We provide perspective and guidance across a broad range of operational, personnel, and financial reporting issues, including compliance with state and federal rules and regulations on hiring and firing, marketing and advertising, trade secrets and intellectual property, and more. We design effective compliance programs, workplace policies, agreements, and internal controls. And we negotiate contracts, close loans, and provide perspective to minimize taxation and maximize financial returns.
Clients rely on the insight of our lawyers, many of whom have served as in-house counsel, to identify and implement solutions to challenges and obstacles that arise in corporate transactions and also in the course of ongoing business operations. For example, we recently helped a newly acquired company to create employee incentives and benefits while simultaneously implementing fair employee restrictive covenants.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Dispositions
We advise a broad range of midsize public and private companies, investors, lenders, and others on mergers, both friendly and contested acquisitions, divestitures, and other reorganizations. Clients benefit from our expertise and thorough analysis to guide their decisions, identify objectives, and set strategies that lead to successful transactions.
Corporate Finance and Securities
Our attorneys regularly help businesses – startups, growth companies, privately held and public companies – raise capital through private placements, public offerings, securitized debt financings, mezzanine financing, and other vehicles. In addition, we work with a variety of investors to structure and manage hedge funds, venture capital funds, and real estate funds, as well as other investments, and ensure compliance with federal and state rules and regulations.
The lawyers in Stahl Cowen's commercial finance practice advise borrowers of all sizes – from family-run companies to national corporations – to finance expansion, acquisitions, real estate projects, ongoing operations, and more. We also provide banks with innovative solutions to protect their interests and investments across a broad range of products and lending activities.
The lawyers in Stahl Cowen's employment practice guide public and private companies as well as governmental entities through overlapping, and at times conflicting, state and federal employment laws and regulations, help them respond to day-to-day issues and obstacles, and craft sound employee agreements and benefit packages.
Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs)
Stahl Cowen is an experienced innovator with respect to VEBAs: we create VEBAs from the ground up to allow employers to lower their healthcare insurance costs and maximize available retiree benefits, then manage the VEBA's day-to-day operations and activities.
We provide clients with creative and practical solutions they need to minimize taxation and maximize financial return, and achieve their business and financial objectives. Recently, we properly structured a European pension fund's investment in several U.S.-based shopping center developments, paying careful attention to tax treaty-mandated distribution and tax rules.
The lawyers in Stahl Cowen's technology law practice help clients – both tech companies and those that merely use technology as a means to an end – manage the complexities of doing business in today's increasingly challenging and evolving regulatory environment.