Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP’s corporate attorneys advise companies and their principals on issues of governance, compliance, fiduciary responsibilities, minority and majority equity owner relations and employee-employer relations. We develop innovative business structures for start-up entities and design creative mechanisms for raising funds to bring in new investors and restructure existing companies. We have a track record of successfully negotiating a wide range of contractual relationships for our clients, including complex limited liability company, partnership and shareholder arrangements; sales and procurement agreements; service agreements; and strategic alliances and joint ventures.
For many of our clients’ family offices and their businesses, our corporate attorneys serve as outside general, drawing on the resources of our firm in tax, litigation, real estate, restructuring and estate planning. Our attorneys work together to address the difficult challenges facing these clients. In this capacity, we advise clients on day-to-day issues affecting their relationships with their vendors, customers, directors, officers, equity holders and employees.
Matthew B. Schiff and Kathryn C. Nadro author article entitled “Internal Whistleblowers: SCOTUS Review of Dodd-Frank to Change the Landscape” for the October 2017 edition of The Corporate Counselor
Matthew B. Schiff and Kathryn C. Nadro authored an article appearing in the October 2017 edition of The Corporate Counselor entitled “Internal Whistleblowers: SCOTUS Review of Dodd-Frank to Change the Landscape.” The article analyzes Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers, a case appearing before the Supreme Court this term. The Supreme Court’s ruling is highly anticipated as it will clarify the interplay between whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act versus the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and potentially redefine how employers respond to internal whistleblowers.
Jonathan Friedland, Elizabeth Vandesteeg and Jeffrey Goldberg author article entitled, “Litigation Risk Mitigation Through the Use of Third Party Litigation Funding” published by The Corporate Counselor
The August 2017 issue of The Corporate Counselor includes an article authored by Jonathan Friedland, Elizabeth Vandesteeg and Jeffrey Goldberg. The article, entitled, “Litigation Risk Mitigation Through the Use of Third-Party Litigation Funding” discusses the growing trend of plaintiffs seeking an investor to finance litigation.
Jonathan Friedland authored an article entitled “Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap” on the Financial Poise website.
On January 24, 2017, Financial Poise published an article written by Jonathan Friedland entitled “Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap.”
Jonathan Friedland authors article entitled “The Risks of Being an Early Investor Pebble: One Company, Many Lessons” on the Financial Poise website.
On January 9, 2017, Financial Poise published an article written by Jonathan Friedland entitled “The Risks of Being an Early Investor Pebble: One Company, Many Lessons.”
SFGH Partner Jonathan Friedland’s latest article, "The History of Private Equity and Venture Capital – Sort of Like Ray’s Pizza (and the Lion King, for that matter)", was recently published by Financial Poise.
The Financial Poise website features Jonathan Friedland’s article titled, “Has the Startup Scene Jumped the Shark?”
The Limits of Limited Liability for Corporate Officers, Directors, and Shareholders: Eleven Things You Need To Know
David Madden analyzes Illinois statutory and common law imposing liability upon corporate principles.
SFGH is pleased to announce Mark Melickian will speak at a West LegalEd Center/Financial Poise webinar titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Planning and Running Effective Board Meetings.”
On August 13, 2018, SFGH partner Mark Melickian will speak at a West LegalEd Center/Financial Poise webinar titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Planning and Running Effective Board Meetings.”
SFGH partner Vanessa Schoenthaler to speak at Financial Poise/West LegalEd Center webinar titled “Securities Law: An Overview.”
On June 26, 2018, SFGH partner Vanessa Schoenthaler will speak at a Financial Poise/West LegalEd Center webinar titled “Securities Law: An Overview.”
In January 2014, Richard Sugar of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP was appointed Chairman of the Advisors Network for the Lake Forest Business Accelerator, a public-private business incubator.
Board Meetings and Committees: How to Plan and Execute for Effective Board Meetings and Committee Formation
Mark S. Melickian moderated a panel sponsored by The City of Chicago and The Community Economic Law Development Project to Board leaders of Chicago-area not-for-profit organizations on planning and executing effective Board meetings and forming effective Board committees.
Our Business Transactions attorneys' recent and notable general business counseling engagements include:
Negotiated high level, key executive employment contracts for employees in connection with their employment by public institutions and major public companies, paying attention to such issues as incentive compensation, options, deferred compensation, fringe benefits, and restraints on post-employment behavior.
Strategically managed the prosecution of enforcement of restrictive covenants against employees who terminated employment with their employer and then violated their employment agreements by diverting customers and business.
General counsel to manufacturing company with hundreds of employees that was supplier to big box retailers.
Guided chief executive officer in negotiation of advantageous employment agreement with public consumer products company. Advised company on tax and restructuring issues in face of financial difficulties.
Obtained an IRS private ruling allowing a tax-free non-pro rata split off of two family owned businesses due to personality differences between third generation siblings. Following split off, retained over long term for general corporate and tax representation by one company and numerous family members.
Participated in development and formation of large chain of consumer retail service outlets. Continuing general corporate representation and assisted in obtaining operational financing. Represented company in strategic sales of outlets.
Represented national retail chain through growth to over 60 company-owned stores and over 40 franchised stores in general corporate matters, real estate leasing and property acquisition, franchisee relations, debt financing transactions and ultimate advantageous sale of all stock of the company to strategic buyer while retaining the real estate on long term advantageous leases to Buyer. Retained by Buyer for other legal work following closing of the transaction.
Represented of proprietary trading firm since formation, including initial capital raise and follow on investments, development and implementation of employee equity incentive plan and general corporate issue.
Representation of start up transportation company that has grown to one of the largest providers of livery services in the Chicago area in initial formation, equity offering, and follow on financing.
Represent family offices in structuring investments for their clients.
Represented family offices in structuring and implementing employment and equity participation arrangements for investment advisors.
Advised food industry start up business in formation of the company and expansion to multiple locations in Chicago.