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Fort Wayne, IN 46802

The lawyers in Barrett McNagny LLP's Corporate & Business Group counsel clients in the varied legal issues arising in the conduct of business. We represent a wide range of clients, from private businesses to publicly held corporations, and from start-up businesses to established firms. Clients represented by the law firm's Corporate & Business group span many major industry segments including manufacturing, distributing, retailing, banking and finance, health care, biotechnology, insurance, real estate, electronic commerce, and nonprofit, among others. Because of our broad client base, we have substantial experience advising businesses in complicated multi-national and multi-state transactions, as well as assisting smaller or emerging businesses on more routine business matters.

Practice Highlights

We represent clients on a variety of matters, from the original establishment of the business enterprise through all aspects of its evolution and operation. Our areas of emphasis include:

Forming Businesses and Emerging Business Planning

Recognizing that businesses have different legal needs, we counsel clients on the diverse legal issues for various types of entities such as sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies, and we assist businesses in choosing the appropriate entity. Our attorneys also work with new business endeavors in financial planning, accessing capital, organization management, and strategic partnering

Corporate Governance

We assist business clients in all aspects of corporate governance, including drafting internal governing documents such as articles, bylaws, minutes and shareholder agreements. We also advise businesses with resolving disputes with major customers, suppliers, and owners, and we offer counsel on officer and director liability.

Commercial and Common Business Transactions

We support our clients in a variety of contractual matters, including negotiating, developing, and documenting distributor, franchise, and sales agreements and programs; equipment sales, purchase agreements and equipment leases, technology licenses, warranties, as well as other general business transactions. We counsel businesses in connection with contractual obligations including requirement and supply contracts with customers, suppliers and distributors, and we assist clients with negotiating and drafting customized contracts to address unique business arrangements. We also advise businesses with structuring and preparing consulting agreements, executive compensation arrangements and management agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our lawyers within the Corporate & Business group represent clients in all aspects of buying, selling, merging, and consolidating businesses, including tax, finance, structure, environmental, ERISA, securities, labor relations, and real estate issues. We also assist businesses with structuring strategic alliances and forming joint ventures and special-purpose entities. Our group has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and completing purchase and sales transactions involving all types of businesses, including both public and private companies, and involving all types of entities, including general and limited partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies.

Antitrust and Trade Regulations

We counsel clients in many different industries on the antitrust laws and their impact on the conduct of business, including horizontal and vertical price fixing, monopolization, illegal tying, exclusive dealings, and boycotts. We also review distribution strategies, dealer, franchisee and other terminations, licensing provisions, and pricing and sales practices. The attorneys in this group help businesses with pre-merger filing requirements, including preparing and submitting notification forms, and we advise clients on the antitrust implications of proposed mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, responding to governmental investigations of proposed transactions, and negotiating with government agencies to obtain approvals. We also counsel clients concerning issues involving competitors, including trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and false advertising, tortious interference, breach of non-competition agreements, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Corporate Financing Transactions

We offer our clients legal counsel in all phases of financing, including asset-based financing, private placements and public offerings of debt and equity instruments, asset securitization transactions, government finance, real estate finance, letters of credit, placement of commercial paper, and other types of financing. Our attorneys have acted as bond counsel, as well as counsel to issuers, purchasers, investment advisors, financial institutions, and trustees in a variety of transactions.

Federal and State Securities

We handle a wide range of Federal and State securities issues. Our attorneys provide counsel for public offerings, private placements, and venture capital transactions, and we assist public companies with reporting and other compliance issues under Federal and State securities laws. Our business attorneys, in conjunction with the firm's Commercial Litigation Group, also represent both individuals and companies in lawsuits involving securities disputes, including the defense against Federal and/or State securities fraud claims. For more detailed information on our Securities practice area click here

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