corporate & transactional law
AXS LAW makes the collective expertise gained from servicing its largest clients and working on the most complex transactions available to every client, regardless of its size or stage of development. Our attorneys act as strategic partners in assisting our clients with the legal issues encountered in business formation as well as everyday business operations. We also recognize that small, growing businesses need comprehensive, experienced and cost-effective business counsel.
STARTUPS & EMERGING BUSINESSES
Starting and owning a business can be an exciting opportunity and journey for you, but business ownership can also present unique concerns. Adding in legal advice can do wonders to reduce your fears. We focus on handling the critical legal aspects of your company so that you can focus on growth, management, and profits. Recognizing that each business is different, we work with you to create a strategy that aligns with your company’s needs and your current business stage.
Some of the most common challenges encountered by business owners in the initial stage of development include what formation to choose, the availability of financing, ensuring federal and state regulatory compliance, solidifying real estate, protecting intellectual property, and establishing guidelines for executive and employee compensation. Get the help you need today from a team that is just as committed to your success as you are.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
AXS LAW attorneys have counseled clients on transactions with an aggregate value of billions of dollars, always focusing on practical, business-focused solutions responsive to our clients’ challenges and needs. Our attorneys assist our clients to structure, negotiate and execute a broad range of transactions, including:
Mergers, acquisitions, and sales of public and private companies.
Acquisitions and dispositions of assets, divisions, and business units.
Purchases and sales of both controlling and minority interests.
Joint ventures and strategic alliances.
“Going private” transactions.
International and cross-border transactions.
Spin-offs and roll-ups.
Corporate reorganizations and restructurings.
Tender and exchange offers.
Our broad and diverse M&A client base crosses many markets and industries. We assist companies ranging in size from venture-backed start-ups effecting their first transaction to large international companies with established and on-going acquisition programs.
GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES
AXS LAW closely works with each client to fully understand their industry and business model. Our attorneys provide outside general counsel services customized to address each client’s specific needs. In our capacity as outside general counsel we have developed an extensive, established network of legal sub-specialists and subject matter experts nationally and internationally that we incorporate into our representation on a case by case basis. Whether a client’s unique situation calls for specialists in international law, patent prosecution or complex tax and ERISA matters, we are able to deliver specialized, multi-jurisdictional advice as part of the overall general counsel service we provide. See also “General Corporate” Business Formation section of this website.
JOINT VENTURES & STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
AXS LAW attorneys have many years of experience counseling clients in successfully navigating complex legal, tax and business considerations for sophisticated joint venture transactions. Our joint venture practice consists of structuring, negotiating, and documenting joint venture relationships and strategic alliance arrangements, in a variety of industries. In addition, our group has extensive experience in helping clients determine appropriate joint venture structures—whether through corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, purely contractual relationships, or some combination thereof—and in assisting clients in their evaluation of the various tax, cash flow distribution, liability, control, governance, exit strategy and other implications of any particular structure. Our joint venture experience includes domestic, cross border and international arrangements. Our relationship with law firms in jurisdictions all over the world allows us to bring in local law knowledge when necessary.
INTERNATIONAL & CROSS BORDER TRANSACTIONS
AXS LAW attorneys have experience with sophisticated international and cross-border transactions for domestic and foreign clients, with a particular focus on businesses and deals involving or located in Latin America. All of our attorneys are fluent in Spanish and are familiar with the business, legal and social culture of many countries in Latin America. We also have strong and established relationships with leading law firms and other professionals throughout the region. AXS’ attorneys regularly assist its non-US clients in establishing operations in the U.S., in acquiring or investing in U.S.-based businesses, in participating in joint ventures with U.S. partners and in taking advantage of the U.S. capital markets. Our non-US clients include global and small foreign companies, as well as wealthy families and individuals. We also assist our U.S. clients in a variety of cross-border transactions, including acquiring foreign businesses, forming international joint ventures, raising offshore capital and selling companies or divisions to foreign acquirers. We routinely provide sophisticated counsel to our clients in a variety of industries in connection with a broad spectrum of cross-border transactions and other international business matters and issues.
PRIVATE EQUITY & VENTURE CAPITAL
AXS LAW private equity and venture capital practice focuses on fund formation, portfolio company investment and acquisition, corporate finance, securities offerings, tax and restructuring. Our attorneys are dedicated to assisting our clients find and secure the funds they need to operate, grow and prosper. Our attorneys have experience assisting clients in raising funds through a variety of lending transactions as well as private placements and public offerings of equity, debt and equity-linked securities, including in SEC-registered, Regulation S, D and Rule 144A offerings. We also have significant experience helping clients raise funds through an EB-5 or “Regional Center” model. Whether we represent the entrepreneur or company in search of growth or expansion capital, or the source of capital, our goal is to provide creative and practical, business-focused solutions to the challenges our clients face in all aspects of private investment and acquisition activity. We assist our clients across many industries and throughout the complete business life cycle.