For more than a century, international and domestic companies have harnessed the extensive legal experience and business acumen of Locke Lord’s team of corporate lawyers. From entrepreneurs launching new endeavors to established Fortune 500 corporations entering into complex global transactions, clients turn to our corporate lawyers for the know-how, vision and sound business judgment to bring their efforts to fruition.
Our lawyers regularly represent both publicly-traded entities and private concerns, developing strategic solutions for corporate issues in nearly every industry. Our knowledge goes well beyond the mechanics of the law, allowing us to counsel clients on broader business implications and strategies. Locke Lord’s reputation for responsiveness and business judgment is top-notch, as is the quality of our client service. From advising clients on initial public offerings to handling billion-dollar tender offers, our corporate lawyers access the full range of Locke Lord’s broad network of contacts to benefit clients.
We offer clients a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon the skills of our colleagues in many practice areas and geographies, working seamlessly to deliver desired results. Our aggressive and creative – yet cost-effective – solutions give clients the benefit of our many years of experience without the cost of unnecessary manpower.
The Firm’s corporate practice spans a wide range of industries, including insurance and financial services, energy, communications, entertainment and media, chemical and mining, electronics, technology, life sciences, manufacturing, service and distribution, maritime, marine terminal development, shipping and transportation, real estate, health care, non-profit and education. In the rare instance that we do not have deep experience in a particular industry, Locke Lord lawyers promptly tap into their extensive network to quickly grasp the business landscape and the nuances unique to each industry. Additionally, many of our lawyers have served as in-house counsel and are seasoned by years of involvement in the industries in which they focus.
Our corporate practice has organized, specialized groups of lawyers who share market knowledge of capital markets, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate trust, corporate governance and franchise. Locke Lord’s corporate practice consistently ranks in the top level of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” report. Several of our lawyers have been recognized in publications such as Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
We work with clients to structure, negotiate and close virtually any type of corporate or finance transaction. We regularly represent publicly-held entities in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and compliance, as well as structuring of change-of-control strategies involving shareholder rights plans, shareholder advisory services and proxy proposals. Our clients’ boards and board committees turn to Locke Lord for issues ranging from fiduciary duty and independence issues to director selection, evaluation and education. Our lawyers regularly conduct risk-assessment and management programs, including counseling on D&O insurance coverage and indemnification, as well as developing internal controls and governance protocols. We also represent issuers and investment banking firms in public and private financings and in franchise and distribution.
In today’s challenging environment of fast-moving corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, Locke Lord has a firm grasp of the legal, political and economic issues our clients face. Our extensive experience and team-oriented approach enables us to maximize value in virtually any transaction throughout every phase of corporate development. We are proud of the strong, long-lasting relationships we have built with our clients by providing excellent legal advice based upon sound business judgment and unmatched client service.