- Business Formation
- Business Planning & Strategy
- Buyouts, Conflicts and Dissolutions
- Capital Formation and Private Placement
- Corporate Governance
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Startups and Emerging Companies
- Investments - Venture Capital and Private Equity
- Majority/Minority Shareholder Rights and Minority Oppression
LICENSING AND REGULATION
HWA stays abreast of changes to help our clients navigate licensing and regulation issues to ensure you are compliant with state and federal laws. Our legal team has the expertise to anticipate challenges and be proactive in addressing any changing legal rules and business environments. We are your compliance experts.
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
During the past 40 years, HWA has participated in virtually every form of corporate transaction. We represent purchasers, sellers, lenders, and other stakeholders. Our M&A Practice will advise you on transactions locally as well as worldwide. Our goal is to keep you aware of the global business environment as well as an on-the-ground local understanding of industry- specific issues, critical legal matters, and your local markets.
HWA’s Business Planning and Strategy Practice Area combines contract law expertise with an intimate knowledge of our clients; operations to lay a solid legal foundation from which businesses can form or expand. No matter your industry, we embrace all businesses with calmness and composure. We have particular expertise in consulting agreements, employment agreements, profit sharing, purchase agreements, development agreements, and joint venture agreements.
HWA efficiently maneuvers through the web of financial and regulatory requirements of capital investment. We leverage our collective experience to structure complex intermediate financing, private placements, and other investment vehicles. From counseling on “going private” transactions to creating complex investment vehicles, we are experts who understand the most complex private equity deals as well as the smaller investment platforms.
HWA has extensive experience in reviewing and advising our clients on franchise ventures. Often, franchise-related documentation is comprised of complex agreements between a small operator and a large corporation. Whatever the industry or size of the deal, we will guide you through any unsettled or overly complicated transactions.
STRUCTURED AND PROJECT FINANCE
HWA advises and represents developers, project owners, lenders, and individual and institutional investors. We understand that both small and large-scale projects can confront a wide range of challenges, from: structuring and financing issues, government regulations, construction, feedstock, offtake, and other contractual issues; local law coordination, etc. You can depend on the experience of our attorneys on our Business Planning and Strategy Practice team as ongoing resources before and after a closing.
HWA provides our clients with a solid understanding of every new type of legal entity, their benefits, and downsides. We will explore with you issues from management to control as well as exit strategies, financing and, maximizing tax advantages. Our team is always looking for flexibility and scalability so your business is well structured now and in the future. Our advisory- client focus is comforting when looking for business formation counsel.
REORGANIZATION AND RECAPITALIZATION
HWA has extensive experience in reorganizing and recapitalizing struggling businesses to help them raise capital, improve cash flow, and ease debt pressures. Businesses restructure for any number of reasons, from ownership change, declines in revenue or increase in certain expenses, or long term debt interest rates. No matter why you need to restructure or reorganize, our team of experts are here 24/7 to help you transition and adjust.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP)
HWA provides up-to-date guidance to our clients on the laws, regulations, and judicial decisions that affect the ownership, transfer, and sharing of intellectual property rights. We offer a wide range of legal services for the acquisition, commercialization, and enforcement of intellectual property and technology assets, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and data privacy and security.
BUYOUTS, CONFLICTS, AND DISSOLUTIONS
HWA attorneys work with our clients to resolve disagreements among business partners in a pragmatic and focused way. Partnerships can be just like a marriage, where partners drift in opposite directions. When that happens, conflicts often arise. Our team of experts understand your reputation is on the line and are geared to help you resolve your buyout, conflict, and/or dissolution as quickly and painlessly as possible.