healthcare industry clients (including medical practice groups, hospitals, and physicians), food manufacturing and vending companies, sporting goods companies, investors and entrepreneurs, franchisors and franchisees, boards of directors and board-appointed committees, shareholders, business executives, and joint venturers.

We represent clients in virtually all areas of business, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Purchases or sales of a business or the assets of a business, including stock purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements
  • Executive employment agreements
  • Stock incentive plans
  • Severance arrangements
  • Corporate governance matters
  • Purchasing or leasing business property, equipment, or furnishings
  • Stock options and other equity compensation
  • Acquisition and licensing of business intellectual property
  • Forming, operating, and liquidating business entities
  • Employment and non-competition agreements
  • Service contracts and licensing agreements
  • Subscription, buy-sell, and shareholder agreements
  • Indemnity agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Franchising agreements

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