Business Transaction Lawyer
The Hawkins Law Firm provides legal advice and assistance in business and corporate transactions to companies throughout Alabama. Our transactional practice includes Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Offerings, Securities Law, Venture Capital, Debt Finance, and Equity Compensation.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our firm advises buyers, sellers, and target companies – public and private – on complex mergers, acquisitions and the sale of business assets. We handle all the legal facets of M&A, from due diligence and advice on deal structure and strategy or defensive arrangements, to negotiation and drafting of all deal documents, including letters of intent, disclosure documents, severance and incentive plans, engagement letters, and stockholder, voting and standstill agreements.
Our experience with public offerings and federal and state securities laws have led us to serve as local counsel and company counsel in a broad range of public offerings, as well as serving as lead counsel on initial public offerings, follow-on financings, secondary market transactions, and more. We have led in both company-side and underwriter-side public offerings in diverse markets including the software, biotech, diagnostics and medical device sectors. Our practice covers the full range of public offerings, including debt offerings, structured financings, Regulations S offerings, PIPES transactions, and best efforts offerings.
Our securities experience has included advising private and publicly-held companies on transactional and compliance issues under federal and state securities laws. We have regularly advised our business clients on compliance issues regarding the issuance of stock options and other derivative securities, and have served as special corporate counsel across the spectrum of securities and corporate law matters, including 1333 Act and 1934 Act issues, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, Section 16, the Investment Company Act, and federal and state securities law registration, disclosure and compliance issues.
With years of exposure to the world of venture capital and private equity financings as that process has evolved over time, we have acquired an in-depth understanding of the economic terms at work in a venture capital deal. From plain-vanilla to complex transactions, we have represented the interests of venture capital and other private equity funds, individual or “angel” investors, placement agents and “gatekeepers” in connection with a broad range of investment activities. Our practice includes structuring the transaction, fund formation, secondary market transfers, term sheet and document negotiation and organizational document revisions, and investor rights and shareholder agreements.
We have represented issuers, underwriters, institutional investors and placement agents in a wide range of debt securities transactions, including registered offerings, 144A debt placements involving convertible and high-yield bonds, conventional private placements, and investor-related bridge financings involving various debt securities. We have been on both the issuer-side and the underwriter side of a broad range of structured financings and project financings involving various debt securities. We have also represented both the bank and borrower in numerous commercial lending transactions, including banks who regularly lend to technology-related companies.
Effective stock options plans are critical to most technology and life science companies in view of their unique needs for the compensation, reward and protection of their employees, directors, advisors, consultants and service providers. We have combined our skills and experience in corporate, tax, securities and employment law to provide valuable guidance in the design, implementation and administration in a wide range of company compensation plans. We have also provided our clients with the issuance, pricing and tracking of their stock options, while ensuring accurate securities law compliance.
Experienced Corporate and Business Transaction Lawyer
In Guntersville, Huntsville, Boaz, Arab, and throughout Alabama, entrepreneurs, established corporations, and lenders need look no further than The Hawkins Law Firm for advice and assistance in business transactional matters from an experienced business transaction lawyer. Contact The Hawkins Law Firm to discuss your business and corporate needs and goals.