Corporate / Business
Our practice group offers clients experienced, business savvy practitioners with well-rounded skill sets including several C.P.A.’s, M.B.A’s, a former Chief Financial Officer, the former Director of Financial Operations for companies in the healthcare industry and the long-time former general counsel of Avis. This unique blend of knowledge, allows us to assess business organization and transactions utilizing a broad knowledge of accounting, in addition to our legal skills to provide appropriate perspective and guidance. Having this much talent underneath one umbrella, enables us to better understand our client’s concerns from every angle of their business.
General Corporate Counsel
We structure, negotiate, draft and review corporate documents on behalf of clients big and small, foreign and domestic, growing or restructuring, and in nearly all jurisdictions. For many companies and corporations we are an invaluable addition to the general counsel team contributing to precise, reliable corporate documents and offering ongoing business counsel to your in-house legal team. In addition, the firm is experienced in the structuring of new business entities and the reorganization of existing businesses and affiliates. We have developed complex capital structures and control mechanisms for business in traditional corporate form, and in partnership, limited liability company and joint venture form.
Complex M & A Transactions
The majority of our work is in complex transactions, disclosure, compliance, governance and M&A, but in everything we do, we endeavor to support clients in a manner that allows them to focus on the growth of their business and know they are on sound legal footing, well-positioned for growth, and able to act swiftly to capitalize on the next opportunity.
We specialize in the structure and formation of the various forms of partnerships. Our goal is to assist businesses and sophisticated clients in the choice of what Partnership model best suits their financial and strategic goals. Complemented by our expertise in Corporate, Tax and Trusts & Estates law, we handle:
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Limited Partnerships
- Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
- Partnership Amendments
- Sale or Acquisition of Partnership Interests
- Tax Advice
We represent both public and private companies including start-up companies; public offerings; partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures; private placement offerings and syndications; compliance with Securities Exchange Act of 1934; legal audits. We understand companies don’t just have more information; they also have more responsibility with regard to that information than ever before. We help clients meet and manage these obligations. Specifically, we counsel clients in general corporate and securities matters including: ongoing registration requirements in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 and 1934; drafting proxy statements on Schedule 14a, preparation of board and shareholder meeting documents; preparing Form 8-K reports and annual and quarterly Form 10-K and 10-Q reports; drafting S-1 and S-8 registration statements, private placement memoranda, Regulation D offerings, including preparation of all state filing requirements.
We represent institutional lenders and borrowers in connection with short and long term financing for business enterprises; including mortgage financing.
Venture Capital Financing
We represent public and private companies as well as venture capital entities in connection with debt and equity offerings, warrants, and structuring joint ventures both domestically and abroad.
We develop and execute stock purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and other contracts to assist in its management and succession.
In business combinations and reorganizations, we structure and execute acquisitions, stock or asset purchase agreements, merger or consolidation agreements, recapitalizations, and leveraged buyouts. We do so in tandem with our Tax Law Practice Group to determine the most tax efficient way to structure each transaction. We also structure and draft agreements among owners, including corporate by-laws, membership agreements, shareholder agreements, and partnership agreements. We represent a variety of business enterprises and individuals requiring consultation in connection with NYSE, Nasdaq and NASD submission. We have developed complex capital structures and control mechanisms for business in traditional corporate form, and in partnership, limited liability company and joint venture form.
We provide counsel on traditional business transactions, the formation of new entities, basic corporate management responsibilities and unforeseen legal needs resulting from continued international and global growth. We counsel clients in complying with increasingly fragmented government and agency regulations, in understanding and managing new legal developments, and in forecasting legal trends to formulate sound corporate policy and stay ahead of the regulatory curve.
Meltzer Lippe corporate clients include public and private companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations; partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures; institutional lenders and borrowers; angel financiers and venture capital firms; corporate boards of directors; foreign companies; family owned businesses; hedge funds; private equity funds and health care companies.
We represent clients across many industries: manufacturing, retail, professional service providers, aviation, security, information technology, software, healthcare, financial services and other high-growth sectors spanning the globe. We offer the kind of support that allows your company to keep pace with corporate disclosure requirements and to be responsive to your needs for the business documents needed to grow your business.
Practice Groups: Corporate, Business
Areas of Focus: Corporate Law, Partnership & Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Internet Technology and E-Commerce and Renewable Energy
Overview: “Seventeen years of business, financial and accounting experience as a CPA prior to becoming a corporate attorney gives Ira a unique ability to understand his clients’ business and financial needs and help them achieve their goals.”
Practice Groups: Corporate, Joint Ventures, Partnerships
Areas of Focus: Securities with an emphasis on representing real estate companies, including REITs and structuring multi-party transactions
Overview: David represents lenders and borrowers in all facets of real estate lending as well as drafting and negotiating participation and inter-creditor agreements between lenders and drafting and negotiating forbearance agreements between lenders and borrowers.
Practice Groups: Real Estate, Tax and Estate Planning
Areas of Focus:Tax, Corporate and real Estate
Overview: Lew is Managing Partner of the firm. He seeks out, structures and acquires real estate investments for clients. Lew is active in public service, community organizations, and national and international politics. He is the Founder, Chairman and President of Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum; a developer of residential country club featuring a Gary Player signature golf course, marina and tennis complex.
Practice Group: Real Estate
Areas of Focus: Real Estate & Corporate Law
Overview: Bill has over twenty-five years of experience in representing private and public companies, including several real estate investment trusts, in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, financings, leasing and dispositions of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouse buildings and residential apartment complexes located through-out the United States.
Practice Groups: Corporate, Real Estate
Areas of Focus: Corporate Law: venture capital; franchising; public and private offerings; and representing commercial landlords.
Overview: David represents public and private companies; negotiates, drafts and reviews corporate documents for the firm’s corporate clients, both public and private, start-up and established; and handles various public and private offerings, acquisitions and franchising matters.
Practice Groups: Corporate Law, Employee Benefits
Areas of Focus: Employee Benefits; executive compensation; reorganizations, financing, and securities offerings.
Overview: Avi’s practice has focused on representing public company and private equity clients in connection with all employee benefits and executive compensation-related aspects of corporate transactions, reorganizations, financing arrangements and securities offerings, including: negotiation, review and drafting of transaction documents, due diligence, and issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code.
Mauro Viskovic is Counsel to the firm’s Corporate Law practice group, where he focuses on providing high quality and cost-effective solutions to clients’ legal matters. Since commencing his legal career in 2000, Mauro has been practicing law primarily in the areas of corporate and securities law. He represents entrepreneurs through all stages of their ventures’ […]
Thomas J. Waldron is an Associate in the Firm’s Corporate / Business Practice Group.
Thomas has worked on many corporate M&A deals. On these transactions, Thomas has drafted various documents such as stock purchase agreements, contribution agreements and resolutions, assisted in the due diligence of client/target information provided pursuant to the transactional agreements to ensure the accuracy of representations and warranties […]