San Francisco Tax Attorney: Legal Services
Corporate & Business Transactions
Our firm offers a comprehensive general business practice focused primarily on the representation of entrepreneurs and private companies. We represent founders in either the start-up phase or during the early rounds of funding. We also represent family businesses. We see ourselves as not just attorneys but as business advisors who can sit with entrepreneurs and advise them about the unique set of challenges facing their particular business. We work directly with many successful entrepreneurs on a variety of different issues, such as company formation, obtaining financing, mergers, acquisitions, and sales. Our firm provides clients with the sophisticated expertise required by today's businesses: we council on legal matters relating to employment and labor, copyright, trademark and general intellectual property licensing, corporate governance, securities, licensing, finance and taxation.
We draw from our many years of experience in order to bring about the best possible outcome for our clients.
Corporate and Business Legal Services
Legal Entity Formations
One of the key decisions that founders of a start-up will make is the choice of entity. At GoldPoint, we advise our clients on the advantages and disadvantages of each legal entity (C-corps, S-corps, LLCs, Professional Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations and Limited Partnerships). We then choose the legal entity that best meets the specific needs of our client.
Another key aspect in the initial planning stage for a start-up is the structuring of founder stock in a manner that protects the entity’s interest while minimizing areas of conflict between the company and its founders or vendors.
We assist our clients in everything from formulating their long-term strategies to aiding them with their day-to-day organizational needs.
Once we form the appropriate legal entity, GoldPoint will file and maintain the necessary paperwork to comply with the laws in that particular state. On an ongoing basis, we will counsel businesses on the maintenance of corporate records, including board minutes, stock ledgers and other requirements. We will prepare all the required annual filings to ensure the legal entity remains in good standing.
We also facilitate clients on drafting, amending, and the implementation of entity organizational documents, such as Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, management and operating agreements, and minutes. Also we draft and enforce Founders' and Shareholders' Agreements.
Finally, we offer advice and assistance with creating and sustaining an effective board of directors.
We can draft and/or advise businesses on:
- Choice of Entity
- Stock Option Planning
- Drafting and Adopting Bylaws
- Sales and Marketing Agreements
- Acquisitions and Mergers
- Agency Agreements
- Covenants not to Compete
- Employment Contracts
- Joint Ventures
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Shareholder Agreements
- Distribution Agreements
- Property and Equipment Leases
- Financing and Investment Contracts
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our firm has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions with a variety of U.S. and international clients. We represent both acquiring and selling companies. Our expertise includes leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations, joint ventures, spin-offs, and restructurings. These transactions have ranged in size from small start-up companies to the very large well-established businesses.
GoldPoint Law Group has also separately represented many of the groups and individuals involved in merger and acquisition transactions, including Boards of Directors, officers and employees, private investors and shareholders.
In working on these transactions, we bring to bear our broad experience with respect to the various forms of reorganizations, tax matters, contract negotiations and the fiduciary obligations of corporate management. We provide services in the following areas:
- Asset Acquisitions
- Stock and Cash Mergers and Acquisitions
- Spin-offs and Other Divestitures
- Leveraged and Management Buyouts
- Recapitalizations and Reorganizations
We are also able to represent clients in acquiring assets and lines of business from companies involved in bankruptcy proceedings.