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.


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 life cycle of your business venture.

Case Studies


Tips for OTA Award Success: Preparing a Successful White Paper
sound waves
Corporate Conflicts: Decree No. 0046/2024
Are We All Clear Ep. 6 Still
Podcast - Change Condition Packages: Tips for Cleared Contractors
Podcast - Pension Reform in Colombia
AWAC Episode 4 Media Still
Podcast - Corporate Documents in the Context of Clearances
A Lo Legal Ep. 21 Still
Podcast - The Constitutional Process in Colombia: Part II
Podcast - Decoding the Key Management Personnel Requirements
Are We All Clear Ep. 2 Still
Podcast - Navigating Personnel Security Clearances (PCLs)
A Lo Legal En Par Minutos Still
Podcast - Journey to the Legal Past: A Claim in Stone
sound waves
Tampa Bay: Holland & Knight's CEO Reveals How AI Is Transforming the Legal Profession
Podcast - Cryptocurrencies: Legal Fundamentals
Podcast - Conflicts of Interest in Colombia: New Regulation
The Corporate Transparency Act and Its Impact on Private Client Transactions
The Corporate Transparency Act and Its Impact on Private Client Transactions
Podcast - Energy Transition
sound waves
Taking Advantage of AI-Empowered Drafting and Legal Technology Tools for High-Stakes Transactions
Ep.13 A Lo Legal en Par Minutos Still
Podcast - New Winds for Wind Energy in Colombia, the <em>Offshore</em> Bet
Ep.12 A Lo Legal En Par Minutos Still
Podcast - The Reform of the Health System
A Lo Legal En Par Minutos Ep11 Still
Podcast - The Merger Premium
CPA Webinar Series: The Corporate Transparency Act
CPA Webinar Series: The Corporate Transparency Act
sound waves
Court Leaves in Place Single-Use Plastic Tax
sound waves
The Ins and Outs of D&O Indemnification Agreements
Ep.9 A Lo Legal en Par Minutos Still
Podcast - The Fall of Special Insolvency Rules
A Look into the DFA and USDA Regulatory Regimes
Podcast - A Look Into the FDA and USDA Regulatory Regimes
The Corporate Transparency Act: What You Need to Know
The Corporate Transparency Act: What You Need to Know
Ep.3 PND aguas abajo Still
Podcast - Financing of Infrastructure Projects
SEC's New Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance and Incident Disclosure Rules
SEC's New Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance and Incident Disclosure Rules
Ep.2 PND aguas abajo
Podcast - Contracting for Water Infrastructure Development
Ep.6 A Lo Legal en Par Minutos Still
Podcast - Fiduciary Duties of Directors
PND Aguas Abajo Still
Podcast - The National Development Plan
Hipótesis de Negocio en Marcha
Podcast - Ongoing Business Hypothesis
RP - The Impact of Cybersecurity Compliance on Corporate Transactions Still
Podcast - The Impact of Cybersecurity Compliance on Corporate Transactions
sound waves
Episode 12: Stephen Dietrich, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP
The Corporate Transparency Act is Coming: Are You Ready?
The Corporate Transparency Act is Coming: Are You Ready?
Podcast - Efficient Energy Use
National Development and Infrastructure
A Lo Legal En Par Minutos Inteligencia Artificial Still
Podcast - Artificial Intelligence


Upcoming Events

News and Headlines