In the business world, the right collaboration can mean the difference between success and failure. Our attorneys work side by side with our clients, counseling them on legal matters impacting their businesses, and helping them to identify and avoid or overcome any obstacles. We strive to provide advice that is, of course, correct; but just as importantly, practical. For these reasons, our clients include public and private companies, large and small, that have relied on our counsel for many years.
GW’s Business practice area provides advice on general business matters for our many commercial clients. They take the lead on matters such as mergers, sales and acquisitions, business strategy, and the negotiation of various types of contracts, including employment and equity ownership agreements. However, they are able to call on a number of other more specialized resources for any manner of other issues that may impact commercial clients, including corporate reorganization, real estate, finance, employment, environmental, tax, compliance, and litigation.
FINANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Our Finance and Real Estate attorneys provide advice on acquisition and financing of capital assets, including real property, equipment and major capital improvements. They also advise on all phases of commercial and residential real estate, including sale, exchange, purchase, development, construction financing and refinancing, leasing, syndication and local and federal regulation.
Our Compliance and White Collar Defense attorneys provide general counsel, as well as assistance with the development, implementation and supervision of corporate compliance programs. In addition, our Employment Law group often assists with the development of employment-related policies and procedures, as well as the resolution of employment disputes. Commercial clients may also be aided by our Tax attorneys, who can assist with tax planning, tax exemption and representation before the IRS, as well as matters involving fringe benefit, pensions and profit-sharing plans. Our Environmental Law practice area provides advice concerning remediation of hazards such as asbestos, lead-paint, storage tanks, regulated waste, and mold; representation before regulatory agencies to mitigate violations; and assistance in structuring contaminated property transactions, and the negotiation of cleanup agreements.
CORPORATE REORGANIZATION AND BANKRUPTCY
The Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy group has broad experience in representing sizeable businesses in manufacturing, service, high technology, and retail sectors in restructuring their affairs either informally or in the context of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. We have represented numerous creditors committees, individual creditors and creditor constituencies in many complex and highly visible Chapter 11 cases. We also provide advice on all phases of stock and asset acquisitions of financially distressed companies, of lending to troubled companies and the general conduct of business with Chapter 11 debtor entities.
HEALTH CARE INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY
The Health Care Information and Technology practice group provides advice and support regarding IT issues and vendor contracts for commercial clients, as well as health care clients. We assist clients with hardware and software system acquisitions, software development arrangements, website developing and co-branding, contracts between software/hardware manufacturers and authorized resellers, license agreements for trademark and other intellectual property licenses, strategic alliances between hardware/software vendors and customers, consulting agreements, and financing arrangements.
Our Insurance Regulatory attorneys provide ongoing counsel to insurance related companies, such as preferred provider organizations, independent practice associations, indemnity insurance companies and health maintenance organizations.
GW has considerable expertise in working with insurance regulators to find novel and pragmatic solutions to regulatory issues. In addition, we have represented clients in transactional acquisitions in the insurance industry.