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Business Strategies and Advice



Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard has broad experience representing closely held businesses of all shapes and sizes. Our attorneys provide guidance to closely held businesses on ownership transition, regulation, realization and preservation of value, and other issues unique to closely held businesses.

Closely held businesses are the core of the firm’s business practice. We are devoted to providing integrated and cost-effective services to you throughout the life of your business, from selecting and forming your first business entity to providing practical advice and representation in employment-related matters, to offering creative solutions to resolve disputes. We recognize the unique motivations of these business owners and their individual, dynamic needs that require creative and efficient business and personal solutions.

Sandberg Phoenix lawyers can advise and counsel you on formation of business entities such as C corporations, S corporations, general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and can guide you to ensure that the entity structure will meet the needs dictated by you and your business model. We can help you navigate through all of your company’s transactions, including assisting in acquisition and leasing of real and personal property, locating and negotiating loans from traditional and non-traditional sources, structuring and negotiating ESOP structures and loans, protecting valuable intellectual property rights such as domestic and international trademarks, patents and copyrights, advising on employment matters such as preparation of handbooks and employment applications and providing advice about the hiring and termination of employees.

Our corporate attorneys work closely as one team with colleagues in related areas to meet the varied needs of the closely held business. Through this combined effort, we can represent and serve your company’s needs with taxation and assessment, structuring executive compensation using techniques that reward key employees and build loyalty to owners, and business succession planning. Our lawyers offer hands-on experience in analyzing and structuring transactions in order to obtain optimal federal and state income and transfer tax consequences. We also work closely and collaborate with you and your accountants, tax experts and business consultants, to address the various legal and financial issues encountered in closely held businesses.

We recognize the high toll of litigation in today’s business environment and when disputes do arise that impact your closely held business, we will strategize with you to offer creative solutions to resolve disputes, short of litigation, including arbitration and mediation. We view our role as a business advisor and personal planner, solving problems, not merely explaining the law.

Governance and Finance

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard is dedicated to helping you make sound decisions on corporate governance and finance issues.

Good corporate organization, planning and governance means preserving an ongoing atmosphere of trust among all interested parties. Our business lawyers are well positioned to help clients achieve and maintain an effective and admired level of communication among a company’s owners and managers and establish optimal procedures for management of the company’s internal behavior.

Sandberg Phoenix attorneys assist and guide our business clients through the intricate and often confusing relationships with stockholders, partners, officers and directors. In today’s climate of increased accountability and financial scrutiny, it is crucial for business entities to have a trusted legal partner who can help them navigate through ever-changing regulations and case law.

Our lawyers help shape and define tasks, relationships and roles among officers, directors and shareholders of a corporation, partners in general and limited partnerships and joint ventures, and members and mangers of limited liability companies. We can counsel you with respect to governance policy as well as changes in the law over time. We regularly work with our clients and their outside financial advisors on executive compensation and severance issues.

We also are skilled members of our clients’ financial planning team, and are prepared to assist you with such matters as capital formation and short- and long-term financing not only with traditional institutional lenders but with less obvious sources of funding. Whether you are formulating a plan to award stock to employees or seeking internal or external sources of new capital, Sandberg Phoenix’ legal professionals work closely with you and your financial advisors to help meet your company’s objectives. Our attorneys are experienced at providing timely, practical, efficient and cost effective advice and deal documents. At the same time, we are committed to keeping you fully informed as to the legal pros and cons of each significant aspect of any financial transaction. The firm’s professionals are skilled at accredited investor private placement work where the mix of ownership and investors’ goals is frequently divergent.

Sandberg Phoenix’ corporate governance and finance clients have included local and national manufacturers, distributors and other service providers in a range of industries. Our attorneys pay close attention to each of our client’s aims and aspirations. We are deeply committed to a belief that lawyers who believe most strongly in their clients’ potential are the ones best positioned to help them realize it.


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