Business Advisors Who Happen To Be Lawyers GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES “General Counsel Services,” also known as GC, outsourced or part-time General Counsel services, involve a private practitioner who performs the services of a General Counsel for a number of companies on a contract basis, and not as an employee. The fees and hourly rates for such legal services are much lower than those of comparable outside leveraged law firms, as much as 40% – 60% lower. MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS Mergers & Acquisitions is an exciting and dynamic space in which to be. For many business owners, selling their company, merging with another company, or purchasing a business can be quite a thrilling (and hectic) process and one in which you want a good business attorney representing you. While the goal of any mergers and acquisitions transaction is to generate value, it can also be fraught with pitfalls. The purpose of a good business attorney is to help the business owner navigate the merger and acquisition landscape to maximize value and outcomes at the same time reducing risks and obstacles INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY The concept of ownership is the bedrock upon which modern society is built. Its roots go back many millennia to the earliest human societies. Aristotle, for example, saw private ownership of property as the only way to allow people to reap the rewards of their own labor. Ownership undergirds everything in our current capitalist socio-economic society, including the concepts of money, trade, debt, theft, and private versus public property. CONTRACT LAW Contracts are, in their most distilled form, an enforceable agreement between parties to do as they say they will do. In essence, it is a form of ensuring truth-telling and cooperation. Without this essential trust-building mechanism for incentivizing and enforcing promises and agreements, the velocity and scale of human cooperation could never have built the societies we live in today. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Corporate governance balances the sometimes conflicting interests of a variety of relevant stakeholders including consumers, shareholders, management, suppliers, partners, financiers, governments, and the communities in which they operate. When one or more of these stakeholders are ignored or overruled, scandals or bitter conflicts can emerge. EMPLOYMENT LAW Employment law is often viewed in the business community as another set of regulatory hurdles that must be overcome. Fines and legal actions resulting from noncompliance can sink a business that gets caught intentionally or unintentionally skirting labor laws. The expense for managing compliance is one that should be factored into a business’s budget since it impacts a company’s bottom line.