business transactions and counseling

Services Provided

Business Formation and Organization

We advise regarding business formation and structuring of various types of entities. Assist with ongoing maintenance of organizational documents and advise regarding changes in the law and the impact of those changes on the organization.

  • Advise public, private or family owned businesses in the formation and structuring of their organization
  • Organize new companies such as corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
  • Form and advise non-profit organizations
  • Form and advise cooperatives
  • Assist with the ongoing maintenance of an organization such as filing reports, drafting minutes of annual meetings and special meetings, preparing notices and proxies, and amending and restating organizational documents
  • Advise regarding changes in the law and the impact of those changes on the organization

Business Transactions and Contracts

We advise and draft commercial contracts such as non-disclosure agreements, licenses, leases, intellectual property licenses, independent contractor agreements, distribution agreements, supply agreements, purchase contracts and credit agreements.

Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Law

Advise franchisees on the development of franchise systems, including:

  • Drafting franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents
  • Assisting franchisees with franchise registration
  • Serving as local counsel for national, regional and local franchisees
  • Representing franchisees with evaluating and negotiating franchise agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating trademark licenses, distribution agreements and software licenses
  • Counseling and protecting trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents

Stock and Equity Holders

Advise regarding shareholder agreements, shareholder disputes, assisting with stock issuance and transfer and redemption agreements.    


We advise on a variety of tax matters, including: tax planning considerations in selecting the form of entity, tax advice for joint ventures and partnerships, tax planning to design incentive compensation and benefit plans, tax advice and entity formation to restructure business operations in anticipation of a merger or acquisition and advice regarding the tax effects of transactions and sales.

Renewable Energy

Advise regarding renewable energy development, including wind energy agreements totaling over 2,500 MW of wind power. Assist with and advise regarding wind easements and leases, project financing for ethanol plants and other facilities and assist with due diligence in the development of wind farms and ethanol plants.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We represent clients in all stages of mergers and acquisitions, including structuring leveraged buy-outs and reverse mergers, negotiating and drafting stock purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements, structuring transactions to optimize tax consequences and structuring transactions for family and closely held businesses to optimize estate planning objectives.

Banking Transactions

We assist with secured and unsecured borrowings, structured finance transactions in the renewable energy, agricultural and industrial sectors of the economy and assist with public finance transactions, including tax-exempt bond financing.


Assisting with secured transactions, debt restructuring, bankruptcy matters and structuring asset protection planning.

Corporate Finance and Securities Law

We assist with private placement offerings, mezzanine financing, venture capital and counsel regarding angel investors.

Fiduciary Duties

Advice regarding corporate and business law and the effect of changes in the law on all stakeholders in the organization and advise regarding corporate governance issues, including fiduciary duties of directors, partners and members.

A Wealth of Experience

Our experienced attorneys are equipped to handle all of your business law needs. We care about our clients and provide personal attention to every matter.

Our business attorneys bring a team approach to business needs by collaborating with other practice groups including:

Additional Resources

Presentation Library

Download past presentations and view on-demand videos.

If you have questions regarding our business law practice, please email or call us in Cedar Rapids at (319) 366-7641 or in Coralville at (319) 354-1019.