General Corporate Counsel

Overview

Michael Best has served as corporate counsel to thousands of clients, assisting with commercial contracts, corporate governance issues, and other legal aspects of running a business. We provide a customized mix of services, from periodic support to acting as outside general counsel.

Service Areas

BEST Corporate Counsel

Our innovative BEST Corporate Counsel (BCC) service offering is designed for maximum flexibility and custom-tailored to each client’s specific legal needs, preferences, and internal resources. Working with public and private (including closely held) businesses, we provide the strategic guidance and hands-on assistance required by businesses today. For some clients, our lawyers serve as outside general counsel, managing all corporate legal matters; for others, we act as support for their in-house legal team on day-to-day matters and discrete projects. Our BCC service is offered with alternative fee arrangements, including monthly retainer arrangements and project based fixed fee, allowing our clients to budget with certainty and predictability. This also allows our clients the ability to document with specificity the type of services that will be performed for the fees incurred.

Corporate Governance

We advise clients on the full range of corporate governance issues, including entity formation, governance documents, board committee structure, fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, internal investigations, and government investigations. We help clients create and manage corporate compliance programs in areas such as anti-bribery and -corruption, anti–money laundering/counter-terrorism financing, antitrust and competition, privacy, and cybersecurity. Depending on client preferences, we can attend board and committee meetings, advising ad hoc in real time on various issues, including duties of directors with respect to change-of-control and other transactions. When needed, our advice addresses the special requirements applicable to companies whose securities are publicly traded.

Commercial Contracts

Our general counsel services often involve preparing, reviewing, and negotiating various contracts associated with business operations. We work closely with each client’s relevant decision-makers to ensure that contracts properly document and advance the organization’s objectives. Our experience covers virtually all types of commercial contracts, such as supply and distribution, franchise, license, employment and consulting, non-disclosure, master service, indemnity, and standardized trade agreements.

Business Succession Planning and Retirement Planning

Michael Best provides guidance on income and estate tax planning, business succession planning, financial planning, asset protection planning, risk management, and retirement planning.

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