Businesses are built on various types of transactions, from initial organization to company dissolution. Owners constantly engage in agreements like service contracts, commercial real estate acquisitions, and commercial leases. Inadequate contract formation puts your business at significant risk. Noncompliance with state and local laws can lead to legal liability, while disadvantageous terms can undermine your business interests. For example, without skilled legal representation, a business owner may unintentionally purchase or acquire seller liabilities, such as FLSA, labor, or tax issues.
The lawyers of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group recognize the value in these transactions and how vital they are to the success of a business. Our attorneys have worked with numerous business owners to ensure that their transactions are crafted in a manner that advances their business and personal interests, while also protecting their investments. We do not use a solely transactional perspective when reviewing client contracts. Our lawyers also consider the possibility of litigation, so we can proactively position your business for success should litigation become necessary. We strive to provide each client with a well-rounded scope of representation, so you can count on our transactional services for your personal projects, as well as business-related real estate acquisitions.
Our lawyers regularly counsel corporations and businesses on various types of corporate transactions. They have a unique insight into the community in which they practice and the specific dynamics that may affect the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of an agreement.
Our transactional work includes such corporate transactions as:
- Service agreements
- Business entity creation
- Articles of organization
- Corporate by-laws
- Operating agreements
- Merger and conversion plans
Whether your business is focused on simple agreements or complex projects, our experienced New York corporate transaction attorneys stand ready to meet the specific needs of your business.
Real Estate Transactions (buy, sell, lease, develop)
The lawyers of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group recognize that most business are intrinsically involved in the sale, lease or purchase of real estate. Unlike most law firms, our attorneys recognize that these diverse and complex transactions have far-reaching consequences, particularly in response to ever-changing regulations and a fluctuating economy. As business owners within the community, our lawyers draw on their own experiences, in combination with an extensive legal expertise, to assist with all aspects of your business and personal real estate transactions, from construction to financing and taxation.
Our lawyers are uniquely skilled at handling such real estate transaction issues as:
- Acquisition and disposition
- Commercial Leasing and Ground Leases
- Environmental regulations
- Loan Negotiations
- Covenants and restrictions
- Entity formation for real estate projects
With legal representation from our lawyers, business leaders benefit from an inclusive view of their real estate transactions, so that you receive professional counsel for all aspects of the transaction. The extent of our knowledge and experience allows us to effectively represent our business clients in virtually any real estate transaction, from residential matters to industrial and commercial transactions.
Banks and lenders need experienced representation when conducting loan transactions. Whether it’s a commercial or residential purchase, a refinance agreement, or a construction financing, our lawyers bring a unique expertise to the table that New York lenders have come to trust.
Our lender clients have worked with us for years, and they recognize the value that our attorneys bring to the table. The attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group are proudly included on more than five banking panels, exemplifying the firm’s stellar reputation among the local banking industry. Real estate is a key component of our practice, and we work to reach solutions that address your most pressing matters, while always advancing your organization’s interests.
Corporate Structuring & Asset Protection
Business owners need reliable legal counsel when making decisions about the structure and assets of their investments. The wrong advice can hinder the business and leave the owner vulnerable to personal liability. The attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group have years of corporate experience, both as business owners and skilled lawyers. They know how to help you make sound business decisions, so you can protect your business, as well as your assets.
Corporate/Entity Structuring and Reorganization
Our industry-leading corporate structuring attorneys have extensive experience in the reorganization and restructuring of various business entities, including partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. Our years of practical and legal experience makes us uniquely qualified to provide business leaders with knowledgeable advice they can depend on when determining the best course of action for their professional needs.
Whether your business operates solely within the state of New York or throughout the United States, the lawyers of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group are your trusted source for seamless counsel related to such matters as:
- Tax-Driven Reorganizations
- Spin-off and Carve-out Transactions
- Merger integration
Our extensive experience has given us a valuable insight into the financial, operational, tax and legal implications of corporate structuring and reorganization. With our sophisticated approach to corporate structuring, business leaders receive the professional guidance they need to obtain the optimal configuration for their business goals.
Business Succession Plans
As a successful business leader, you have likely put years of planning and vision into crafting your investment – but how much thought have you given to the future of your business if you are not here to run it? It’s an unpleasant realization, but one that responsible business owners must take seriously.
At Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group, we have seen the unfortunate consequences of failing to create a business succession plan. Decades of commitment and hard work can be lost, leaving loved ones, employees, partners and shareholders devastated. We work with our clients to create comprehensive business succession plans that address the future of your business should you die or become incapacitated.
Death is a guarantee in life. Protect your legacy by working with our skilled New York corporate attorneys to create a carefully-crafted succession plan that ensures the timely and efficient transfer of your business.
Asset Protection Plans
Profit is only one aspect of corporate management. It’s also vitally important to implement a plan for the protection of your assets, so you can continuously grow your business, while providing yourself and your loved ones with financial security. As you work to accomplish these goals, rely on Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group to provide the comprehensive legal support you need.
Our skilled attorneys assist with all aspects of establishing and implementing a beneficial asset protection plan. We offer the legal tools necessary to protect what you have worked so hard to build, helping you navigate through such issues as:
- Creditor claims against your business
- Personal and professional protection from court judgments
- Asset loss after a divorce
- Practical business planning
- Estate taxes
The keys to asset protection are identifying potential threats to your wealth and implementing strategies to minimize those threats. While many law firms only focus on minimizing the most obvious threats, our attorneys work with you to proactively identify obscure asset risks and employ the legal tools to eliminate them.
Whether it’s the creation of a trust, making insurance coverage decisions or choosing the most appropriate business structure, our experienced New York asset protection lawyers help keep your assets safe throughout all stages of the wealth-building process.
Traditional Estate Planning
Traditional estate planning becomes more complex when you are a business owner. In addition to the general aspects of estate planning, you must also consider issues like estate taxes and the separate business interests of heirs. Inadequate estate planning can lead to the unsatisfactory disposition of the business assets, strained family relationships, and expensive litigation for those you leave behind.
Our knowledgeable attorneys assist business owners with various types of estate planning issues, including those related to living trusts and buy-sell agreements. They understand the connection between succession and estate planning, working with you to accomplish both in a timely and efficient manner. You built your business for your family, as well as yourself. Trust the attorneys of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group to help ensure that your heirs continuously benefit from your hard work.
Chapter 11 Reorganization Plans
No business owner wants to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but sometimes financial circumstances make this complex legal process the only viable option. Much is at stake in a Chapter 11 filing and business owners should not navigate this course of action without the benefit of a knowledgeable law firm by their side.
The Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization essentially explains how the business will handle creditor claims following the bankruptcy. Once the plan is submitted, impaired creditors vote on its acceptance before the court can confirm. If creditors do not agree with the submitted reorganization plan, they can propose their own for consideration by the other creditors and the court. There are rigid timelines that must be followed, as well as determinations about the feasibility of submitted plans.
This process can be difficult to traverse without the expertise of a skilled New York Chapter 11 attorney. At Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group, our lawyers have the skill and knowledge to guide you through the Chapter 11 Reorganization planning process, so that you can maintain your business and protect your investment to the fullest extent.