Business Law

Privately Held Businesses

Privately held companies have many of the same needs as other kinds of businesses. However, they also have unique requirements that range from financing to succession, tax, and estate planning. For many years, Quarles & Brady has had a group of attorneys who spend the majority of their time representing these businesses. With an emphasis on individual attention and service, members of the group focus on both the normal and special needs of private enterprises and their owners.

In doing so, we are used to wearing many hats and understand that clients frequently look to us to serve as a sounding board on business and family, as well as legal matters. We make it a point to obtain a thorough working knowledge of our clients’ day-to-day business practices, industries, and organizations, which is so critical to effective representation. We also bring broad experience in corporate, tax, estate planning, real estate, and general business law.

Our Clients

From multimillion-dollar enterprises to smaller, family businesses to entrepreneurial start ups, the firm's Privately Held Business Practice Group helps clients achieve their goals and solve problems — creatively, effectively, and efficiently.

Our Practice

  • planning and forming new businesses
  • structuring relationships among owners and management
  • advising and assisting management on day-to-day operational and business matters
  • planning and coordinating reorganizations, restructurings, and recapitalizations
  • advising on executive compensation plans and arrangements;
  • advising on management and shareholder legal issues;
  • tax, estate, and gift planning
  • shareholder matters, including stock restriction agreements and buy/sell agreements
  • serving as outside general counsel