Business Law

Extensive Business Law Knowledge

All businesses are different. Whether you are a large, publicly owned company or a closely-held, family-owned business, we can assemble the right team to meet your needs.

Our KDDK attorneys familiarize themselves with each client’s business and industry to efficiently and effectively address the needs of each client.  The goal of our business team is to provide quality legal advice and achieve practical, cost-effective solutions for any challenge our clients encounter. Our seasoned attorneys have years — sometimes decades — of experience in a broad range of industries, involving many differing objectives and challenges.

Business Entity Selection and Formation

Our business team has effectively formed and currently oversees thousands of business entities.

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With this experience, our attorneys are prepared to assist clients in deciding which type of entity will be most beneficial for the long-term, strategic growth of your business, as well as for your individual goals as a business owner. Whether it is a C corporation, S corporation, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP), professional corporation (PC) or other business arrangement, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn attorneys are prepared to provide you with the strategic advice needed to establish a solid legal foundation for your business. The choice of business entity can have significant tax implications, so skilled and informed guidance on the adoption of the most appropriate operating structure for a business or organization is vital to your business’s long-term growth and success. We work closely with our clients’ accounting, marketing and sales teams to achieve the common goal of a business that achieves the highest profitability and functionality to suit your individual needs.

Business Mergers and Acquisitions

Determining whether to buy or sell a business and navigating the pitfalls of successfully closing the deal is a complicated process that requires sound legal advice from knowledgeable and experienced counsel.

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In both friendly and contested transactions, our Firm’s business team regularly guides clients through a variety of complex transactions, including the buying or selling of a business, either through stock purchase or asset purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization and succession planning for family-owned businesses. These complex transactions not only involve the decision of how to structure a transaction, but also require consideration of other factors such as tax issues and regulatory requirements.  Our business attorneys possess a wide range of experiences in areas such as finance, tax, real estate, environmental, employment and employee benefits law to provide innovative and integrated advice on the wide-array of issues that arise when structuring a deal. Our goal is to maximize the value of the transaction to the buyer or seller we are representing.

Commercial Finance and Banking

Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn attorneys represent numerous banks and institutions lending in Indiana, as well business entities dealing with financial institutions.

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Our business attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of commercial law, with extensive experience in structuring financing and investments, negotiating loan terms, preparing necessary loan documents, and consulting and assisting with complex UCC issues, all of which affect a company’s future financial flexibility and rights.  In short, our attorneys integrate the available financing alternatives with your business’s unique strategic objectives.  Due to the time-sensitive aspects of commercial finance, our business attorneys offer responsive, effective and practical counsel and are accustomed to providing this work quickly to meet the needs of our clients.

Business Agreements and Contracts

For over 100 years, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn has been committed to the goals of providing a stability for our clients and helping them to achieve their business objectives.

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Our business attorneys understand that one of the most important elements in achieving these goals is the creation of succinct, well-written contracts that maintain fair and equitable relationships with customers, suppliers and employees, and most of all minimize or contain the litigations risks associated with such transactions. Our business team has extensive experience at assisting businesses with the negotiation, drafting and review of a wide variety of contracts, including:

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Construction agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Employment/consulting agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • License agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Real estate purchase agreements
  • Residential and commercial lease agreements
  • Service agreements
  • Supply agreements

Corporate Governance

Boards of directors, committees and executive officers, of both public and private companies, must comply with numerous laws and regulations as they oversee their respective entities.

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Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn counsels organizations of all types and sizes, including nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs, on a wide variety of corporate governance issues, such as:

  • Rights and responsibilities of an organization’s directors, officers and shareholders
  • Standards of conduct
  • Liability issues
  • Fiduciary obligations
  • Scope of available director and officer indemnification

Our business team knows that every decision a company makes shapes its future and can potentially impact an individual owner’s personal wealth, so we work to understand each client’s operations and company structure to provide meaningful and tailored advice.