Buckley Fine knows that running a business can present a number of challenges. The attorneys at Buckley Fine have the skills and experience to provide practical and effective solutions. From everyday matters to complex transactions, our team counsels businesses in a wide range of industries and professions. The Barrington-area lawyers at Buckley Fine not only respond to problems as they arise, but also proactively anticipate potential issues that could surface in the future, saving clients time, money, and frustration.
Buckley Fine’s M&A attorneys handle the purchase and sale of privately owned businesses in the middle-market.
Mergers, Acquisitions & Sales
The Barrington-area lawyers of Buckley Fine can:
Draft proposals, bids, letters of intent, and non-disclosure agreements
Provide counsel on tax implications
Oversee and advise on asset purchases
Spin-offs, split-offs and subsidiary transactions
Lending (senior, junior, mezzanine, syndicated, equipment, and unsecured)
Buckley Fine’s M&A attorneys handle the purchase and sale of privately owned businesses in the middle-market. Clients include family-owned businesses, closely held businesses, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, entrepreneurs, employee stock ownership plans and chapter 11 debtors. The team of experienced attorneys at Buckley Fine understands the processes of merging, acquiring, and restructuring from both sides of the table. They provide sound advice and practical solutions in evaluating, negotiating and executing clients’ transactions.
The Barrington-area lawyers at Buckley Fine are prepared to meet the specific needs of any business, large or small, during the M&A process. Furthermore, the firm’s attorneys can help anticipate issues that may arise after closing, such as managing liability and establishing business succession plans. Whatever a client’s needs may be, their team will work side-by-side with their clients to achieve their goals when going through a merger, reorganization, or acquisition. One thing is constant: their mission is to minimize disruption and protect their client’s interests, while making the transaction as smooth and painless as possible.
At Buckley Fine, their lawyers understand how important it is to determine and document business transition plans.
The attorneys of Buckley Fine can help:
Draft buy-sell agreements
Determine how and when to trigger a buy-sell agreement
Devise a means to value the business
Understand how outside events (e.g. divorce or bankruptcy) impact an agreement
Determine who is entitled to purchase a departing owner’s interest
Fund the buy-sell agreement
Understand the tax implications that each option available in an agreement entails
At Buckley Fine, their lawyers understand how important it is to determine and document business transition plans. In some cases, that future could bring with it the exit or death of original partners or founders. In this eventuality, a robust and thorough business-succession plan is crucial to keeping their enterprise functional and profitable.
One central aspect of business-succession planning is the development of buy-sell contracts. These contracts protect remaining partners, spouses and stakeholders, as well as prevent interruptions to a business. The firm’s team of experienced attorneys is prepared to serve clients by developing agreements that meet the needs of their enterprise and maintain its smooth operation no matter what the future brings.
Buckley Fine’s Barrington-area attorneys can help determine what will happen to a business in the event of a change in ownership via a buy-sell agreement.
Buckley Fine understands that even early in the process of starting a business, effective legal counsel is crucial.
Business Formation & Capitalization
The attorneys at Buckley Fine can help with:
Business formations (S Corporations, C Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships)
Buckley Fine understands that even early in the process of starting a business, effective legal counsel is crucial. Every business is different, and understanding how best to form a business as a legal entity can help avoid costly and time-consuming issues. The firm’s team of experienced attorneys can help guide clients through every step of the process of forming a business entity, and help ensure that a business structure is robust and appropriate to a client’s enterprise.
Buckley Fine’s chief objective is to help clients achieve their business goals. Selecting the appropriate type of business entity to form will prove crucial to minimizing personal liability and keeping tax burdens low.
Buckley Fine’s attorneys also counsel on the capitalization of your business. From assessing sources for the initial investment, to addressing cash flow, and modeling scenarios for a potential investment or sale, their attorneys have the experience to maximize your success. Buckley Fine works with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to publicly traded companies, and they look forward to utilizing their knowledge and experience to help with all aspects of your business.
Buckley Fine attorneys know what it takes to successfully transition a business. Determining who will take over upon retirement, disability or death can be daunting, especially if there is no natural successor.
The attorneys at Buckley Fine can help with:
Estate tax planning
Post- transition employment and consulting agreements
Buckley Fine attorneys know what it takes to successfully transition a business. Determining who will take over upon retirement, disability or death can be daunting, especially if there is no natural successor. Their skilled business succession attorneys will work with you to create a plan and guide you through the process.
Whether selling to a co-owner, key employee, third party or your family, they can facilitate a successful change in ownership that reduces stress and maximizes results. Whether you are planning to sell or buy now, or looking to create a plan for the future, their sophisticated business attorneys will work to meet your goals.
The Buckley Fine team proactively addresses all aspects of the business succession planning, including identifying the successor, the timeline, tax consequences, income needs, business valuation, payment of the purchase price, potential continued employment, as well as how it may affect your lifestyle, estate planning and intended beneficiaries. Addressing these together reduces the potential for unintended consequences and increases the likelihood of success, both during the transition and after the business changes hands.
Buckley Fine’s attorneys handle sophisticated and complex business succession plans and can apply their collective knowledge and experience to help you.