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

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to provide qualifying small businesses, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, sole proprietors, and independent contractors forgivable loans of...

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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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Renewable Energy Roundtable Update in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread disruption of business and industry across California, including the state’s vibrant renewable energy and energy storage industry. Farella Braun + Martel attorneys are tracking developments and advising...

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Farella Represents the Bundschu Company in its Acquisition of Valley of the Moon Winery

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the Bundschu Company in its acquisition of the 60 acre winery and vineyard property at the historic Rancho Agua Caliente in Glen Ellen, California...

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7 Ways to Check If Coronavirus Triggers ‘Force Majeure’ Clauses in Your Wine Business Contracts

Never in the experience of most of us has an event so thoroughly interrupted business as usual as the coronavirus pandemic. The wine business runs on contracts: grape purchase agreements, event hosting contracts, vineyard...

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Dan Cohn Named to American Friends of Tel Aviv University Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel Partner Daniel E. Cohn was elected to the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) Board of Directors. AFTAU is a nonprofit organization that raises...

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Paycheck Protection Program Eligibility for Private Equity and Venture Capital-Backed Entities

Congress’ recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created a new small business lending program to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on their payroll...

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Questions Wineries Need to Answer Before Talking With Lenders About Coronavirus-Caused Financial Woes

The coronavirus pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend upon on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales — such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

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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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