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Business Succession Opportunities After Tax Reform

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Business owners have long struggled with transferring ownership of closely held businesses to younger generations. Intergenerational transfers are challenging. Only 10% of businesses survive the 3rd generation. Commentators...more

When a Law Firm Grows Up-Five Steps to Maturing Well

by Hayse LLC on

Sometimes it is as simple as two lawyers acting on obvious synergies and a law firm is born. Once the firm is birthed, the days are heady ones as basic startup chores are mixed with the never-ending pursuit of clients, doing...more

Watch the Calendar When Considering Claims in Connection With a Family-Owned Business

by Murtha Cullina on

Shareholders of family-owned businesses sometimes assert claims of misconduct against their co-owner relatives. These claims can take the form of oral complaints or written claim letters. ...more

Getting Ahead of the Game-Four Thoughts About Operating Successfully in Today’s Market

by Hayse LLC on

Every year about this time some of the major research and analytic minds focused on the legal services industry publish their annual reports or studies. Citi Private Bank/Hildebrandt Consulting LLC’s Client Advisory was...more

Failing Strategies and Law Firm Success

by Hayse LLC on

I recently finished a review of the 2018 version of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Report on the State of the Legal Market. Although the report contains numerous quantitative facts reflecting continued struggles for...more

Five Steps for Preparing Your Law Firm for a Great Future

by Hayse LLC on

Predicting the future of the legal services industry is no easy task. The complexity of its landscape makes divining next year, let alone the coming years, difficult. Prophesying about the future, however, is not simply an...more

[Webinar] Outlook 2018: How companies are addressing hot-button shareholder issues and winning approval - January 18th, 1:00pm ET

by Hogan Lovells on

In conjunction with the Equilar report, Corporate Governance Outlook 2018, featuring commentary by Hogan Lovells and Donnelley Financial Solutions, this webinar will explore upcoming trends for the 2018 proxy season and...more

Considering A Merger? 10 Questions to Answer First

by Hayse LLC on

Merger has continued to be a strategic choice for many law firms. The below graphic, drawn from Altman Weil’s Merger Line data, reflects the increasing frequency of announced law firm combinations....more

She’s Right for the Job – Women in Family Business

Family businesses are increasingly encouraging women. Of family businesses surveyed, almost 60 percent have women in top management positions and over 30 percent list a female as the next successor. These important statistics...more

Emergency Succession: Lessons from Nick Saban and Dabo Sweeney

I was recently discussing emergency succession planning with my friend John Howe, CEO of American Pipe and Supply. Okay, actually we were talking about football over a couple of beers. John is a Clemson grad and a big fan of...more

The NLRB’s General Counsel Rescinds, Revokes and Questions

On December 1, 2017, two weeks after being sworn in, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued his first GC Memorandum. When the General Counsel’s office changes hands from one party to the other, some disruption is expected....more

Transitions in the Family Business, Part III: A Successful Sale

This post is Part III in a three-part series summarizing and exploring Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders, a recent event for family-owned-business leaders that...more

Transitions in the Family Business, Part II: An Outside Perspective

This post is Part II in a three-part series summarizing and exploring Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders, a recent event for family-owned-business leaders that Bradley’s...more

Proposed Regulations Issued Implementing Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplemental Contribution

In an earlier post, we reported on the passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid...more

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

by Ruder Ware on

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness? I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their...more

Transitions in the Family Business, Part I: Caring for the Goose

Last week, Bradley’s Family Business Advocates team co-hosted Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders with Warren Averett. ...more

Closely Held Businesses: You Make the Plan, or a Plan Will Be Made For You

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Who is the Better Planner for Your Affairs: You or the State? Planning for succession of a closely held business is a lot like making a will. An individual has the opportunity to make a will which directs how the...more

Should a Family Business Consider an IPO as an Exit Strategy?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There are a multitude of ways to realize ownership transition–some simple, some complex, some a safe bet and some full of risks. For the ambitious, successful family-owned company that wants to make it to the big leagues, an...more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Business Planning Alert: "Selling a Business? Be Sure Your Financial House is in Order"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

When an investor makes a decision to buy a business, the focus in almost every instance is on the business's future financial performance. Accordingly, an owner who has decided to sell a business must ensure that the...more

Succession Lessons from The Crown

Leadership transition from parent to child in a family-owned business is challenging. I noted a few factors in the successful, though difficult, transition portrayed in The Crown that may be helpful in your own “kingdom.”...more

Mom Let You Grow up to be a Cowhand, Now What? – Legacy Planning in Agricultural Industries

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A typical family-run ranch or farm may look like this: grandparents still own and collect rent on the majority of land, parents serve as CEOs, and the third generation works the land as general managers while raising the...more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

Definitions in Shareholder Agreements Matter When Transferring Family-Owned Business Stock

by Murtha Cullina on

Owners of family-owned corporations often enter into shareholder agreements that spell out whether and to whom corporate shares can be transferred. Frequently, these agreements provide for rights of first refusal by the other...more

9 Legal Questions Every Small Business Owner Should Ask

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a small business owner, you wear multiple hats. Making sure your business is compliant with laws and regulations is a top priority. These 9 legal questions every small business owner should ask will help you evaluate where...more

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