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Business Representation

The business and corporate attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins work closely with founders, directors and managers to provide practical guidance with respect to the day-to-day challenges of various corporations and closely held family businesses. Several of our corporate lawyers have served as general counsel of privately-held corporations and leverage this experience not only to counsel established businesses, but also to provide insight to new and expanding businesses with respect to challenges they may face as they grow. Our corporate attorneys have a wide range of expertise in business law, including strategic business planning for commercial transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and employment. We have also counseled our clients through challenging corporate governance issues such as generational transfers, corporate divorces and other changes of control to ensure compliance with the rights of shareholders and creditors.

As experienced business formation attorneys, we regularly form numerous corporations, limited liability companies, professional corporations, general and limited partnerships, business trusts and other entities of virtually every kind. The organization of these new entities entails a wide variety of related agreements such as shareholders agreements, operating agreements, employment agreements and cross purchase agreements, as circumstances dictate.

Closely Held and Family Businesses

Our business succession attorneys leverage the expertise of the firm’s Private Client Services practice, Wilchins Cosentino & Novins is particularly well-suited to advising the owners and managers of closely-held and family businesses. Such businesses and their owners often require expert tax structuring and business succession planning and frequently reorganize themselves for a variety of reasons, such as the departure of major owners or the entry of new investors. By using a team approach, our attorneys can expertly advise clients regarding the legal implications of such events and will efficiently formulate and execute a family business plan that makes practical sense.

Commercial and Technology Transactions

The corporate attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins structure and negotiate various domestic and international commercial and technology transactions. These transactions include development and manufacturing relationships, services agreements, intellectual property licenses, technology transfers and distribution, reseller and OEM agreements. Our clients include a wide variety of traditional and high-technology businesses, including wholesale, retail, distribution, software, information technology, telecommunications, and engineering.

Our lawyers take a pragmatic approach to providing legal services and work directly with individuals at all levels in an organization to provide legal, business and strategic guidance. Our clients have often described us as their “outside in-house counsel,” because we provide them with readily-available legal resources that integrate seamlessly into their organizations.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins’ business law attorneys provide legal advice regarding selling a business, business acquisitions and divestitures in many types of transactions such as purchases and sales of assets and securities, mergers and consolidations, joint ventures, spin-offs, recapitalizations and restructurings. Our clients include acquirers, target companies and shareholders in a broad range of industries. We represent companies ranging in size from start-ups to large entities with significant operating histories, as well as individuals. In order to avoid unnecessary challenges and to encourage smooth transactions, our business attorneys often assist the firm’s clients in planning their approaches to potential transactions well in advance of negotiating and drafting the definitive documents and also perform due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.

Commercial Financing, Debt and Equity

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins represents individual and institutional borrowers and lenders in securities and debt transactions ranging from the simple to the complex. Our business attorneys advise both investors and issuers in connection with capital-raising transactions involving private and institutional sources, including the preparation, negotiation and review of all related offering materials, transaction documents and securities filings. When representing an issuer, our business contract attorneys work closely with senior management to negotiate transaction terms with angel, institutional and quasi-public investors, to review and produce diligence materials and to ensure that the issuer does not run afoul of anti-dilution or other investor protective provisions that may be in place from prior financings.

Debt transactions, if secured, may involve a wide variety of security devices such as guarantees, stock pledges and security interests in inventory, equipment, accounts receivable, contract rights, intellectual property and real estate. Our corporate attorneys also advise clients in connection with raising capital from private and institutional sources, including the preparation of all related offering materials and assistance in its distribution. In performing these services, we remain mindful that the dealings between our clients and their opposite parties will be ongoing and we seek to provide counsel in a manner that not only protects our clients’ interests, but also preserves their valuable business relationships.

Corporate Tax Planning

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins business tax attorneys provide sophisticated federal, state and local corporate tax advice. We advise clients in planning and structuring transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, consolidations, formations, restructurings, dissolutions, debt and equity financings and joint ventures. Our lawyers advise on a wide range of tax issues including the tax effects of granting stock options and other equity or equity-related incentives, partnership and limited liability company tax issues, S corporation issues and other matters arising in the context of closely held or family businesses. Our small business attorneys appear on behalf of clients in tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and federal and state courts.

Employment Law

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins offers a broad range of employment law services for both employers and employees. Our corporate litigation and employment lawyers counsel clients in connection with negotiating and enforcing employment, confidentiality, noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements. We advise employers and employees in termination matters, along with related separation agreements and other issues. Our lawyers carefully counsel clients regarding the potential legal impact of important employment decisions including compensation, hiring, promotion, discipline, termination and benefits. We also advise clients on employment policies, employee manuals and internet issues, and we make certain that clients are aware of compliance issues under federal and state legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, HIPAA, ERISA, COBRA and antidiscrimination laws.

Shareholder Disputes

The shareholder dispute attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins handles a broad range of disputes among shareholders and business owners, such as disputes over ownership, management and control. Disagreements among owners commonly involve alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, the rights and obligations of minority owners, minority “freeze outs,” shareholder derivative suits, the enforcement of organizational documents and actions seeking to pierce the corporate veil. Frequently our corporate attorneys provide services concerning matters that may be resolved through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration. The firm also encourages and acts as a mediator to family businesses when difficult questions must be addressed and when better communication between owners is needed.

Intellectual Property

The business law and intellectual property attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins advise clients on the protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights. Our attorneys assist clients with strategy decisions regarding intellectual property, including, when appropriate, pursuing and obtaining registration. The firm advises clients in negotiating and drafting licensing and sales agreements, joint ventures and other collaborative agreements, as well as confidentiality, know-how and trade secret agreements. Cosentino & Novins advises clients on the protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights. Our attorneys assist clients with strategy decisions regarding intellectual property, including, when appropriate, pursuing and obtaining registration. The firm advises clients in negotiating and drafting licensing and sales agreements, joint ventures and other collaborative agreements, as well as confidentiality, know-how and trade secret agreements.