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Business Formations and Operating Agreements

Whether you are forming a new business, or your business is looking to take new steps, these changes can be life-altering, both for you and your business. Our firm offers advice and other legal services to owners and senior management of startup businesses, companies expanding to the Palmetto State, and established companies.

We offer legal services for every stage of the business lifecycle, starting with new business formations. If you are starting a new enterprise to conduct business or to hold investment property, a key early decision will be determining what type of business entity constitutes the best vehicle through which to conduct the enterprise  – for example, a S corporation, C corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, professional corporation, or general partnership. Each option can have differing consequences in areas such as tax, governance, accounting complexity, and owner liability. The type of business entity you select, and the care with which your organizing documents are drawn, can greatly affect your venture’s flexibility and your exposure to personal liability. It is also prudent for any business entity with more than one owner to have control arrangements in place beyond the default provisions established in the business formation statutes.

Let our skilled and experienced South Carolina business attorneys work closely with you and your tax counsel, accountants, and other professional advisors to analyze fully the pertinent business, tax, and legal implications and to help you choose the best option.

We handle a wide variety of legal needs for your new or existing business, including:

  • Pre-incorporation Services
  • Reservation of Corporate Name Prior to Business Formation
  • Bylaws and Corporate Resolutions
  • Operating Agreements
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Domestications and Conversions
  • Provisions for Avoiding or Resolving Owner Deadlock
  • Subscription and Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Stock Repurchases
  • Securities Issues
  • Changes to Corporate Name, Corporate Office, or Registered Agent
  • Voting Trusts and Shareholder Voting Agreements
  • Shareholder Management Agreements
  • Employment Contracts for Key Employees and Managers
  • Dissolution and Winding Up
  • Arbitration Agreements Involving Corporate Disputes
  • Administrative and Regulatory Matters
  • And more

If your business is already underway and weighing new transactions -- buying or selling some or all of current operations, mergers or acquisitions, or change in corporate form -- you can make your decisions better-informed, and your business more efficient and profitable. Regardless of what stage your business may be at -- forming a new one, modifying an existing one, or looking to dissolve your entity -- our experienced business lawyers can help you through every phase.


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Charleston, S.C. 29401
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