Preti Flaherty has one of the largest and most accomplished Corporate and M&A Practice 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 Corporate and M&A 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 Corporate and M&A Practice 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

Press Coverage

More Reminders of the Shortcomings of Maine’s Freedom of Access Law

As part of an editorial marking Sunshine Week , the annual celebration started by the American Society of News Editors to recognize the importance of open government, Preti Flaherty attorney Sig Schutz is quoted by the  Bangor...

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Identifying and Preventing Inappropriate Comments at Work

Employers are starting to establish a new workplace normal. Employees are often returning to work in an environment that is dramatically different than the one they left two years ago. How we communicate with...

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H-2B Temporary Visas: Additional 35,000 Coming in Second Half of FY 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas...

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Attorney Crystal L. Bulges Joins Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Crystal L. Bulges has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, working in the Portland office. Crystal brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience...

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From Maine to Kushan: Teaching the U.S. Legal System in China

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeff Thaler was recently the subject of an essay written by one of his former students at Duke Kushan University (DKU). In 2019, Jeff spent time at DKU serving as a...

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Employers May See Increased Accommodation Requests in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for employers. As more employees return to the office in 2022—whether full-time or on a hybrid schedule—employers will face difficult compliance questions and, most likely...

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Proposed EPA Rule Would Tighten Emissions Standards at Affected Power Plants and Industrial Sources

On April 6, the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) in 26 states that the agency says are impacting the ability of downwind states to...

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FY2023 H-1B Season – Key Facts for Employers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the H-1B initial registration period for the FY 2023 cap is scheduled to open at noon ET on March 1, 2022 and will remain open until noon ET...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, Ellie Quinby, and Katherine Oaks filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...