General Corporate

From business formation and expansion, venture capital and debt financing, and mergers and acquisitions, to contact negotiations, joint ventures or other complex legal business matters, Lauletta Birnbaum has developed an extensive background in business and corporate representation.

Many of our corporate law clients are technology-oriented and have built their businesses around the development of proprietary technologies and trade secrets. We are regularly retained to assist our clients in negotiating and structuring customer contacts, licensing agreements, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. Our clients typically distribute their services and products to Fortune 500, international, and large public utilities companies.

To these clients we are an integral part of their sales organization. Not only are we experienced in the sales process and able to understand the ultimate goal of getting the deal done, we also have the experience to offer creative solutions necessary to protect clients’ proprietary rights and limit their risk from unreasonable liability or loss down the road. Negotiations with large organizations making large dollar purchases require counsel that is experienced in dealing with all levels of personnel within the customer hierarchy, whether dealing with the customer’s business team, procurement department, or legal counsel.

We also help our clients develop form customer contracts, development agreements, maintenance and support agreements, terms of use, and other contracts. The goal is to make the process efficient and repeatable so that the time-line to complete a sale is minimized.

In addition, Lauletta Birnbaum has significant experience representing franchisors and franchisees, distributors and dealers. We regularly represent franchisees in acquiring and operating franchised businesses. We also assist various clients in the analysis of how to best expand established businesses, nationally and internationally, whether through franchising, joint venture and partnership arrangements or establishing distribution networks. While our corporate attorneys are experienced in the negotiation of all types of franchise, joint venture, and ancillary agreements necessary to establish these types of ventures, our litigators are experienced in regulatory compliance and enforcement, including injunction actions and prosecuting or defending breach of contract cases should a dispute arise.

Among our transactions:

  • Representation of a client’s acquisition and operation of a top 10 national real estate brokerage franchise
  • Represent a data acquisition and distribution company in all aspects of its business, from data procurement, customer sales, equity financing, and general business and employment matters
  • Represent a national distributor of construction materials and products in its negotiations with suppliers as well as buyers, including Home Depot and Lowes
  • Represent a national PR and marketing firm in all aspects of its business, including joint venture activities, sales, financing, and business and employment matters
  • Formed a joint venture between two SBA registered small businesses in support of a $50 million federal contract
  • Formed a privately held real estate investment fund that closed on several million dollars in initial investments
  • Formed an international joint venture based on a $100 million technology license in the energy field
  • Represented a mobile application developer in the spin-off of a mobile gaming company
  • Represented a spray tanning business in replicating its business model to grow the company through partnerships initially, with the ultimate goal of developing a franchise network
  • Represented a national dance school franchisor in all franchisee compliance and enforcement actions
  • Management level involvement in franchise development and site selection for a national vehicle transmission service business

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