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Foster Swift business and tax attorneys help business owners, executives and managers address legal issues at every stage of the business life cycle. By providing a comprehensive team of attorneys, we are able to build long term relationships with our clients that focus on success in every phase of the cycle.

Recognized by their peers as leaders, several Foster Swift Business and Tax attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.

For decades, the attorneys in the Business and Tax Practice Group have assisted start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies with:

  • Entity selection, formation and organization planning
  • Commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions including asset or stock acquisitions or sales
  • Counsel for securities offerings in compliance with federal and state securities laws
  • SEC reporting requirements, executive compensation issues, disclosure issues and general corporate governance matters
  • Contract preparation, compensation plan preparation and general corporate counseling
  • Succession and exit planning
  • International expansion, joint ventures, immigration and U.S. import/export controls
  • Federal and state tax planning
  • Shareholder dispute resolution
  • Construction and real estate issues
  • Intellectual property and information technology issues.
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy
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We provide services to a wide variety of industry sectors and business types.  Two emerging areas for the practice group are public finance and sports and entertainment law. Our Business and Tax attorneys collaborate with Foster Swift attorneys in other areas and industry experts to cost effectively meet the legal needs of a business.

Successful representations

  • Foster Swift attorney Alexander S. Rusek represented a corporate client and its employee in a criminal prosecution and secured the dismissal of two misdemeanor charges. Rusek successfully negotiated a dismissal of the criminal charges resulting in a de minimis fine for the client.
  • A publicly-traded company hired Foster Swift to handle two registered secondary offerings involving an aggregate offering price of approximately $18 million.
  • A growing manufacturing company retained Foster Swift to design, develop and implement a multi-state, multi-industry acquisition strategy which to date has successfully acquired three companies in three states with a combined value of $35 million.
  • A business client needed help with the formation of a bank holding company and state chartered bank.  Our attorneys handled these matters together with private placement offerings of $8.5 million and $3.3 million of common stock.
  • An issuer needed counsel on a going-private transaction. On its behalf, Foster Swift managed the going-private transaction and a $10 million trust preferred securities offering.
  • A multi-national insurance holding company hired Foster Swift.  We helped the entity restructure and reorganize.
  • A state-chartered bank wanted to acquire multiple branch locations and needed counsel.  It hired Foster Swift, and the deals were done.
  • A publicly-traded bank holding company hired Foster Swift and completed a registered purchase of a bank holding company.
  • Various purchasers hired us to handle a $3.2 million insurance agency acquisition and, separately, the $6.5 million acquisition of oil and gas equipment.
  • Various sellers hired Foster Swift for a $42 million sale of an original equipment manufacturer and, separately, a $9.3 million sale of an engineering firm.

Today’s business climate rewards those who are well prepared and strategic, particularly when it comes to adhering to challenges.  A strong relationship with an experienced attorney can make a significant difference in the evolution of a business. Foster Swift business attorneys deliver cost-effective, responsive legal services for sophisticated transactions and business needs while creating innovative solutions to clients’ legal challenges.

Foster Swift has been named a Tier 1 firm in Corporate Law in Lansing and Grand Rapids by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in 2014, 2016-2021 and 2023-2024.

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Concerns and Obligations for Businesses Under the Corporate Transparency Act
Concerns and Obligations for Businesses Under the Corporate Transparency Act
What Businesses Need to Know About the MTA
What Businesses Need to Know About the MTA
Key Considerations For Selling A Business
Key Considerations For Selling A Business
Closing 2022 with Year-End Best Practices for Businesses
Closing 2022 with Year-End Best Practices for Businesses
Why Trademarks Can Be One of Your Most Valuable Assets
Why Trademarks Can Be One of Your Most Valuable Assets
Learn the Basics of Women Owned Small Business Certification
Learn the Basics of Women Owned Small Business Certification
How Will the CTA Affect Your Business?
How Will the CTA Affect Your Business?

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Tax Planning for Farm Losses
Tax Planning for Farm Losses
Foster Swift Deal Team Intro
Foster Swift Deal Team Intro
Key Considerations When Selling a Business
Key Considerations When Selling a Business
Qualified Opportunity Funds
Qualified Opportunity Funds
Michigan Sales Tax Update
Michigan Sales Tax Update
Key Considerations When Buying a Business
Key Considerations When Buying a Business
Get It in Writing: Contracts
Get It in Writing: Contracts

Legal Strategies for Women Leaders

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification: Process, Requirements and Benefits
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification: Process, Requirements and Benefits
Protecting Your Business and Assets when the Marriage Fails
Protecting Your Business and Assets when the Marriage Fails
Why Selecting the Right Legal Counsel is Essential to Your Business
Why Selecting the Right Legal Counsel is Essential to Your Business
Learn Executive Compensation Options & Negotiation
Learn Executive Compensation Options & Negotiation

Small Business Resources

Crowdfunding: Update on Title III Rules
Crowdfunding: Update on Title III Rules
Record Retention
Record Retention
How to Form an LLC
How to Form an LLC

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