The business climate is constantly changing. Having successfully navigated the Great Recession, businesses continue to experience measured and steady recovery. To stay ahead of the curve, we work closely with our clients to assess their corporate structure, strategic plan, and business continuity objectives in order to position our clients for successful business results.
Our corporate law attorneys assist clients with a wide range of business, tax, and employment matters. We act as our clients' outside general counsel with respect to all of their business and corporate needs. We assist first-time and seasoned entrepreneurs, small and large privately held businesses, family-owned enterprises, venture-backed entities, and publicly traded companies with all issues that relate to business ownership and governance, including entity formation; contract preparation, review and negotiation; executive compensation; raising of capital or debt; employment matters; and governance, business finance, and succession planning.
From early-stage entrepreneurs to experienced business leaders, we work with clients to identify risks that can affect their business, form strategies to minimize those risks, and implement tactics to accomplish our clients' goals.
Services for Established Businesses
Business Continuity Planning
For our clients with interests in closely held businesses, a key to effective planning is the structure for the succession of the closely held business and the implementation of shareholder agreements and cross-purchase agreements.
We assist clients in obtaining the debt or equity financing necessary for the successful growth and operation of their business.
Our team tailors appropriate employment agreements and noncompetition agreements for employment relationships, taking into account the many nuances of federal and state employment law.
Executive Compensation Arrangements
We assist clients in structuring deferred compensation plans with or without rabbi or secular trusts, golden parachute provisions, bonus and employment agreements, as well as stock-based compensation arrangements such as restricted stock or stock option plans.
Our attorneys counsel clients in selecting, designing, installing, reviewing, amending, and terminating appropriate employee benefit plans for their employees. We also sponsor a regional prototype defined contribution plan by which our clients may adopt 401(k), profit sharing, and money purchase pension plans.
Our team negotiates, prepares, and reviews a wide variety of contracts for companies relating to all aspects of their business and their contractual relationships.
Tax Planning and Federal & State Taxation
Devine Millimet attorneys integrate a client's business objectives with the tax planning tools that are available to enable our clients to achieve those objectives while minimizing both federal and state taxes. We also represent clients before the New Hampshire Department of Revenue in audits and administrative proceedings.
Services for Start-up Businesses
Our team assists clients in comparing and selecting the most appropriate form of organization for their business.
We help clients structure buy-sell arrangement among the business and its owners, working closely with the business' accounting and insurance professionals to facilitate implementation of the arrangement.
Incentive Compensation Arrangements
Our attorneys assist clients in incentivizing employees with a variety of incentive compensation plans, including stock option plans, stock appreciation rights, deferred compensation, restricted stock plans, phantom stock plans, and creative bonus arrangements.