At Michael Best, the practice of law involves partnering with our clients to achieve their legal and business objectives.
Clients turn to our Corporate & Transactional group for strategic legal counsel covering the entire business life cycle — from organization, financing, and operation through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Our lawyers provide guidance on matters such as contract negotiations, corporate formation and governance, deal structuring, tax planning, dispute resolution, and much more.
We represent all sizes of publicly traded and privately held companies, individual and institutional investors, family trusts, and other entities in the following areas:
Corporate Finance & Securities
Representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as counseling public companies in securities law matters such as reporting and compliance under federal law, SEC rules, and stock market listing standards.
Providing strategic guidance to boards of directors and senior management on the full range of corporate governance matters, from structuring board committees to defending government investigations, and serving as general corporate counsel.
Distribution & Franchising
Advising franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers, and distributors on structuring franchise or distribution programs, related documentation, state registrations, sales and acquisitions, terminations and transfers, and litigation, and serving as day-to-day legal counsel in a variety of matters.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Assisting clients with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, asset purchases, joint ventures, and restructurings of companies in virtually all industries, with a focus on middle-market M&A (targets in the $25 million to $500 million annual revenue range).
Start-up and Emerging Businesses (“Venture Best”)
Working with entrepreneurs, and with their venture capital and angel investors, to help new, high-growth companies find financial backing and grow their businesses.
Advising private equity fund sponsors and investors on all aspects of fund formation, financing, acquisitions, and exits across a wide variety of private equity funds and funds of funds, and serving as counsel to portfolio companies.
Representing individual VC and angel investors, venture and private equity funds, and financial institutions in various aspects of their activities, from initial seed rounds and fund formation to later-stage investments and portfolio management.
Estate & Wealth Planning Services & Succession Planning
Counseling clients such as executives, private investors, family trusts, closely held business owners, and philanthropists on income and estate tax planning, business succession planning, financial planning, asset protection planning, risk management, and retirement planning.
Helping clients resolve a wide array of commercial disputes, including contract, unfair trade practices, antitrust, dealership and franchise, business torts, corporate governance, derivatives and securities, trade secrets and unfair competition, insolvency and restructuring, privacy and data security, land use, insurance, and financial services litigation.