Corporate

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Overview

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella’s team of experienced corporate lawyers provides comprehensive, expert legal and business advice across all industries, serving the full business law needs of our clients.   

Clients appreciate the effective and efficient manner in which we successfully negotiate and complete corporate transactions.  We seamlessly incorporate a multidisciplinary approach with other Burke, Warren practice areas, including Corporate, Tax Advisory Services, Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment, and Real Estate in a cost-effective manner.

We provide corporate legal expertise for business entities of all sizes, market segments, and stages of growth, including for-profit and nonprofit entities.  Our practice is national in scope and our clients range from start-up ventures to Fortune 20 corporations.   Our attorneys are recognized by peer review publications, serve as adjunct professors of law, speak nationally on topics regarding various corporate matters, and lead trade association committees and organizations. 

Services Provided

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our lawyers have extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations and represent privately held and publicly traded buyers and sellers and financiers in connection with these transactions.   We provide representation in every aspect of the transaction, including securities, taxation, antitrust, environmental, employee benefits, labor, and real estate matters.  The scope of our services goes beyond due diligence, the negotiation of definitive agreements, and regulatory filings.  We help clients prepare for a transaction by providing counsel on organization, business operations, and tax and governance issues.  We also provide assistance in evaluation of financing options and securing the desired financing and counsel on succession planning issues.

Strategic Ventures

We have counseled clients in the negotiation and implementation of a wide range of strategic initiatives, including joint ventures, partnerships, licensing and distribution arrangements, and complex public–private joint ventures and cooperative transactions. We understand that the complexity of these relationships requires not only the ability to structure, document, and negotiate detailed agreements, but also the importance of assessing and addressing related tax, securities, and other regulatory concerns.

Corporate Finance

We have assisted borrowers, lenders, issuers, and underwriters in all facets of debt and equity financings, including traditional bank lending, debt restructurings, venture capital financings, private offerings, angel investments, and public offerings.  We have extensive experience in all aspects of securities law and have represented issuers, underwriters, municipalities, lenders, and financial institutions in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including taxable and tax-exempt bonds.  We counsel publicly traded companies on the preparation of proxy materials, annual reports, and other required disclosure materials to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

General Representation

Our corporate attorneys regularly serve as outside general counsel for a variety of businesses, including early stage, closely held, middle market, and publicly traded companies.  We provide guidance on all types of business and transactional matters, including start up and formation issues, debt and equity financing, development and licensing agreements, customer and supplier contracts, joint ventures, strategic relationships, employment and non-compete agreements, stock option and employee benefit plans, regulatory and legislative issues, corporate governance matters, succession planning, work-outs, and restructurings

Business Formation and Start-up

When advising on business formation, we provide corporate, tax, securities, and regulatory analysis to help clients create the most legally and financially efficient and effective vehicles for conducting their business.  Guidance on matters critical to an effective start-up include choice of entity and forum; appropriate capitalization; securities law compliance; offering materials; employee options; protection of relationships with employees, suppliers, distributors and customers; and corporate governance and shareholder rights.

330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
T: 312.840.7000
F: 312.840.7900