Corporate and Business Transactions

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has extensive and diverse experience in applying its legal knowledge and resources to “real world” business issues and situations for our business clients, which include entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium sized companies, non-profits, and large corporations including Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s approach is to understand the particular needs and problems of the clients, and develop creative strategies to meet our clients’ goals and objectives within the permissible bounds of the increasingly complex regulatory environment faced by business today. We strive to address the needs of our business clients in a prompt and professional manner and provide education and counseling to avoid potential legal problems before they occur.

The firm also represents both individual and corporate taxpayers in federal and state matters. Our tax practice works closely with other areas of our business practice to assist our clients in maximizing tax-savings opportunities.

Corporate:

Our corporate legal services include:

  • The selection and creation of appropriate business entities;
  • Analysis, negotiation and drafting of all types of contracts;
  • The sale, acquisition and merger of businesses and related financing;
  • Protection and licensing of proprietary information, intellectual property and trade secrets;
  • Executive compensation and benefits;
  • Review of company policies and procedures for federal and state regulatory compliance including representation before regulatory agencies;.
  • Representing both lenders and borrowers in commercial financial transactions;
  • Representing buyers, sellers, developers, lenders and investors in real estate transactions; and
  • Mediation, arbitration and litigation of commercial disputes.

Tax:

The areas of our practice include:

  • Tax planning for business organizations including formation, operations, financing, liquidations, and transactional tax planning for taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • Compensation planning, including design and administration of tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, ESOP, non-qualified deferred compensation, stock options, and fringe benefits plans;
  • Tax planning for tax-exempt organizations, including formation, obtaining and maintaining tax exemption, unrelated business income, transactions with taxable organizations;
  • Tax planning for investments in and dispositions of real estate; and
  • Federal and State tax planning, including corporate excise tax and estate and gift taxes.

If you have specific questions regarding our Corporate and Business Transactions practice's capabilities, please contact:

(617) 479-5000

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