Private Companies

  • Holland & Knight’s Private Company Team represents privately and closely held companies in all aspects of their business operations.
  • Our lawyers guide family business owners through the entire life cycle of their company, from entity formation, financing and corporate governance issues to tax planning, transfer of wealth and business succession planning.
  • Our priority is to manage your business objectives alongside your personal goals to create a seamless plan that accomplishes both.


Private companies are the lifeblood of American business. In fact, nearly 80 percent of businesses in North America are private companies that are either family-owned or operated. Like all companies, these family businesses face myriad challenges in today’s economic environment. But unlike other companies, a family business must face the added and often complicated obstacle of family relationships.

Holland & Knight’s Private Company Team includes business lawyers throughout the firm who represent privately and closely held companies, with an emphasis on family-owned businesses. We have a deep understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges that exist for family businesses. We understand the business is not just your passion, it is your livelihood. We understand your business is unique and requires customized advice tailored to your specific needs and objectives. And we understand relationships with other family members can create additional challenges that must be addressed.

With this understanding in mind, our Private Company Team places an emphasis on learning your personal and professional needs so we can provide integrated and effective legal counsel. We work with you to manage your business objectives alongside your personal financial and lifestyle goals to craft a plan that accomplishes both.

Our team represents family businesses throughout the entire life cycle of the company. We regularly collaborate with attorneys across the firm, as well as your existing professional advisors, to address all of your needs in a cohesive and cost effective manner.

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