At RKPT, our corporate lawyers help businesses navigate complex legal issues surrounding business law, including:
- Choosing the correct business entity
- Drafting contracts to clarify the relationships between business owners, investors, and employees
- Negotiating contracts and leases
- Drafting confidentiality, nonsolicitation, and non-compete agreements
- Investigating and completing mergers and acquisitions
- Buying or selling a business or its assets
- Business succession planning
Our lawyers provide comprehensive business law advice from the start of your business through its growth and development. We provide assistance managing your business and can even help when it comes time to sell your company.
Contact us today to learn more about our corporate law practice and to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers to get the help your business needs.
Choosing the right legal entity for your business is a crucial step that can set the stage for business success. Regardless of what business your company will do or the type of industry in which your company will operate, an experienced business formation lawyer can help solve problems for you before they happen.
Our lawyers will evaluate your business objectives, help you evaluate regulatory and compliance issues, and analyze other factors that will impact your company’s foundation and ensure smooth day-to-day operations for years to come.
There are many legal requirements for starting a new business, and an experienced business lawyer can help protect your personal and business assets while you focus on what you do best: launching your new business.
Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
A partnership or shareholder agreement outlines how the business will be operated and identifies the rights and responsibilities of the business owners. It ensures that owners are treated fairly and protects them from actions by other owners or outside third parties.
As your business grows and evolves, conflicts may arise. A partnership or shareholder agreement can help your business avoid costly legal battles by identifying the rights and responsibilities of the business owners and providing a process for resolving business disputes.
An experienced business lawyer will get to know what makes your business unique and can create a shareholder or partnership agreement that will protect the rights of the owners, as well as the business as a whole.
Business Contracts and Leases
Many business owners are under the mistaken belief that business contracts and commercial leases are similar to personal contracts or residential leases. But commercial contracts are much more complicated than those on the personal or residential side.
Because business contracts and commercial leases often contain unique clauses that are specific to the business, it is wise to have an experienced business attorney review a commercial agreement. A business lawyer can also help negotiate more favorable contract terms and conditions to empower your business towards success.
Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, and Confidentiality Agreements
Noncompete, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality agreements help to fairly protect a company’s business interests by restricting what employees can do when an employment relationship ends. They can be used to prevent the disclosure of confidential information, and to prohibit a former employee from contacting a business’s customers.
While a confidentiality, nonsolicitation, or noncompete agreement can be a beneficial tool to protect a company’s legitimate business interests, a poorly drafted agreement can be harmful to a business, either because its terms are unenforceable, or because it is excessively punitive to its employees.
The experienced corporate lawyers at RKPT can draft confidentiality, nonsolicitation, or noncompete agreements that will protect your company’s confidential information and legitimate business interests, while also maintaining positive corporate culture for your employees.
Mergers and Acquisitions
As your business grows, you may find a competitive advantage by merging your business with another company or acquiring a strategic target. The corporate lawyers at RKPT help you analyze a proposed merger or acquisition, determine whether it is the right move for your business, and avoid the risks associated with these transactions.
Our business law lawyers will work closely with your senior management and business leaders to create solutions that protect your interests and help you meet your goals.
Buying or Selling a Business
Buying or selling a business is complicated. There are large sums of money at stake, and complex valuations, negotiations, and contracts that must be completed, often on a very specific timetable. To avoid a costly mistake, an experienced corporate lawyer can provide advice, negotiate the purchase or sale, and prepare the appropriate contracts to make sure the transaction goes smoothly and the sale is completed properly. A lawyer will make sure you get the deal you want and will structure the transaction in a way that is most advantageous to you.
A business succession plan allows business owners to pass their leadership roles to other employees or a group of employees. A well-drafted business succession plan ensures that a company continues to run smoothly as its most important people move on—either to retirement, to new opportunities, or in the event they pass away.
At RKPT, our experienced business succession planning lawyers can assist with the organizational structure, tax implications, and estate planning issues that make a business succession plan a success.
RKPT Provides Assistance with All Your Business Needs
Running a successful business isn’t easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. The corporate lawyers at RKPT are here to help your business succeed. From our offices in Cincinnati, we represent businesses throughout Ohio and across the country.
Contact us today to learn how the business lawyers at RKPT can help, and to schedule a confidential meeting with one of our attorneys to get the legal assistance you need.