Our law firm’s Everett-based business law team represents Snohomish County businesses in mergers and joint ventures, including transactions of most sizes, from small business ventures to medium-sized international matters. Our hourly rates are usually less than even solo attorneys in our region, and our academic credentials typically match those of the largest firms, with several of our business attorneys having come to us from the largest firms in Washington, Am Law 100 firms, or Magic Circle firms. We do not represent publicly traded companies, but we can refer them to appropriate counsel in the greater Seattle area. To speak with us about your business matter, please call us toll free at 866-631-0028 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I run a small business and am hoping to cooperate with another small business in our area. Can you help us in a way that won’t be cost prohibitive for the project? Generally yes, we can tailor our work to fit your needs and budget. For example, with a small project we might simply draft a contract with warranties from each party rather than performing due diligence.
Both companies want to keep legal costs low as possible. Can you represent both of us if we sign a conflict waiver form? Generally no, we cannot represent both sides of a transaction. We can, however, represent the party who performs the drafting, and the other side might choose to sign the documentation without hiring counsel of its own.
I own a majority share of a closely owned business, and a minority owner is trying to block our merger. Can he or she stop the transaction? Sometimes yes, but usually no. Your operating agreement might contain a “poison pill” that prevents the merger, but that would be rare. More commonly, the minority owner would exercise his or her dissenters’ rights and receive a buyout of her ownership interest.
What is the difference between a joint venture and a merger? Though somewhat of an oversimplification, the difference is mainly a matter of degree. A merger is a full integration of the two business entities, whereas a joint venture is usually a more limited agreement to cooperate on a project.
Can you help with a merger or joint venture involving a Chinese company? Yes, our firm enjoys a strong connection to China, and we have bilingual (Chinese and English speaking) staff and attorneys.