Corporate Law

Our corporate law attorneys are trusted advisors who are regularly called upon to serve as both special transactional counsel and general corporate counsel to help clients anticipate, address and resolve the day-to-day realities of today’s business climate.

The Corporate Law Practice Group provides full service legal counsel to the Firm’s corporate clients ranging from start-up entrepreneurs, family-owned and closely-held businesses, middle-market companies to institutional clients with national and international interests. We provide guidance in all stages of a client’s business life cycle, from the choice of entity to developing and implementing an exit strategy.

Tailoring our legal solutions to our clients’ unique business needs and objectives, we deliver customized strategic advice and practical assistance regarding all areas of corporate and business law. Working closely with our clients, we establish long-term relationships with an emphasis on exceptional service. Our service philosophy is to be immediately accessible, to add value to every endeavor, and to provide efficient legal advice that advances strategic objectives while protecting the bottom line. We take the time to learn each client’s business so that we can serve as an integral part of the team.

Our corporate law attorneys are seasoned professionals skilled in counseling businesses at all stages. For new businesses, we assist with and provide guidance on ownership structures, initial capitalization, buy-sell agreements, shareholder and operating agreements, corporate governance practices, employee issues, operational planning, equity compensation plans and other compensation planning. For established businesses, we provide a full range of services to meet the legal challenges of doing business locally and in the global economy

For over 90 years, we have watched our corporate clients grow from small business start-ups to established corporations competing in the international marketplace. Our corporate law attorneys understand that by providing cost-effective legal services at the early stages of a business’s growth, we are fostering a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship. This ongoing commitment to our clients is at the core of our general corporate counsel services. Corporate attorneys act as outside general counsel to a variety of entrepreneurial businesses and middle-market companies, offering custom-tailored service and personal attention.

Our Firm is dedicated to providing services that will enhance our clients’ abilities to grow and prosper. The Corporate Law Practice Group has the skills required to be effective in negotiating and consummating acquisitions or sales that are in the best interests of our clients.

The Corporate Law Practice Group has represented both buyers and sellers in a wide variety of business combination transactions, including mergers, asset purchases, stock purchases, strategic alliances, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Our corporate law attorneys assist our clients each step of the way, from the negotiation, structuring, due diligence and documentation of a deal, through the closing and post-transaction integration of acquired businesses.

We have advised clients in M&A transactions ranging in size from relatively modest transactions for family-owned businesses and early-stage companies to complex matters involving millions of dollars for large, multinational corporations.

Our M&A experience spans many industries and our attorneys offer the expertise in finance, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property and litigation matters necessary for our clients to reach their goals. We also play a major role in our clients’ acquisition financing activities, from bank or other institutional lender financing to private offerings.

As trusted business advisors to our clients, our attorneys in our Corporate Law Practice Group understand the need to be accessible and responsive. Our corporate law attorneys regularly negotiate and prepare agreements and address inquiries relating to diverse business and legal matters, including business-to-business, business-to-consumer and business-to-government/regulatory transactions.

These include:

  • supplier/vendor agreements
  • employment agreements
  • distribution agreements, licensing and technology sharing agreements
  • service agreements
  • RFPs and related proposals

Our corporate law attorneys are prepared to guide the Firm’s clients through transactions that drive their bottom lines.

Our Corporate Law Practice Group provides full-scope representation to our corporate clients as general counsel to management and directors on corporate governance, corporate law compliance and risk management.

Our corporate law attorneys have a special focus on executive severance and separation agreements. Our attorneys represent executives, compensation committees and business owners.

Employers often offer severance agreements to executives and key employees to avoid potential litigation. The agreement may include restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements and nondisclosure agreements. It is important for the employee to understand the potential benefits and repercussions of the agreement before signing the agreement. Our attorneys have extensive experience structuring severance agreements to achieve the maximum protection and a beneficial tax structure.

Our tax planning innovation facilitates deal closings instead of generating roadblocks. Our corporate law attorneys’ structure around exposures identified by due diligence, negotiate and draft appropriate contractual protections, and work to mitigate issues during the post-transaction implementation phase of each engagement. Our value-centric approach to business tax planning provides exceptionally cost-effective results. Anticipating our clients’ business growth, we devise a strategic plan uniquely tailored to lower our clients’ effective tax rates enhancing their competitive advantage. Whether buying or selling, counsel should be engaged early in the transaction process to maximize after-tax transaction value.

Business transactions often involve planning to provide for the transfer of wealth and transition of management to future generations. Our corporate and tax attorneys work closely with our clients to seamlessly integrate and structure financial, business, and personal affairs into a cohesive succession plan providing for the balanced transfer of wealth, management transition and asset protection to facilitate our clients’ next-generation businesses.

The Corporate Law Practice Group offers an extensive understanding of the unique legal needs and practical business concerns of nonprofit organizations. Our valued, long-standing clients include religious and secular not-for-profit entities engaged in various benevolent and productive activities. Our attorneys assist not-for-profit organizations in many capacities, fully recognizing the complexity and importance of issues that arise, for these types of organizations.

Our Corporate Law Practice Group has years of experience in representing clients in “corporate divorces” and other shareholder or “partner” disputes. Our attorneys often find that skillful drafting and structuring of the business owners’ relationship on the front end can avoid or minimize disputes over major decisions, or at least provide the parties with a dispute resolution roadmap for ending their relationship.

We apply our broad-based business and transactional experience to help our clients avoid these disputes, either through a restructuring of the business or, where the business divorce is inevitable, assisting our clients in negotiating an acceptable separation. When necessary, working with our commercial litigators, we collaborate to protect our clients’ interests in mediation, arbitration, and court proceedings.

With the increasing globalization of businesses, our Corporate Law Practice Group has been involved with a broad spectrum of international transactions. With the assistance of our network of foreign Primerus law firms, our business law attorneys represent both domestic clients abroad and foreign clients in the U.S.

We represent family offices with initial structuring and formation. We also assist in direct investment whether they are a “control transaction” or minority investments. We also advise limited partners, and high net worth and institutional investors in connection with their investments in private investment funds. In connection with our representation, we provide our clients with a cohesive, multi-disciplinary approach to their business, tax and investment goals.

We represent institutions, individuals, and independent sponsors with fund formation. We regularly advise on the formation of hedge funds, and private equity and venture capital investments in operating businesses and/or real estate transactions.

CEO William Barrett named to ROI-NJ’s Inaugural “Influencers in the Law” List

July 28, 2022

ROI-NJ has just announced its inaugural “Influencers in the Law” list and we are thrilled that CEO William Barrett has been named to this list. This list pulls together some of the best and brightest attorneys from business transactions to intellectual property disputes, HR issues to cyber concerns, health care challenges, and more throughout the […]

CEO William S. Barrett named to NJBIZ Power 50 in Law List for 2022

July 25, 2022

Congratulations to our CEO William Barrett, Esq. who has been named to the NJBIZ Power 50 in Law list for 2022. Bill not only serves as strategic counsel to businesses throughout the country, but he also leads Mandelbaum Barrett’s continued growth and innovation. He gives personal attention to not just his clients, but also the […]

Mandelbaum Barrett congratulates Casey Gocel, Esq. who was honored today as one of the NJBIZ Leaders in Law for 2022

May 24, 2022

William Barrett Quoted in Retire Ahead on Selling Your Small Business for Retirement

September 9, 2019

William Barrett was quoted in Retire Ahead magazine on Selling Out: How to come out ahead as a small business owner who's ready to retire. Click here to read the full article (pg. 5).

Casey Gocel Named as a Top 25 Leading Intrapreneur by Leading Women Entrepreneurs

May 30, 2019

Congratulations to Shareholder Casey Gocel who was named by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners as a Top 25 Leading Intrapreneur. Leading Women Entrepreneurs (LWE) is a networking organization that recognizes outstanding women in business. This award honors the innovators in corporate environments who support diversity efforts. Casey has helped numerous companies become Women Owned Businesses and specializes in corporate transactions and estate planning. Casey also leads the Firm's Women's Initiative and Charity Committee.

Member Casey Gocel Named to NJBIZ Top 50 Women in Business

March 26, 2019

We are proud to announce that Mandelbaum Barrett Shareholder Casey Gocel has been named by NJBIZ as one of the Top 50 Women in Business.

Corporate Practice Represented Southern Airways in Recent Acquisition of Mokulele Airlines

February 13, 2019

Mandelbaum Barrett's Corporate Practice represented Southern Airways in connection with its recent acquisition of Mokulele Airlines, a Hawaii based airline. Also in connection with this transaction, Southern Airways raised additional capital from a national airline. The deal team on this transaction included Jeffrey Wasserman, Dan Barkin and Patrick Toolan. The newly combined entity will operate 1,380 weekly flights, more than any other commuter airline in the 50 states.

CEO Bill Barrett is interviewed on American Express' Open Forum on "Winning the Endgame: How to Create an Exit Strategy"

May 14, 2018

Bill Barrett was interviewed recently for the American Express Open Forum on "Winning the Endgame: How to Create an Exit Strategy." Check out what Bill and other experts have to say about the importance of having an exit strategy BEFORE you need one!

Peter Levy Interviewed on Bloomberg Radio about Tips for Entrepreneurs

October 12, 2017

Peter A. Levy, Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Department was recently interviewed on Bloomberg Radio about Top Tips for Entrepreneurs! You can download and listen to the clip here:

Peter Levy Featured in a Patch.Com Story on Ten Tips to Launching a Successful Business

September 22, 2017

Check out what Peter A. Levy, Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group has to say about launching a successful business in this weekend's Patch!

Join us for a program on "Exit Strategies for Business Owners"

April 3, 2017

On Wednesday, May 10th Mandelbaum Barrett and Sun Business Valuations/Sun Mergers & Acquisitions will host an educational seminar on "Exit Strategies for Business Owners." This evening is for business owners who are looking to sell their business in the next 5 years or who have

Why Small Business Owners Need an Estate Plan

June 17, 2022

Running a small business can keep you busy, but it should not keep you from creating an estate plan. Not having a plan in place can cause problems for your business and your family after you are gone. While an estate plan is important for everyone, it is especially important for small business owners. Planning […]

Understanding the Bulk Sale Law

June 21, 2018

Understanding the Bulk Sale Law when buying a business in New Jersey or New York is a must. Check out our Q&A by Member Casey Gocel, Esq. LL.M. and Law Clerk Erin Barrett on this law and its impact on buying a business.