Preti Flaherty has one of the largest and most accomplished business law groups in New England—more than 25 attorneys bringing reputable strengths and capabilities to a diverse range of business specialties. We’re guided by the idea that good business lawyers don’t just solve problems, they create opportunities. And that’s exactly what we do. Whether it’s a start-up business in early stages of formation and financing, or a global corporation with divisions spanning North America and other continents, we serve as business partners to our clients and help clear a path for accomplishing their goals. Our success can be seen in the long-term relationships we build. Our clients turn to us for more than their major transactions, they trust us to guide them and diligently pursue their interests as they grow and evolve on a day-to-day basis.

Our business law attorneys provide a full range of legal services, including:

  • Business formation
  • Securities offerings
  • Venture capital and private equity financing
  • Commercial contract drafting, negotiation and dispute resolution
  • Technology protection and licensing
  • Executive compensation planning
  • Debt financing (borrower side)
  • Counseling for profit and nonprofit officers and directors
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Franchising
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Tax planning
  • Commercial lending and banking transactions

Dedicated to getting it done

Through the lifecycle of every business, we’re committed to providing informed, practical advice at every stage. Whether it’s a simple, routine matter such as reviewing a nondisclosure agreement or assisting with negotiating terms and conditions of sale, or a complex lending transaction, acquisition or divestiture, we have attorneys with the skills and experience to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for your business needs. Each business client is assigned a lead lawyer who is fully immersed in their needs, goals and challenges. By having this “gatekeeper,” we have a clear short and long-term view. We then draw on the talents of our extended business law group as needed for specialized capabilities in taxation, securities, investments and financing, contracts and more, giving clients the best counsel for every aspect of their business. Our business lawyers also regularly tap into the knowledge of our other practice groups, including regulatory, legislative, intellectual property, real estate, employment, tax and litigation, to look through every lens and create thorough, strategic, and streamlined solutions.

Firm Highlights

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COVID-19 and 401(k) Plans—Ability to Suspend Employer Contributions

As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, many employers are looking to conserve cash in order to continue operations.  Some may wonder whether they can suspend employer contributions to 401(k) plans. Suspension of contributions...

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COVID-19 and Contractual Non-Performance

Managing Risk on Existing Projects In contractual relationships extreme events may occur through no fault of the impacted party, temporarily inhibiting or completely preventing performance. During this pandemic, the inability of businesses to provide...

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Eighteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex...

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Funding Programs For Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

We know our business clients are facing unprecedented uncertainty and questions as the world grapples with the implications of COVID-19. The flood of news and information is coming rapidly and can be overwhelming. At...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...