Business/Corporate Law

The corporate and business attorneys of Strauss & Malk LLP have extensive experience advising clients on a broad spectrum of transactional activity as well as the everyday legal needs of business. Strauss & Malk’s activities include negotiating, structuring, tax planning and documenting services for: (i) individuals and entities acquiring, selling, merging and starting new business organizations; (ii) health care providers; (iii) institutional and private financing sources; and (iv) persons and companies dealing with executive and licensed professional employee issues.

Business Representation

Strauss & Malk LLP has represented many closely-held and mid-market clients in the establishment, sale, merger and acquisition of their businesses. The firm assists its clients in all aspects of establishing a business, including selecting the appropriate legal structure for tax and flexibility purposes, drafting the company’s formation and operating agreements, and aiding with negotiating and documenting the relationship and rights among the owners. In connection with forming and acquiring a business, the firm also assists its clients in acquiring space for the new business, including purchasing and leasing.

Strauss & Malk LLP also provides the everyday legal services needed and required by our clients. These services include: (i) key employee contracting and employee handbook preparation; (ii) general contracting needs with vendors, purchasers or other third parties doing business with the company; and (iii) preparation of legal content for the routinely utilized contracts and forms.

A few of the projects completed by our corporate/transactional/business law department include the following:

  • Successfully representing a client in the sale of a chemical company, doing multinational business, to a public company. This sale included the transfer of the company’s physical assets, intellectual property and commercial real estate. The law firm’s pre-closing work commenced with the negotiation and documentation of the confidentiality agreements, and continued through the structuring and documentation of the non-competition and employment agreements for the selling principals.
  • Successfully representing a client in the acquisition of the assets of a national air tool manufacturing business. A new limited liability company was established as the appropriate tax planning and working entity to acquire the assets, including machinery and intellectual property rights.
  • Providing every day consulting services to a national real estate company, including contracting with service providers (both national and local), such as telecommunications/cable television providers and laundry and vending providers. The law firm also represents both lessors and lessees in negotiating and documenting commercial leases.

Lender Representation

The firm regularly represents lending institutions with respect to commercial real estate, asset-based and professional service company lending. Strauss & Malk LLP has aided lenders in documenting and closing the following loan transactions:

  • Successfully representing the professional service department of a national lending institution in small and multi-million dollar loans to their customers for: (i) the acquisition of dental practices and medical facilities, including multi-state offices; and (ii) the acquisition of medical professional groups, office buildings for their practices and providing working capital loans.
  • Successfully representing a national lender in connection with providing both construction loan and subsequent permanent loan financing for the development of the office facilities required to operate borrower’s businesses.

We welcome you to contact Strauss & Malk LLP about our business and corporate law services. We are mainly based in Northbrook, Illinois, but also have offices in Lake Forest and Chicago.

Attorneys:  Jay Glaubinger