Our business and finance attorneys combine business perspective and industry knowledge with legal acuity to identify issues and create solutions that help clients achieve their business goals.
Our attorneys are recognized for their creative approaches to structuring and negotiating transactions. Every deal is unique. In each situation, we assess the client's objectives, position in the marketplace, and tolerance for risk to devise creative strategies and structures that move transactions forward. Our originality produces a wider range of options for clients as well.
We excel in negotiating transactions and understand when to aggressively advocate a position and when to recommend an imaginative compromise to ensure that deals close quickly and efficiently, without impairing our client's end goals. We recognize the value of maintaining a cooperative environment, and our clients trust us to consider the other side's legitimate concerns and avoid taking an unproductive adversarial position that could jeopardize the deal or negatively affect the parties' post-closing relationship.
Because we have an extensive business network, we are able to bring together clients and investors, bankers, and other funding sources. We collaborate with Ballard Spahr attorneys in the tax, employee benefits, IP, and other areas; lead deal teams; and facilitate communication among our client's in-house counsel, business team, and financial advisers.
These strengths fuel our reputation and representations in these areas:
- In the M&A/private equity arena, we structure, negotiate, and close transactions for buyers, sellers, and related parties, including private equity groups, venture capital firms, and institutional investors.
- From start-up financing to initial and subsequent public offerings, our securities attorneys advise clients through all stages of development and capital-raising activities. We advise on compliance with public reporting and proxy obligations and ongoing SEC disclosure obligations. We also represent mutual funds in regulatory filings and in preparing shareholder materials.
- Representing financial institutions, investors, and servicers, we help facilitate a wide range of commercial finance transactions on both the lender and borrower side. We are also experienced in the restructuring and workout of troubled loans.
- Our across-the-board familiarity with international laws and regulations in numerous countries, as well as U.S. laws and regulations governing international transactions (such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Patriot Act), enables our attorneys to counsel our clients on a multitude of complex transactions that are international in scope.
Robert C. Gerlach