Transactions and Contracts

Business Entity Formation and Structuring

PackardDierking assists clients with forming various types of business entities, including limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations. We offer our clients knowledgeable counsel about their options for structuring business investments, and assist them in selecting the best structure for their enterprise.

We have extensive experience structuring entities for real estate development projects, taking into account the unique needs of developers and their equity investors.

We often work with our clients to develop the agreements that govern the ownership of business entities, such as shareholders' agreements, partnership agreements, operating agreements for limited liability companies and buy/sell contracts among owners.

Governance and Operations

We frequently advise the governing board and executives of business entities to help them reach creative solutions to legal and business issues and allow the business to function smoothly.

We also advise individual board members, directors, and officers regarding the scope of their duties and obligations with respect to the businesses with which they are associated.

Contracts

One of our core practice areas focuses on negotiating and drafting of business contracts and related business law matters, such as the purchase and sale of businesses or their assets and the due diligence process. We frequently counsel clients on non-compete agreements, financing agreements, security interests under the Uniform Commercial Code, professional services contracts, confidentiality agreements, vendor agreements, and other business transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We frequently provide expertise in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of ownership positions in business entities and acquisitions and sales of business assets, from relatively small family enterprises to major transactions. Recognizing that your needs vary with the size of your deal and your business goals, we tailor our role to meet your needs and preferences, applying a practical perspective to our role as your business attorneys.

Commercializing Intellectual Property & Technology

Often our clients invent devices, write software, or create business concepts that become valuable. We assist those clients with trademark and service mark registration in the U.S. and overseas, and with licensing or other transactions to commercialize various forms of intellectual property and technology.

Manufacturing, Distribution, Agency, and Vendor Agreements

PackardDierking regularly represents clients at various levels of the distribution chain with negotiating and preparing crucial business agreements. Those may include manufacturing agreements, domestic and international distributor agreements, purchase orders, agency agreements, warranties, licenses, bailment agreements, and transportation documents.

Financing & Uniform Commercial Code

Our experienced lawyers assist clients with asset-based financing, whether using personal property and accounts receivable or a single asset, such as a large piece of equipment, as security. We also assist clients with financing in the form of capital leases of equipment.