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Entity Formation

Entity Formation

Our entity formation clients reflect the growing dominance of rapidly evolving industries such as information technology, media, healthcare, life sciences, government contracting and renewable energy. All of these sectors require both legal skill and experience, but they also require a legal team capable of agility and innovation in the face of constantly changing variables — a client’s unique business cycle, respective markets, industries and economic conditions, as well as the regulatory environment.

McGuireWoods’ Entity Formation group is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers whose legal experience combines with constant teamwork. Well-practiced teams are inherently flexible and innovative, and bring the national and international resources of the firm. They also bring the exponential resources of team-member networks.
Our entity-formation lawyers offer significant depth of transaction experience — from early-stage ventures and middle-market buyouts to IPOs. We provide a full array of services and business development support to our early-stage and emerging-growth clients and venture investors. Among them are legal and consulting services in the areas of corporate, finance, IP development and commercialization, tax, employment, and intellectual property matters.

Entity Selection Liability and Tax

When starting a venture, a client faces multiple choices regarding the “architecture” of the organization — whether to form a corporation, an LLC, a partnership — and there are different tax and liability implications for each of those decisions. There is art and science to selecting the appropriate entity for a particular client.

What distinguishes McGuireWoods’ approach to entity selection is our focus on the analysis behind what type of entity to use coupled with an equal focus on planning and creating a tax-efficient structure. Our corporate lawyers work with our tax lawyers to maximize tax efficiencies.

Looking at the bigger picture also means that we bring equal experience and insight to financing. Typical financing sources such as banks and investors are used to seeing certain types of entities. In the private equity world, those entities are most often limited partnerships. Thus, knowing the most favorable strategies for obtaining appropriate financing is critical.

Business Alignment and Value

We also know the importance of aligning our service with the client’s strategic objectives. We look for opportunities to open doors for our clients, whether introducing them to potential investors, customers, partners or other service providers. McGuireWoods is equally innovative in offering flexible, predictable value billing arrangements and fee-structuring in alignment with client needs and metrics. More than 25 percent of major firm clients are working with us on the basis of one or more alternative fee arrangements.

Integrated, Forward-Looking Legal Services

 

Long-Term Relationship Focus

 

Company Structure — Corporations, partnerships and LLCs; tax planning for IP development and commercialization; conversions to new entity forms and subsidiary structures; and shareholder buy-sell agreements

Company Talent — Confidentiality, work-for-hire and noncompete agreements; equity participation plans; employment agreements; independent contractor agreements; retirement plans and employee benefits; and employee separations

Company IP — Strategy, development and commercialization; patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret protection; licensing agreements; and IP disputes

Company Finance — Friends-and-family and angel financings; mezzanine loans; SBIC and STTR grants; venture fund financings; and strategic partnering

Company Exit — Sale or merger with strategic buyer; sale to financial (private equity) buyer; joint venture; and IPO

Industry Group Focus and Domain Experience

Government Contracting — Aerospace and defense; government contract procurement; bid protests and equitable adjustment claims; costs and pricing; fraud investigation and qui tam suits, and regulations and compliance

Healthcare and Life Sciences — Healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices; providers (hospitals, physicians, surgery, nursing home and other centers), CROs and Universities, and Insurers and HMOs; healthcare IT clientele; and FDA, HIPAA, Stark and other compliance

IT, Media and Communications — IT, Internet software, SAAS; software, technology and content licensing; patents, data security, trade; secrets, privacy and IP protection; media and entertainment; and wireless, satellite and network

Private Equity and Venture Capital — Investor contacts and database; knowledge of fund investment terms; broad transaction experience, including preferred stock and bridge debt financings; exit planning and support, including mergers and acquisitions and IPOs; and alternative financing sources, including equipment financing and venture bank loans

Renewable Energy and CleanTech — Energy, technology, project Finance, regulatory and tax; green technology, project development and sustainability; carbon due diligence, self-assessment, policy analysis, rules development lobbying; credit generation and exchanges; and biomass, biofuels, solar, wind and smart grid technologies

CONTACTS

Bryce D. Jewett III Partner T: +1 804 775 1475
Bradley S Austin Bradley S. Austin
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8992
F: +1 704 373 8840
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Meggan Michelle Bushee Meggan Michelle Bushee
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2360
F: +1 704 805 5085
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Bryan P Bylica Bryan P. Bylica
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 3617
F: +1 312 698 4533
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Holly Carnell Holly Carnell
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3687
F: +1 312 698 4504
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Scott P Downing Scott P. Downing
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8910
F: +1 312 920 6126
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Ryan Giggs Ryan E. Giggs
Associate
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 713 353 6682
F: +1 832 214 9936
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Sharon Roberts Henderson Sharon Roberts Henderson
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3221
F: +1 904 360 6353
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Matt Huddle Matthew G. Huddle
Associate
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 410 659 4467
F: +1 410 659 4476
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Steven J Keeler Steven J. Keeler
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 434 977 2512
F: +1 434 980 2259
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T:+1 703 712 5138
F: +1 434 980 2259

Mark A Kromkowski Mark A. Kromkowski
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8170
F: +1 312 698 4548
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Kurt J Krueger Kurt J. Krueger
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2521
F: +1 434 980 2261
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David F Kurzawa David F. Kurzawa
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 7471
F: +1 804 698 2099
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LauraLee R Lawley LauraLee R. Lawley
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8997
F: +1 704 343 2300
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Clare McGovern Clare M. Lewis
Associate
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2530
F: +1 434 980 2256
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Lisa A Purvis Lisa A. Purvis
Counsel
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2636
F: +1 904 360 6354
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Martin B Richards Martin B. Richards
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1029
F: +1 804 698 2147
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Tom Rohman Thomas P. Rohman
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 804 775 1032
F: +1 804 698 2154
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T:+1 703 712 5339
F: +1 703 712 5050

Chris Scheurer Chris Scheurer
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2174
F: +1 704 444 8772
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Jane Whitt Sellers Jane Whitt Sellers
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 704 373 8967
F: +1 804 698 2170
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T:+1 804 775 1054
F: +1 804 698 2170

Halcyon E Skinner Halcyon E. Skinner
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2626
F: +1 904 360 6324
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Daniel K Slone Daniel K. Slone
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1041
F: +1 804 698 2175
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Christopher J Verstrate Christopher J. Verstrate
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8937
F: +1 312 920 6596
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William R Waddell William R. Waddell
Counsel
World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 757 640 3722
F: +1 757 640 3972
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T:+1 804 775 4355
F: +1 804 775 1061

H. Ramsey White III H. Ramsey White III
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 7204
F: +1 704 444 8786
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Jeffrey S Yang Jeffrey S. Yang
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8218
F: +1 310 956 3118
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