Forward-looking and dynamic, Farella’s Business Transactions Practice advises public and private corporations, entrepreneurs, investors, closely-held businesses, and family offices on needs that range from day-to-day operations to mergers and acquisitions, financings, structuring and organizational matters, investments, complex contracts, data security issues, insurance coverage needs, growth strategies, and more. Deploying responsive guidance, we work closely with decision makers who rely on our business-oriented judgment in pursuing their opportunities and goals. 

Tailored for Your Needs

We become intimately familiar with our clients’ businesses and industries, and frequently act as their outside general counsel. Through in-person meetings and site visits, we get to know their company’s management structure, financials, operations, personnel, policies, and goals. This critical knowledge informs our ability to create value, and effectively represent their interests.

Our clients appreciate our ability to staff lean teams—often comprised of a partner and an experienced associate—without sacrificing quality. However, we have the depth to staff larger deal teams for highly complex or time-sensitive matters, as needed. From our firm’s inception, our founders believed that hiring top quality associates and investing in their development would not only provide clients with the best service available but would also ensure economy and continuity in counsel over time—because at Farella, relationships are long-standing. 

Scope and Reach

Most business transactions cover a range of issues, including employment, compensation, tax, intellectual property, data security, environmental, insurance, and sometimes, litigation. Because Farella is a full-service firm, our transactional attorneys are able to assemble multi-disciplinary teams of attorneys with the specialized expertise to address these issues efficiently.

When special needs arise, our clients look to us for introductions to investment banks, accounting firms, appraisers, wealth managers, and potential investors. We maintain a strong network of personal relationships that fosters strategic, innovative opportunities for our clients—we are always looking to make great things happen.

Area of Focus  

The core focus of our work involves a variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and financings. On a daily basis, our deal lawyers bring their wealth of experience and market knowledge to provide a nuanced and creative perspective. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach—rather, each deal is unique and requires a careful understanding of the underlying motivations and dynamics.

A significant part of our practice focuses on governance matters and structuring relationships among founders, owners, partners, boards of directors, managers, and other stakeholders. We help these groups manage internal conflicts and work through the labyrinth of business and legal considerations involved in operating a business, such as making strategic decisions and undertaking complex transactions.

Also, we represent high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Often, these clients have special needs ranging from negotiating and structuring investments to protecting family assets from risk, monitoring portfolio companies and real estate assets, tax planning for family entities, dealing with regulatory compliance, and planning for generational wealth transfers. Our entrepreneurial and family business clients rely on our advice not only to grow their businesses, but also to incentivize the next generation of leaders through compensation or ownership transfer.

As market conditions fluctuate and business needs evolve, our Business Transactions Group ensures that our clients are fully advised on emerging topics and trends. We strive to be true business partners and advisors to our clients, with a focus on helping them succeed and reach their goals.

Firm Highlights

News

Election Brings Questions for Cannabis SPACs

Drew Goodwin commented in The Deal article "Election Brings Questions for Cannabis SPACs."

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

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Hospitality Companies and Their Lenders: Preparing for Difficult Conversations

In a sudden reversal of generally expansionary trends, the hospitality business has been among the most immediate and badly hit economic sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting stay-at-home and...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across a number of practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® release of the “Best...

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Three Steps Licensees Can Take to Protect Their IP Rights in Bankruptcy

During periods of widespread economic disruption such as the present, operating businesses must be able to identify and respond to threats to the financial health of their contracting counterparts in order to protect key...

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M&A Deals and PPP Loans: Unexpected Parties in Your Deal

The Payroll Protection Program has been a lifesaver to many businesses this year, but its quick roll out, and many generous features (including potential forgiveness) could tempt a borrower to treat the PPP as...

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Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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Lawyers Advising California’s Wineries Navigate a Pandemic and Wildfires

Partners Tyler Gerking and Matt Lewis were interviewed in the Daily Journal article "Lawyers advising California’s wineries navigate a pandemic and wildfires."

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ACGSF: The Facts on SPACs

Drew Goodwin is a panelist at the ACG San Francisco live webinar, "The Facts on SPACs." Details: Join us for a discussion on special purpose acquisition companies. How are they raised, who invests; how...

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