Business & Finance

Since its formation, Much Shelist has placed high value on entrepreneurship and a businesslike approach to the practice of law. Drawing on our own experience as business owners, our extensive knowledge of the law, and our broad network of business and financial contacts throughout the Midwest and nationally, we act as full-spectrum advisors to our clients. We are more than mere counsel—we are business partners in the very best sense.

The Business & Finance practice group at Much Shelist provides a full range of general corporate legal counsel. We help clients address ongoing business demands, including day-to-day operations, fiscal management, growth strategies, tax planning and competitive positioning, and work with them to identify and leverage emerging opportunities. As businesses mature, we provide guidance on appropriate exit strategies and transition planning. Our attorneys frequently act as general counsel and advisors to companies, handling both routine matters and significant transactions.

We advise and consult with clients on virtually every aspect of their businesses, including formation; contracts and negotiations; mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures; loans and other commercial lending arrangements; corporate finance and securities; licensing, franchise and distribution matters; estate planning and succession; intellectual property protection (including patent, copyright and trademark filings); employee issues; union negotiations; and employee benefits. Our Business & Finance attorneys will often work with firm attorneys in other practice areas—such as Labor & Employment, Wealth Transfer & Succession Planning, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, and Creditors' Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy—in order to provide clients with coordinated, seamless legal and business solutions.

We also counsel emerging growth companies in choosing the appropriate form of entity, obtaining early stage and growth financing, protecting their intellectual property and other intangible assets, and devising employment plans to attract and retain the highest-quality talent.

We represent a broad range of clients, including manufacturers, retailers, service providers, suppliers, banks and investors that, taken together, are typical of the region's economy. We provide counsel in the following areas:

Commercial Finance

Corporate Governance & Corporate Law

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Entertainment & New Media Law

Environmental, Regulatory & Redevelopment Law

Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships

Mergers & Acquisitions

Private Equity & Venture Capital

Securities & Corporate Finance

Tax Law & Planning