White & Choate serves as corporate counsel to many leading businesses in North Georgia. Our firm provides legal advice from formation through growth to the exit.
Many clients choose to involve our law firm early in the formation of a new business. This allows for proper decisions to be made regarding matters such as choosing a business entity, planning tax strategies, establishing the proper agreements for structuring the entity, and drafting employment, compensation, non-compete and/or confidentiality agreements and shareholder agreements. In addition, our firm helps limit the risks many new businesses face by offering consultation to avoid litigation.
As businesses grow, White & Choate works with businesses to provide guidance in areas such as the retention of key employees through qualified and non-qualified compensation packages; the creation of holding companies and management companies; and the purchase and/or leasing of necessary real estate. The firm also assists in the preparation of various contracts, including manufacturing and distribution agreements, sales representative agreements and the various services agreements used by businesses, either with clients and/or independent contractors.
Due to extensive experience, White & Choate is uniquely suited to handle the special needs of family related business issues that often manifest themselves in very emotional ways.
The Exit Strategy
The firm regularly counsels clients on the best means to exit an existing business through vehicles such as business succession plans, stock options, outright sales and gifting, always factoring in the best possible tax advantages on behalf of the client.
White & Choate also assists clients in planning for the continued growth, development and refinement of their businesses. The firm has the broad expertise necessary in tax, corporate and securities laws to assist clients in selecting and implementing the most appropriate form of acquisition model to enable clients to achieve both their short term and long term business objectives, whether a tax free and taxable merger, stock or asset purchase, joint venture, partnership or other growth model.