Business Legal Transactions Attorney
Located in the Seattle/Bellevue Metro Area and Serving Businesses Nationwide
Every move a business makes has legal ramifications. Ms Rivers will get the deal done while taking the legal steps necessary to protect a business’s interests over the long term.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions can provide an avenue of fast growth for any business as it expands into new markets or acquires key suppliers or distributors to reduce operating costs. These transactions can take a variety of forms including mergers, asset purchases, stock purchases, hybrid transactions, LBOs, MBO, and division spin-offs. As with any business transaction, the move should be structured to maximize future growth potential with close attention paid to protecting the business’s legal interests.
Strategic Alliance Structuring and Agreements
Strategic alliances can provide key opportunities for businesses to expand their reach into new markets or offer additional services to their customers without having to make significant investments in new areas. Common models include joint venture agreements, cross distribution arrangements, and joint marketing agreements. More so than with supplier and distributor contracts, the deal must protect the parties from competing with themselves or cannibalizing their core markets.
Supplier, Distributor, and Customer Contracts
Contracts with suppliers, distributors, and customers are often treated as routine afterthoughts, but the time and money wasted by many businesses each year on contractual disputes shows that each contract should be carefully negotiated and drafted. Common sources of dispute include late payments, responsibility for uncontrollable delays from weather or other sources, and the meaning of ambiguous terms.
IP Licenses, Transfers, and Technology Agreements
In joint ventures, marketing agreements, and other arrangements, it will often make sense for a business to license its intellectual property. These deals must be carefully structured because a business that is viewed as not enforcing its intellectual property rights may be barred from enforcing them in the future.
Ms Rivers and Cairncross & Hempleman can handle all of a business’s legal needs. Based in Seattle, the firm serves clients throughout the United States. Call today to schedule a consultation.