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Rogers Sheffield & Campbell, LLP: Business Law and Entity Formation

Our Santa Barbara business attorneys provide sophisticated business and entity formation legal services to clients in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, representing a wide range of transactional and other business matters.  Our attorneys specialize in crafting solutions which control costs while supporting all the business operations needs. 

Whether the matter involves a start-up, merger, re-organization, or negotiations relating to an ongoing operation or real estate purchase, every step is handled by a partner-level corporate lawyer.  Each of our partners offers significant hands-on experience, in some cases nearly forty years' worth, which translates directly to the expedited processing, and timely conclusion, of most all transactions.

Our clients range from individual entrepreneurs to small companies to global enterprises, including:

  • Lending institutions
  • Private finance companies
  • Public companies
  • Domestic and foreign corporations
  • Debtor companies
  • Acquiring companies
  • Seller Companies
  • Venture capitalists
  • Estates
  • Non-Profits
  • Individuals
  • Entrepreneurs

Business Organization and Tax Planning

One of the best investments one can make early in the life of a business is the establishment of a close relationship with trusted legal counsel.  Well-advised decisions regarding choice of entity may shield business owners from personal liability and excessive taxation.

Our firm includes Certified Tax Specialists, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, who work closely with our clients as they establish their business entities.  Some options we consider for new ventures or re-organizations include:

  • C-Corporation or S-Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Professional Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Closely Held Corporation
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Joint Venture
  • Non-Profit or Tax Exempt Charitable Organization

Purchase or Sale of a Business

In addition to providing legal services at the start-up phase, we also assist our clients with the purchase or sale of an existing business, whether through a merger, an asset or stock purchase transaction, or otherwise.  Our experienced corporate attorneys and Certified Tax Specialists advise clients regarding the best possible course of action to help them maximize profits, negotiate favorable purchase prices, and minimize negative tax consequences. 

Commercial Transactions

Our firm also represents individuals and businesses in connection with a wide variety of commercial transactions ranging from home purchases to the purchase or division of multi-million dollar companies.  We facilitate the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of transactions, including:

  • All types of business negotiations
  • Secured commercial transactions
  • Unsecured commercial transactions
  • Lending and loan transactions
  • Domestic commercial transactions
  • International commercial transactions
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Stock and asset purchases
  • Joint ventures and franchising
  • Business successions
  • Debtor-creditor transactions
  • Purchase and sale of businesses
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) issues
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance
  • Commercial transactional analysis

Ongoing Business Counsel

In the course of running a business, an attorney's services are often needed to protect ongoing operations. Our firm offers a wide range of legal services to support our clients' operations including negotiations, planning advice, and complete documentation pertaining to:

  • Minority shareholder disputes
  • Business dissolution or liquidation
  • Business reorganizations
  • Business successions
  • Business licensing
  • Shareholder's rights
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Business planning
  • Business tax planning
  • Contracts
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Consulting agreements
  • Commercial real estate transactions
  • Employment agreements
  • Stock incentive plans
  • Asset purchases & sales
  • Stock acquisitions & sales
  • Private placement memoranda
  • Offering memoranda
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Business litigation
  • Finance law

Looking for a Business Lawyer?

The Santa Barbara business attorneys at Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP offer businesses a broad range of transactional legal services, as well as complementary legal services including advice and representation in matters involving business litigation, real estate, and tax law.  Our firm includes highly regarded AV Preeminent-rated lawyers in the specific practice areas of Real Estate, Taxation, Litigation, Trusts & Estates, Business & Commercial and General Practice law.  We also have Certified Tax Specialists that have been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  To speak with an attorney about a business transaction or corporate legal matter, contact our office at 805-963-9721 or use the form on this page to arrange for a consultation with an experienced business lawyer.

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