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Our market-leading corporate lawyers have extensive experience advising companies on a wide range of matters and at all stages of their business lifecycle

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Business Formation and Counseling

We advise clients throughout the business lifecycle from initial formation and organization through financing, negotiation of executive compensation arrangements, general contract review and negotiation, corporate governance matters and equity incentive plans. We often serve as outside general counsel to many of our business clients, advising them on a host of day-to-day matters. Our attorneys can also advise nonprofits and cooperatives. 

Business Succession Planning

Our business attorneys, in conjunction with our estate planning and probate attorneys, routinely advise our clients on matters concerning business succession, wealth preservation and complex estate and tax matters. We strive to create solutions to preserve and transition the value created by a lifetime of work.

Commercial Finance and Secured Lending

Commercial lending transactions are core to our financial institution clients, and often serve as a key financing source for other business clients. We can prepare and negotiate a range of secured and unsecured commercial financing agreements, including commercial loans, credit facilities, revolving lines of credit and equipment lease financing.

Corporate Finance and Securities

Our business attorneys advise companies and investors on hundreds of capital raising transactions, including private placements, public offerings of debt, and equity securities. We represent public and private company clients on matters concerning state and federal securities compliance and corporate governance matters. We also assist our publicly held clients with their disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Intellectual Property

For many of our clients, intellectual property is their key asset. Our business attorneys have extensive experience in advising clients on strategies to protect and preserve their critical intellectual property. We can assist in trademark, trade secrets, and copyright law through the use of nondisclosure, invention assignment agreements, and technology license agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We advise clients throughout the acquisition process, from strategy and structuring to due diligence, negotiation, closing and integration. We represent public and private companies, small businesses, investors and individuals in a variety of transaction structures like traditional mergers, asset and stock transactions, ESOPs and management buy-outs.

Partnerships, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

We regularly advise clients on business structures intended to address a client’s needs for insulation from liability, asset protection, operational ease and desired tax and accounting aspects.

Privacy and Information Management

The rapid evolution of technology has made it easy for companies to obtain and process information. However, laws regulating privacy, data, and information are complex and can be challenging to comply with. We help our clients identify the privacy laws affecting their business, advise them of the legal and business risks associated with non-compliance, and provide practical, cost-efficient solutions that match their concerns.


Boutin Jones has the largest and most experienced group of tax attorneys in the region. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team of federal, state, and local tax experts. Our attorneys are experts in income, estate and gift, sales and use, property, excise, employment and documentary transfer taxes. We provide all types of tax and estate planning advice, as well as representation of clients before the federal and state tax regulators.