Full service to small and medium sized businesses: incorporation and organization, corporate transactions and changes, share sales and asset sales, corporate maintenance and due diligence.
Perhaps you are considering starting your own business. Should you start your business as a corporation or a proprietorship or a partnership? Or is a Joint Venture arrangement better suited to your plans? How do you protect the name of your business or trade? What is the best way to plan for taxation in respect to your new venture? What can you include in a Shareholder Agreement or Partnership Agreement? Should you distribute common shares, special shares or preferred shares?
EHPNF has a long history in the practice of business law. We have assisted countless new businesses get started and countless others navigate business changes along the way.
If you’ve been in business for a while now, ongoing issues arise from time to time. Are you considering selling part or all of your interest? Should you sell shares or assets? How should you value the name and goodwill of the business? Should you bring your spouse or children or employees into ownership of the business? Is your relationship with your partners changing and should you make corporate or partnership changes as a result? Are you merging with a collaborator or a competitor? Are you seeking investment and need to grant equity security? Do you have a plan for the annual maintenance of the legal aspects of your business? Are you retiring and considering succession planning in your business?
Are you investing in a going concern? How should you take equity in the business? Should you accept common shares or preferred shares? Or, should you request a debenture arrangement with collateral security? How involved will you be in the day to day operations? Should you have a seat on the Board of Directors? What are the liabilities associated with being a Director?
Many of our clients have seen their businesses grow into very successful ventures and we take pride in playing a part in that success.
Whether it is a new venture or a business change, we ensure that your particular business goals operate in the most appropriate legal context and we assist in maintaining the legal authority and record of your business entities.
Simon Valleau looks forward to consulting with his business clients and enjoys sharing their energy and excitement about their plans, goals and changes. He takes pride in setting his clients’ objectives in the most efficient and sound legal framework and in guiding business changes to successful completion.