Practices

Technology

Technology companies face challenges at every stage of their business life cycle, from start-up issues and organizational structuring, to the acquisition of venture equity and strategic debt financing to facilitate growth and expansion of the business. We guides clients to create principled corporate governance and commercial transactional strategies for developing and bringing products to market and negotiate, structure and document financing, acquisition and exit transactions to accelerate growth or provide liquidity to entrepreneurs and investors.

We have significant expertise in the negotiation and drafting of strategic and transactional intellectual property licensing, technology development, and technology marketing agreements. We represent emerging and established technology companies as well as investors in financing and acquisition transactions and have completed venture capital transactions in the biotechnology, life sciences and information technology industries, and advise companies in their acquisition by publicly-held buyers and privately-held ventures.
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Tax

Virtually every modern legal or commercial transaction can result in a myriad of tax consequences. We work closely with clients to structure transactions and ordinary business operations with a view towards maximizing tax benefits, reducing risks, and ensuring compliance with local, state and federal tax laws. We specialize in designing efficient tax strategies for emerging companies as well as guiding our clients through reorganizations, mergers and other significant life-cycle events. Apatoff | Peters possesses a wealth of experience with which to counsel your business as it expands and changes.

The tax services include:

  • Tax structuring for new entities (Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships, etc.);
  • Evaluation and consultation regarding significant business transactions;
  • Tax efficient reorganizations of corporate structures;
  • Research and Development Tax Credit evaluations;
  • Representation for controversies with the IRS or state tax authorities;
  • Tax consulting for high technology companies.
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Corporate

We advise emerging and established companies on all aspects of their operations, providing sound counsel on legal matters with direct impact on the business activities of our clients. This includes advice on entity formation, the negotiation, drafting and preparation of shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, compensation agreements, employment contracts, and general commercial contracts, the development of employee handbooks, corporate succession, benefit, stock option, stock warrant, equity participation, bonus and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and the development and management of internal process and compliance systems and commercial contract documentation and administration for privately-held businesses of all sizes across a wide range of industries, including industrial, life sciences, biotech, computer software, construction services, health care, and financial and professional services companies.

Our experience representing lenders, investors and entrepreneurs alike give us a unique perspective in assisting clients in merger and acquisition transactions, working capital financings, the development of operating subsidiaries and joint ventures, the structuring of new ventures and the reorganization, reincorporation or recapitalization of existing companies to increase shareholder value and best position a business for continued success.
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Estate Planning

Proper estate planning is crucial to protect the business and personal legacy of any family. We counsel clients regarding the creation of wills and trusts used in conjunction with an effective and prudent estate plan to protect your legacy and efficiently transfer wealth among the generations. We work with clients to minimize potentially adverse tax effects and create plans to manage that tax burden and ensure the efficient transfer of that wealth and legacy.

We also provide probate services, to help guide you through the complex process of settling an estate and are skilled in the creation of healthcare powers of attorney, advance medical directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney, critical to the development of a proper estate plan.
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