Corporate Services

  • Holland & Knight's Corporate Services Team provides experienced legal counsel to public and private entities throughout every stage of the business cycle.
  • We advise clients on all aspects of their business operations, from corporate governance and risk management to financing and growth opportunities.
  • Our team works proactively with clients to avoid potential liability through the development and implementation of effective compliance and ethics programs.
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Overview

Whether your enterprise is a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, a closely held family business or a public franchise, succeeding in today’s marketplace requires more than “business as usual.” In this value-based, highly regulated climate, non-economic performance parameters – such as corporate compliance and governance – are as critical to your success as your company’s bottom line.

Broad-Based Know-How Tailored to Your Operating Environment

The practice of corporate law demands experience across an array of industries, businesses and governmental organizations. Savvy business leaders choose Holland & Knight for our decades of experience in advising public and private entities. With the diversity of our firm and practice teams, we can extend integrated and efficient support across a range of critical matters, including:

  • corporate compliance and ethics
  • corporate governance
  • D&O and management liability
  • franchise
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • project finance
  • public companies and securities
  • securities litigation
  • venture capital and private equity
  • white collar defense

Compliance, Governance and Liability Counsel – A Proactive Strategy

Holland & Knight is committed to working proactively to help your organization avoid potential liability. We assist companies in the development of integrated compliance and ethics programs, and our firm was one of the first in the country to establish a dedicated corporate governance team to advise on issues relating to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. As the risk of management liability suits increases, Holland & Knight’s D&O and Management Liability Team counsels directors and officers regarding the preventive measures required to protect their personal assets.

Vigorous Defense When You Need It

When your company’s reputation is on the line, our seasoned White Collar Defense Team will work to provide experienced and incisive defense counsel. Our highly skilled trial attorneys – including a former U.S. district judge – are fully prepared to go to court on your behalf with a goal of helping to minimize the consequences of alleged misconduct. Should your organization become involved in securities litigation, you need seasoned counsel with front-line litigation experience in federal securities law. Dealing with matters of alleged wrongdoing in this highly complex area is one of the strengths of our Securities Litigation Team.

Assuring the Right Relationships for Your Franchise Venture

Strategic to profitable franchising is the ability to structure, maintain and control successful franchise business relationships. Our multidisciplinary Franchise Team is focused on assisting both franchisors and franchisees. From negotiating franchise, sub-franchise and area development agreements to advising on franchisee solicitation, you can count on our commitment to provide professional and insightful guidance regarding your ongoing activities.

Talent and Teamwork Combine to Represent Your Business Interests

Whether your transaction involves a leveraged buy-out, a joint venture or a corporate reorganization, Holland & Knight’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group leverages its broad-based experience and business know-how to negotiate on your behalf. The team consists of more than 120 dedicated attorneys who collaborate with lawyers and professionals from the firm’s other practice areas as needed – such as tax, ERISA, IP, environmental law, real estate and antitrust – to represent you in the full array of transactions your organization may encounter.

Insight and Innovation

Achieving your objectives in today’s complex and changing financial marketplace often requires creative deal-making. Holland & Knight attorneys are committed to effective and innovative representation of businesses and institutional investors and acquirers in all manner of venture capital and private equity transactions. With deep domain experience representing both venture capital and growth companies – and insight into emerging market trends – we can guide both investors and entrepreneurs through such diverse transactions as angel financings, bridge loans, PIPEs and public offerings.

Growing to Meet Your Changing Requirements

As our Private Equity Team has evolved in size and scope to meet the ever-increasing needs of financial acquirers and sellers to private equity funds, our counsel addresses matters that range from structuring transactions to the performance of due diligence.

In-Depth Experience Enhanced by an International Presence

Commercial lenders, export credit agencies, multilateral development banks and developers look to Holland & Knight’s Project Finance Team for counsel in their complex undertakings. Our experience in risk-allocation techniques and understanding of financing methods – including publicly funded and privatization project structures – give clients the comprehensive support they need for their projects.

Project finance endeavors are often international in scope. Opportunities involving projects such as transportation infrastructure, airports and seaports, power plant construction and telecommunications undertakings can arise anywhere in the world. With international offices in Latin America and established relationships with key law firms around the world, Holland & Knight is positioned to provide the global representation you require.

A Diverse Client Base Informs Our Counsel

Providing effective, professional legal counsel in business law matters requires experience that spans across diverse industries. We advise clients in a broad range of industries, including communications, defense, employment, healthcare, technology, transportation, hospitality, agriculture and banking sectors, among others. Holland & Knight’s diverse public company roster ranges from small and mid-size entities to Fortune 500 issuers. We also represent underwriters, private equity funds and venture capital firms in capital-raising transactions. Our Public Companies and Securities Team includes members who have served as counsel to public companies, audit and compensation committees and the SEC, and as members of university and professional securities associations.

From Concept to Completion: Ongoing Representation

You can rely on our Corporate Services Practice Team for experienced counsel long after the negotiation of your original transaction. From concept to completion, our team stays with you, prepared to advise you throughout the lifecycle of your business venture.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented different management teams in equity and employment matters as part of a sale transaction
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the audio/visual solutions industry in an internal reorganization
  • Represented a former CEO of a Nasdaq-listed company in various initial public offering (IPO), investment and personal stock ownership-related matters
  • Represented a privately owned, family business in connection with shareholder requests for information, other shareholder-related issues under the Illinois Business Corporation Act and the negotiation of supply and co-packing agreements

  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with a senior secured credit facility and a subordinated secured credit facility for the funding of a new platform in the pet products industry
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the pet products industry in connection with an amendment to its senior secured and subordinated secured credit facilities to provide for an increase in the amount borrowed under the senior credit facility and the consent of the senior and subordinated agents and lenders to a new strategic acquisition
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with an amendment to an existing credit facility
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the thermoplastic and thermoset resins industry in connection with the refinancing and consolidation of its first-, second- and third-lien credit facilities into a senior secured and subordinated secured credit facility
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with a senior secured credit facility for the funding of a new platform in the steel tube exhaust industry
  • Represented an institutional lender in a series of three loan transactions to assisted care and senior living facilities
  • Represented a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed company in an internal reorganization and the negotiation of guarantees for rail-car leases
  • Represented a publicly traded company in a secondary offering of common stock and the exercise of a subsequent over-allotment option
  • Advised a developer of e-discovery software in connection a minority equity investment in the company

  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of The O&S Insurance Brokerage Group Inc. and OSA Insurance Brokerage Services LLC
  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of Euclid Specialty Managers LLC
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Country Clean Paper Supplies
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Classic Solutions Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Dees Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Delta Southern Railroad Inc. in its sale to Patriot Rail Co. LLC
  • Represented Hub International Midwest Limited (Hub) in its acquisition of the business of James L. Miniter Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of International Sales & Marketing LLC (ISM), food service disposable, cleaning supplies and packaging company headquartered in Puerto Rico
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Palm Paper Supply
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of North Alabama Chemical
  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of Alexander & Co., an employee benefits and investment brokerage and consultation firm, whose clientele includes public school systems and local governments
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of The Russell Hall Co., a leading supplier of paper goods and cleaning supplies in the Connecticut marketplace
  • Represented Golden Gate Capital in its sale of PetroChoice Lubrication Solutions for $479 million to Moove, a subsidiary of Brazilian-based Cosan S.A.
  • Represented Imperial Bag & Paper Co. LLC d/b/a Imperial Dade in its acquisition of Veritiv Canada
  • Represented Revolos, a full-service finance and insurance solutions provider and portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, in its sale to Protective Life Corp., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-Ichi Life Holdings Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Texas-based GBC Benefits Ltd. d/b/a Gus Bates Insurance & Investments
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of New York-based The B&G Group Inc.
  • Represented Specialty Program Group in its acquisition of Tennessee-based Avant LLC
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Tennessee-based Harris, Madden, Powell, Stallings & Brown Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of California-based P&R Paper Supply
  • Represented Imperial Dade in its acquisition of Texas-based Wagner Supply Co.
  • Represented Clover Wireless, a global leader in aftermarket life-cycle management services for mobile, computing and other consumer electronics devices, in its acquisition of Teleplan, a global electronics supply chain services and solutions provider
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of Nebraska-based SilverStone Group
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of California-based Area Distributors
  • Represented LiveVox Inc. in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Teckst Inc., a New York-based software company, and its acquisition of SpeechIQ LLC, an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven speech analytics and quality assurance platform
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Philip Rosenau Co.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of California-based The Paper Co.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of New York-based Strauss Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Pennsylvania-based Cosaint Insurance Partners LLC
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Missouri-based Mid Continent Paper & Distributing Co. Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Massachusetts-based Butler-Dearden Paper Service Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of Maryland-based The Insurance Exchange Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of New York-based Edmar Cleaning Corp.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of Joshen Paper & Packaging of New Jersey
  • Represented a private equity fund in the sale of a gasket manufacturing business to a public company
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Alabama-based American Osment
  • Represented a leader in the wireless, internet and satellite communication industry in its sale to a global communications company
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Texas-based Gulf Coast Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Atlanta-based Sikes Paper & Chemical Supply Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of JPC Enterprises d/b/a Jersey Paper Plus
  • Represented a publicly traded marketer and distributor of brand name over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products in its  acquisition of certain brand name over-the-counter healthcare products from a private equity firm
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a leading online retailer of men's apparel
  • Represented multiple subsidiaries (domestic and foreign) of a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed company in the sale of its European vendor finance business to a former public company
  • Represented a private equity fund in two proposed acquisitions of the gambling and gaming operations of two privately owned companies
  • Represented a NYSE-listed company in the proposed acquisition of the business of a leading privately owned equipment leasing company
  • Represented a private equity fund in the formation of a new platform and the simultaneous acquisition of the assets of one company and the stock of another, both in the steel tube exhaust industry, with a total deal value in excess of $60 million
  • Represented a privately owned client in the acquisition of the assets of a modeling education franchise
  • Represented a privately owned client in the environmental solutions industry in the acquisition of the equity of a used print cartridge and mobile phone reseller
  • Represented a privately owned client in the environmental solutions industry in the acquisition of the assets of an electronics trade-in and recycling solutions company
  • Represented a privately owned client in the thermoplastic and thermoset resins industry in the acquisition of the assets of a thermoplastics company
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the audio/visual solutions industry in its auction sale to a financial buyer
  • Represented a NYSE-listed company in a Bankruptcy Code Section 363 transaction involving the purchase of assets of a privately owned company in the cat litter and cat products industry
  • Represented a secured lender in an assignment for the benefit of creditors transaction
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the industrial coatings industry in its sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented a family-owned investment fund in various equity investments in the oil and gas industry
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the education marketing industry in its auction sale to a financial buyer
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the building products industry in its sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented a subsidiary of a NYSE-listed company in two transactions (one asset and one stock) in the water solutions field of the oil and gas industry
  • Represented a privately owned client in the sale and transfer of equity in an oil-and-gas exploration company

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