Farella Braun + Martel’s Mid-Market Transaction practice offers clients sophisticated transaction and tax advice with the service and efficiency of a mid-sized law firm. We employ a lean staffing model (for many deals, one partner and one associate) to meet our clients’ business objectives without duplicating efforts or driving up transaction costs. We work with you in the way that you prefer, employing professional judgment and proven strategic approaches to help you meet your goals efficiently. For example, for large companies with experienced in-house teams that do many M&A transactions, we can work side by side with in-house lawyers and business people to make sure that your specialized expertise is used to your best advantage. For smaller acquirers, including those without in-house counsel or finance departments, we can handle all facets of a deal to provide a seamless, successful experience. We understand that the transaction is yours, not ours, and we strive to match our services to your preferences. 

We are a full service mid-sized firm, representing buyers and sellers of all sizes in every aspect of the transaction, including securities laws, tax structuring, corporate governance, public reporting requirements, employee benefits and employment law, antitrust, intellectual property, and real property issues. Our M&A clients range from individual investors to members of the Fortune 100. Our experience extends to a wide variety of industries, including technology, insurance, alternative energy, agriculture, real estate and hospitality, and financial services. With our lean staffing model, knowledgeable attorneys and extensive experience in closing mid-market M&A transactions – ranging from $10 million to several hundred million dollars – we provide an attractive alternative to large firm M&A practices, which often can be overstaffed and inefficient. 

Another factor that distinguishes Farella Braun + Martel is our long history of representing privately held companies and family businesses. For individuals or families selling a business, we collaborate closely with our Family Wealth Group to help ensure that the benefits of your hard work are available to support you and your family for years to come. For purchasers, our insight into the dynamics of family-owned or entrepreneurially led businesses can be of great help in guiding a transaction to a successful conclusion.

Firm Highlights

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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