The Firm has an active practice advising public and private corporations and other entities in the course of their day-to-day business operations, corporate governance activities and significant transactions. Our clients include both domestically and internationally headquartered companies engaged in a variety of businesses, such as financial services, manufacturing and retail operations, information technology, computer services, airline travel, and alcoholic beverages. Our firm represents clients in all aspects of significant business transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spinoffs, joint ventures and strategic alliances. We render advice in connection with structuring such transactions, and we draft and negotiate the complicated documentation needed to effect them. We also advise on the securities law and other regulatory issues that may arise. An important part of our corporate practice consists of advising clients in connection with their contractual relationships. We draft and negotiate the terms of complex agreements that our clients enter into, including those with customers, distributors, licensors, raw material and parts providers, service providers, consultants and others. We keep abreast of the business operations of our clients so that we can anticipate likely issues with their commercial relationships and negotiate contracts that deal with those issues in a way that is most protective of our clients. We also draft and negotiate employment and severance agreements, confidentiality and non-competition policies, and similar documents. In addition to contract work, we advise our clients in connection with raising funds for their business operations, whether through borrowing from financial or other third party lenders or through selling stock or other securities to investors. We regularly counsel the directors and officers of our clients with regard to corporate fiduciary and liability issues, as well as other issues involving corporate governance. Our corporate practice dovetails with several of our firm’s other practices. For example, both the everyday business practice and the extraordinary transactional practice often implicate tax and employee benefit issues, and our representation of closely held private entities frequently involves trust and estate issues. Our real estate and bankruptcy teams are also available to assist as the need arises.