Lawyers in Gould & Ratner’s Telecommunications, Digital Media and Technology Industry Practice have significant experience with and understanding of these complex arenas. We try to cut through all of the red tape, navigate around needless distractions and offer clients practical solutions to their business needs.
As business lawyers, we act as business persons as well as lawyers, trying not to allow legal concerns overwhelm an important business goal. We synthesize and harmonize the legal aspects of a matter with both the practical realities of the situation at hand and the longer term strategic dimensions and their implications.
Our team members have considerable background and experience in the legal disciplines necessary for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors in the telecom, digital media and technology space. This specialized industry knowledge, coupled with our vast knowledge of and experience with the inner workings of the debt and equity capital markets, and the ability to effectively structure and negotiate transactions, has opened doors for our clients seeking capital infusion, joint venture partners or acquisition opportunities.
Many of our clients retain us as their general counsel, where we provide a 360-degree holistic approach to dealing their often specialized business law needs, including:
Additionally, our interdisciplinary team routinely helps clients with more general legal and business needs, including:
Entity Formation: Advising on the selection of the right type of entity from a tax, growth, financing, management compensation and ultimately exit standpoint.
Financing: Negotiating venture capital, senior secured through junior unsecured debt, leveraged buyouts, guarantees, leveraged and unleveraged leases, and private placements.
Inter-Owner Relations: Structuring agreements and handling dispute resolution among shareholders, members and partners.
Employment Law, Human Resources Counseling and Training: Structuring employment agreements, stock options and other employee incentives, pension and profit sharing agreements, independent contractor agreements, hiring and termination issues, non-competition agreements, union issues, and supervisory and anti-harassment training.
Structural and Organic Changes: Negotiating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and divestitures of businesses.
Third-Party Agreements: Structuring contracts with customers, vendors, distributors, sales agents, licensees, and landlords.
Protection of Intellectual Property and Valuable Intangible Assets: Protecting trademarks and trade secrets, licensing of patents and trademarks, and computer software and franchising.
Dispute Resolution: Handling litigation, mediation, negotiation and settlement of contested matters.
Reorganizations: Negotiating workouts, bankruptcies and other types of reorganizations (from either a creditor or debtor position).