We provide wide-ranging business, corporate, and commercial legal advice that will help you structure, manage, and grow your business. Our multidisciplinary group has knowledgeable business lawyers who represent a wide range of disciplines including mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate, estate planning, healthcare, litigation, labor and public finance, among others. Many firms provide corporate and business services on a deal-by-deal basis. We work with you as true business counselors as your company progresses from formation, through expansion, to maturity. This holistic approach often provides a better outcome at a lower cost.
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Entity Formation and Tax Planning - Choosing the right business entity form to minimize taxes is the foundation of business tax planning, and our tax lawyers are second to none among Arkansas law firms in their ability to advise your company. Lawyers from our firm wrote the Arkansas Limited Liability Company Act (also called the Small Business Entity Tax Pass-Through Act) in the 1990s, and we fully understand how its provisions apply to your business interests. We help you evaluate whether a limited liability company (LLC) or partnership (LLP), an S Corporation, C Corporation, or some other vehicle is the best way for you to meet your growth and financing needs while maximizing tax advantages, then help you create the appropriate management and organizational structure.
We also offer you sophisticated solutions for complex tax challenges in structuring like-kind exchanges (forward and reverse), tax-efficient real estate transactions, and tax-free reorganizations.
Commercial Finance - Friday, Eldredge & Clark knows how to structure commercial finance deals. Our lawyers work with lenders, issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers, and servicers on innovative transactions, as well as routine financings where controlling costs, is essential. When public or private companies of all sizes look for new financing sources, we help them obtain the capital market access they need. Our lawyers have handled numerous debt and equity financing and are typically involved in every phase of capital raising transactions. We also represent underwriters and placement agents in these financings.
Securities - We work with clients of all sizes on a variety of financing capital markets transactions. We make sure that any equity or debt offering is appropriate for your overall capital structure. We can handle all phases of an offering for your company including due diligence, preparation of offering materials, structuring the offering terms and regulatory compliance.
You can also rely on our assistance with a wide range of private finance transactions. Our relationships with major regional commercial and investment banks, as well as venture capital and private equity investors give us the platform for which to do complex and tax-sensitive financings. No private financing issue is too specialized for us to handle.
Mergers and Acquisitions - We represent buyers and sellers in a variety of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Our lawyers will help you with the structuring, negotiation, documentation, and closing of the deal, using our firm’s full resources for everything from due diligence and tax-efficient deal structures, to financing and antitrust approval, to due diligence of employee benefits and non-compete agreements in the acquired entity. Whether your organization is a multinational corporation, a publicly or privately owned business entity, a not-for-profit organization, or an investment firm, we have handled transactions for companies in a variety of business sectors, including banking, broadcasting, retail, manufacturing, technology and healthcare.
Real Estate - Our real estate work covers a broad range of transactions, regulatory advice, and litigation—from routine purchase agreements to complicated and sophisticated commercial, corporate, tax, and environmental work. We provide clients with practical advice and creative solutions, whether they are buying, selling, leasing, or operating real property in both Arkansas and multi-state transactions. Whether you are a developer, builder, owner, or lender, you know that each real estate transaction involves its own challenges and opportunities. That’s why our firm has developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary real estate practice with the highest ranking from the respected Chambers and Partners USA, which describes us as “a leader for real estate work” with “broad sector expertise.”
Contracts and Commercial Litigation - We work directly with the senior management and in-house counsel of public and private companies to anticipate and prevent problems, manage risks, and eliminate obstacles to growth by ensuring effective drafting and fulfillment of agreements and contracts. That includes licensing and joint venture arrangements, as well as franchising and distribution relationships. When allegations of fraud and misrepresentation create contract problems, you can depend on our help to identify appropriate responses and remedies. Whether the issue is inaccurate disclosure of financial information, negotiation of terms in bad faith, or theft of trade secrets and infringement of intellectual property rights, you get the full range of remedies available — from resolution under the Uniform Commercial Code to a temporary injunction or pursuit of tort claims through litigation.
Focused on our Team
We work collaboratively among legal disciplines as your needs dictate, applying practical business knowledge, including advice from lawyers who have been Certified Public Accountants and who hold a Masters of Law Taxation Degree. Our goal is to provide you with solid advice and personal service in the following areas of focus.
Many of our attorneys have been recognized by ranking companies Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers and Partners.
"I have the utmost respect and confidence in the firm. I find its strength to be the people it has on staff."
- Chambers USA 2019