Corporate law is a broad area of practice that deals with the legal aspects of forming, operating, and dissolving corporations and other business entities. It encompasses a range of legal services, from advising on the appropriate legal structure for a new business venture to providing ongoing advice on corporate governance matters, such as director and shareholder meetings, record keeping and reporting, and compliance with annual filing requirements.
Our lawyers in the Corporate area of practice also assist clients with negotiating and drafting agreements, including shareholder agreements, employment agreements, and commercial contracts. We provide legal counsel on mergers and acquisitions, financing and securities offerings, and corporate restructurings. Additionally, we advise on regulatory compliance matters related to securities law, anti-corruption, anti-bribery, and anti-money laundering.
In representing our corporate clients, we work to protect their interests while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our legal team helps clients navigate the complexities of the corporate legal environment and works to minimize risk while maximizing potential opportunities for growth and profitability.
Core Practice Areas
Business Formation and Structuring
This involves the process of creating a business entity, including selecting the appropriate legal structure and filing the necessary documentation with government authorities. This may involve deciding on whether to incorporate a business, form a partnership, or establish a sole proprietorship. We work with clients to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each legal structure and assist with the drafting and filing of the necessary documents to establish the business. We also provide guidance on regulatory compliance, tax implications, and other legal and business considerations that may impact the formation and structuring of the business. The goal is to help clients establish a solid foundation for their business that meets their unique needs and objectives.
Corporate governance involves guiding a corporation through the legal and regulatory framework that governs its operations. Our legal team in this area advises clients on various aspects of corporate governance, such as board composition, director and officer duties and liabilities, conflicts of interest, and regulatory compliance. We work closely with clients to develop and implement effective governance structures and policies to ensure the long-term success of the corporation or business entity.
We can provide legal advice on a range of corporate governance matters, including corporate record keeping and reporting, annual filings, and compliance with regulatory requirements. We also offer guidance on shareholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring and provide ongoing advice and support on governance issues that may arise in the day-to-day operations of the corporation. Our goal is to help our corporate clients achieve their business objectives by ensuring compliance with ethical and legal standards, promoting transparency and accountability, and protecting the corporation’s interests.
Shareholder agreements are an essential part of managing a corporation and protecting the rights and interests of shareholders. Our legal team in this area advises clients on the legal implications and considerations of shareholder agreements and assists them in drafting and negotiating these complex documents. These agreements can include provisions that determine the distribution of voting rights, dividends, and responsibilities among shareholders, and may also include dispute resolution mechanisms. Our lawyers work closely with clients to ensure that shareholder agreements are tailored to their specific needs and objectives while complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements. In the event of shareholder disputes or conflicts, our legal team can also provide advice on resolving these issues through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.
In cases where a business entity is not formed as a corporation, our legal team would work with clients to identify and document the rights and obligations of stakeholders in accordance with the applicable legal structure of the business entity. This may include drafting partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, or other types of agreements that outline the terms and conditions of the business relationship between stakeholders. Our lawyers provide guidance and assistance throughout the negotiation and drafting process to ensure that the agreement accurately reflects the intentions and objectives of all stakeholders and is enforceable under relevant laws and regulations.
Corporate restructuring is a complex area of practice that involves the legal process of restructuring a corporation. This may include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations, as well as other significant corporate transactions. Our lawyers in this area work closely with clients to develop and implement effective strategies to achieve their business objectives, including minimizing tax implications, maximizing efficiency, and optimizing profitability.
Our legal team provides clients with a range of services, including due diligence, negotiation of the purchase or sale agreement, structuring the transaction, and obtaining any required regulatory approvals. They also provide advice on complex legal and regulatory issues that arise in these transactions, including securities law, tax law, and employment law. Our lawyers in this area help clients navigate the complex legal and regulatory issues that arise in corporate restructuring transactions, including antitrust and competition law, securities law, tax law, and employment law, and advising on post-transaction matters.
In addition to transactional work, our lawyers also advise clients on restructuring operations and governance issues, including board composition, director and officer duties and liabilities, conflicts of interest, and regulatory compliance. We work closely with clients to develop and implement effective governance structures and policies to ensure the long-term success of the corporation or business entity.
Corporate finance involves the legal aspects of raising capital for a corporation. Our lawyers provide advice and guidance to clients on the different financing options available to them, including private placements, public offerings, and venture capital. They assist clients in developing and implementing financing strategies that best align with their business goals and objectives.
Our legal team in this area of practice also assists clients in drafting and negotiating financing agreements, including loan agreements, convertible debt agreements, and equity financing agreements. They work closely with clients to ensure that the terms of the agreements are fair and favourable.
In addition, our lawyers provide guidance on regulatory compliance related to corporate finance, including securities law and stock exchange requirements. They assist clients in navigating the complex legal and regulatory issues that arise in corporate finance transactions and ensure that all necessary filings and disclosures are made in a timely and efficient manner.
Our goal is to help clients achieve their financing objectives while maintaining high standards of legal and ethical conduct and promoting transparency and accountability.
Dissolution and Winding Up
Dissolution and winding up involve the legal process of dissolving a corporation or winding up a business entity. Our lawyers advise clients on the steps necessary to properly wind up a business, including filing the necessary documentation with the appropriate government agencies and notifying all relevant parties, such as creditors, employees, and shareholders. They may also assist with the sale or transfer of assets, settling outstanding debts and obligations, and distributing remaining assets to shareholders. In some cases, our lawyers may also provide guidance on alternatives to dissolution or winding up, such as mergers or acquisitions or restructuring the corporation.