Our Business Law Group delivers sophisticated legal advice, delivered with a "roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work" attitude. Our lawyers have deep roots in construction, manufacturing, retail, banking, cable television, Internet commerce, distribution and other midwestern industries. We have developed deep, longstanding professional relationships, often serving for years as our clients’ outside general counsel.
In short, we know business, and we know business people.
We work closely with in-house counsel, owners, executives and senior business managers to address the full range of day-to-day and strategic legal issues that arise in the normal course of business, including providing ongoing corporate governance and compliance counsel. We regularly draft and negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements such as the following:
- Distribution agreements on behalf of suppliers and distributors
- Contracts between web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) application providers and their customers
- Services agreements between professional services providers and their customers
- Software licenses
- Purchase order terms and conditions and terms and conditions of sale
- Contract manufacturing agreements
- Co-packing agreements
- Equipment leases
- Supply contracts
- Consulting agreements
We advise clients on the full range of major transactions, from forming new business entities and developing related by-laws, shareholder agreements and operating agreements, to negotiating and closing mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and divestitures. Our lawyers also have in-depth experience in securities matters, including initial public offerings (IPOs), reporting requirements, private equity placements, early-stage investments in emerging businesses, and all forms of debt financing.