Corporate and Commercial Transactions

Manning Kass assists businesses nationwide with a wide variety of services covering virtually the entire corporate spectrum, with particular emphasis on corporate formation and maintenance, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. Our Corporate and Commercial Transactions team is led by Anthony J. Ellrod, who has been honored as a 2005–2010 and 2016–2024 Super Lawyer.

We counsel clients in the formation and maintenance of legal entities such as:

  • Corporations
  • Franchises
  • Limited liability companies
  • Partnerships and limited liability partnerships
  • 501(c) organizations

Our corporate maintenance services also include:

  • Annual statements of information and minutes
  • Employment agreements
  • Insurance counseling
  • Operations and compliance counseling
  • Preparation of stock option and stock bonus plans
  • Risk management.

In mergers and acquisitions, we can assist with:

  • Acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries, divisions and other assets
  • Complex licensing and asset-sharing arrangements
  • Joint ventures
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Strategic alliances
  • Tender and exchange offers

In commercial transactions and negotiations, we are uniquely qualified to determine which provisions are likely to draw litigation, because most of our team started their careers as litigators. Related general services include:

  • Registration and protection of intellectual property
  • Review, negotiation, and drafting of:
    • Leases
    • Real property
    • Asset purchase agreements
  • Review, negotiation, and drafting of:
    • Loan
    • Finance
    • Related documents
  • Negotiation and drafting of:
    • Distribution agreements
    • License agreements

Team members frequently act as corporate counsel for small to mid-size businesses, and, as such, are sensitive to not only the legal issues confronting our clients but business considerations that influence strategy.