Business, Corporate and Tax

Overview

Ervin Cohen & Jessup’s Business, Corporate and Tax Law Department advises clients in a broad range of organizational, business, financial and operational matters. In crafting workable, creative solutions to fit our clients’ needs, we apply not just sophisticated legal acumen, but also business judgment developed through years of experience. We guide our clients through all stages of their business growth, from start-up and early-stage businesses into middle market and larger companies and, finally, into succession planning and exit strategies.

Our business and corporate attorneys have established themselves as trusted advisors who guide their clients through complex circumstances by finding solutions that reduce risk while maximizing business opportunities. We provide a full spectrum of business law-related service, including:

  • General business law, including acting as outside general counsel
  • Structuring entities and corporate governance
  • Contracts, licensing, joint ventures and other agreements
  • Mergers & acquisitions, both acquiring and selling businesses
  • Internet, digital media and other technology matters
  • Establishing and protecting intellectual property rights
  • Executive compensation
  • Corporate finance
  • Federal and state securities law compliance

ECJ has also long been recognized as a leader in the tax field. Our tax attorneys simplify the highly complex, and sometimes conflicting, tax laws at the federal, state and local levels. We help clients maximize the return on their investments through partnership, corporate, international and individual income tax planning, and fight to protect our clients’ money when there are tax controversies. ECJ’s sophisticated tax law-related services include:

  • Tax analysis and structuring of transactions, including choice of entity, asset vs. stock purchases, tax-free asset monetizations, Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Business Stock
  • Tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations
  • Tax planning for settlements and judgements and payment of attorneys’ fees
  • Executive Compensation, including equity compensation and nonqualified deferred compensation plans
  • Tax aspects of real estate development, sales, tax-deferred (Section 1031) exchanges, acquisitions, financing and leasing
  • Inbound and outbound foreign investment
  • Private equity and hedge fund tax planning and structuring
  • Tax planning for bankruptcy reorganization and other insolvency proceedings
  • Charitable giving and tax-exempt activities, including private foundations
  • California state and local tax issues, including real and personal property taxes, sales and use taxes, income and franchise taxes, business license taxes and unitary tax issues

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