Photo 1: Wall St. east from Nassau St., Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-107038, 1911.

Photo 2: New York Stock Exchange, Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress LC-HS503- 4036, between 1980 and 1990.

Service Details

Corporate and Commercial Transactions

Manning & Kass assists businesses nationwide with a wide variety of services covering virtually the entire corporate spectrum, with particular emphasis on corporate formation and maintenance, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. Our Corporate and Commercial Transactions Team is led by Anthony J. Ellrod, who has been honored as a 2009–2011 Super Lawyer in the Corporate Counsel Edition.

We counsel clients in the formation and maintenance of legal entities such as:
    • corporations;
    • franchises;
    • limited liability companies;
    • partnerships and limited liability partnerships; and
    • 501(c) organizations.

Our corporate maintenance services also include:
    • annual statements of information and minutes;
    • employment agreements;
    • insurance counseling;
    • operations and compliance counseling;
    • preparation of stock option and stock bonus plans; and
    • risk management.

In mergers and acquisitions, we can assist with:
    • acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries, divisions and other assets;
    • complex licensing and asset-sharing arrangements;
    • joint ventures;
    • leveraged buyouts;
    • strategic alliances; and
    • tender and exchange offers, among more.

In commercial transactions and negotiations, we are uniquely qualified to determine which provisions are likely to draw litigation, because most of our team started their careers as litigators. Related general services include:
    • registration and protection of intellectual property;
    • review, negotiation, and drafting of
        - leases,
        - real property,
        - and asset purchase agreements;
    • review, negotiation, and drafting of
        - loan,
        - finance,
        - and related documents;
    • negotiation and drafting of
        - distribution agreements,
        - license agreements,
        - and other contracts.

Team members frequently act as corporate counsel for small to mid-size business, and, as such, are sensitive to not only the legal issues confronting our clients, but business considerations that influence strategy.