Corporate Law

In many small, closely-held companies – where executives, officers, and directors are the only employees – employment law and corporate law frequently overlap. Thus, in addition to counseling clients on traditional labor and employment laws, Peters & Kappenman also advises small businesses on related corporate issues. Our attorneys counsel companies and their owners on issues spanning the business lifecycle – from formation, through growth, and (if necessary) into dissolution – on the following matters, and more:

  • Business formation and entity selection
  • Articles of Incorporation and bylaws
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Issuing, purchasing and selling stock
  • Executive compensation
  • Corporate governance
  • Asset purchases and sales
  • Business expansion
  • Double-breasting
  • Corporate transactions and commercial contracts
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business succession
  • Plant closings
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Corporate restructures and dissolutions

The starting point for every business is choice of entity structure. This decision sets the framework of the company and can have substantial legal and tax implications. We help clients decide whether to operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability corporation. For clients that work on union and non-union projects, we help evaluate the costs and benefits of running a double-breasted operation. We guide our clients through the selection process by learning the client’s business, objectives, and vision for the future, using our legal knowledge to help the client select a structure that best suits its current needs and future trajectory.

Our client services do not end when the company is established – they begin. Peters & Kappenman partners with clients as they evolve, helping them grow their businesses and navigate through decisions relating to expansion, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, stock issuances and purchases, employee benefits, and executive compensation. And if the time ever comes to sell or wind down the business, we can help with succession planning, restructuring, dissolution, and shareholder disputes.

We welcome you to learn more about all of our legal services for employers. Contact Peters & Kappenman for additional information about our corporate law practice.