As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, you don’t have the luxury of bringing on an in-house counsel team to meet your legal needs. Instead of hiring full-time legal staff, you can rely on Bleakley Law LLC in Chicago. We’ll work hard for your company and provide you with the legal services and legal advice you need to succeed in the highly competitive business world.

From the moment you start your own business right down to the time you are planning your exit, you will face more situations involving business law than you may have anticipated. This is exactly where Bleakley Law LLC and our corporate attorneys come into the picture.

We recognize you may not have the in-house legal experience or knowledge necessary to handle, for example, structuring your business for future growth, bringing on a business partner or hiring a key executive, or drafting and implementing a strategic business alliance. After all, as a business owner you encounter many opportunities and have to wear many hats, and you will also face challenges from time to time. You may find yourself dealing with a shareholder dispute or a management conflict, or handling a breach of contract by a key customer or vendor. There is a lot you are figuring out as you start your new business or manage it over the years.

Here, we have the knowledge to help you and we can work with other professionals to make sure you are on the right track for your business. We strive to meet the legal needs of businesses in the Chicago area, and yours could be next. Continue reading to learn what corporate and transactional law services we cover, or contact us today for more information.

Corporate Law We Handle:

You know how to run your business. And we know how to handle the legal side of business. For example, you know you want to bring on a business partner, but you might not know how to structure a partnership to begin, continue, and eventually end smoothly and successfully. This is the exact situation where corporate attorneys like ours at Bleakley Law LLC could help. Some of the corporate law services we cover include:

  • Outside Corporate Counsel
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Management Structure
  • LLC Operating Agreements
  • Capital Calls and Capital Contributions
  • Buy-Sell Agreements and Restrictions on Transfer
  • Holding Companies and Subsidiaries
  • Allocations and Distributions to Owners
  • Ownership Structure
  • Internal Investigations
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Director and Officer Certifications
  • Business Dissolution and Liquidation
  • Partner Disputes
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Owner and Shareholder Disputes

Our lawyers will be with you throughout the process and help you make sure you are making legal business decisions that will benefit you and your business for years to come. When you work with us, we’ll help you plan, structure, negotiate, and document all of the joint ventures, partnerships, and other strategic alliances you may come across. Business and corporate law focuses on your business’s legal and operational needs so you can get the return you want when opportunity knocks.

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is the system of practices, processes, and rules that direct and control your business. Effective corporate governance analyzes and balances the interests of your company’s stakeholders, such as shareholders, management, creditors, and regulators.

Sometimes these interests compete significantly due to regulatory, fiduciary, political, communications, operational, and market factors. You are running a business and don’t necessarily have the time or know-how to balance these interests. Corporate law firms, though, have the training and knowledge necessary to judge the situation; analyze the benefits, disadvantages, and legality of it; and advise you on how to make a decision in your best interest. These decisions can sometimes be reviewed by courts or second- or triple-guessed right when they’re happening or even years later. Because of this, it’s wise to rely on a professional in the business law field.

Our team and trusted partners can — in a sensitive, professional way — perform the following tasks:

  • Director and Officer Fiduciary Duties and Indemnification
  • Member and Shareholder Rights
  • Board of Directors and Board Committees
  • Advisory Committees
  • Work with Financing Sources
  • Management Powers and Authority
  • Conduct Internal Investigations
  • Information Rights and Books and Records Requests
  • Board Meetings
  • Shareholder Meetings
  • Capital Formation and Capital Accounts
  • Dilution and Preemptive Rights
  • Corporate Resolutions and Written Consents
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Common and Preferred Ownership Interests
  • Handle Management disputes
  • Evaluate Codes of Conduct
  • Respond to and Negotiate with Securities Regulators and Enforcement Agencies
  • Advise Leadership (Boards, Committees, and Management) in Discharging Legal and Fiduciary Cuties
  • Restrictions on Transfer, Buyout, and Right of First Refusal

We’re committed to helping with partnership, buy-sell, shareholder, and operating agreements, along with fiduciary duties, committee charters, and policies and procedures. Don’t put yourself in a legally uncomfortable situation you don’t know how to handle; our corporate law firm in Chicago is here to help.

Corporate Counseling

When you need corporate counseling for your business, count on Bleakley Law LLC. We are willing to get involved and are capable of counseling our clients on many issues related to corporate governance. We counsel companies at every stage of their life cycle — from startups to growth-stage and mature companies to succession planning and owner exits. If you need other corporate counseling and are not sure if we cover it, contact our corporate law firm today.

Business Transactions

Rely on our corporate attorneys and trusted partners for preparing, negotiating, enforcing, and protecting your commercial agreements, such as the following:

  • Vendor Contracts
  • Outsourcing Agreements
  • Goods Purchase Contracts
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Capital Lease Contracts
  • Terms and Conditions of Sale
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Representative and Distributor Agreements
  • Software and Other Technology Agreements
  • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
  • Non-compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Independent Contractor and Consulting Agreements
  • Payment Processing Agreements
  • E-Commerce Transactions
  • Privacy Policies and Terms of Use
  • Contract Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Cease-and-Desist Demands
  • Contract Amendments
  • Rescission and Novation

We Can Help Your Business

We promise to work hard and deliver corporate law services you can trust. We work with businesses in a variety of industries and stages. The following are some of the businesses for whom we provide corporate and business counseling:

  • Professional Service Providers
  • Technology Companies
  • Contractors
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Financial Services Institutions
  • Holding Companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • E-Commerce
  • Private Funds
  • Management Companies
  • Service Providers
  • Investment Advisors
  • Merchandisers
  • Family Businesses
  • Parent-Subsidiary Affiliates
  • And More

Don’t delay contacting us for business law because you are unsure if we can help your business. We are happy to set up a consultation so you can meet your potential corporate attorney and get an idea of how we would handle your particular business law situation.

About Bleakley Law LLC

We understand how entrepreneurs think, and this awareness gives us a unique ability to help you. Our founder, Elizabeth Bleakley, has started several small businesses of her own, which means she understands the challenges, risks, and rewards associated with owning a business. In addition to her many years of experience as a business attorney, she has more than 10 years of management experience at national financial services companies.

Because of this deep understanding of the business and corporate world, Bleakley Law LLC is able to provide clients with practical legal counsel and to address their needs in a valuable, meaningful way.

We reliably counsel clients and provide legal analysis and advice concerning joint ventures, distribution, sales arrangements, sales representation, technology licensing, project and services outsourcing and procurement, and more. How will we help you with business law? We can also help with mergers and acquisitions; private equity and venture capital; securities law; employment law; intellectual property law; and wills, trusts, and estates, so don’t hesitate to contact our corporate attorneys today.

There is no denying that the time will arrive when you need legal counsel and help from a corporate law firm. Instead of desperately searching “What is corporate law?” and trying to figure it out on your own, rely on our trusted corporate law firm. Our attorneys and the trusted law professionals with whom we partner will be able to analyze your situation and come up with an option to balance everyone’s interests and provide the greatest value to you. 

Contact our corporate law firm in Chicago — Bleakley Law LLC — today to address your corporate law needs.