Practice Areas

Business Law

Sherin and Lodgen represents a diverse group of clients for all kinds of business needs, from start-up to sale. These include businesses across all industries such as hospitality, nonprofit, manufacturing, real estate, and technology.

We’re especially deep in the areas of closely-held businesses, nonprofits, franchise and tax. We pride ourselves on helping clients clearly understand the issues of any particular transaction, offering practical, results-oriented advice and representation.

Our capabilities include:

  • Charitable and tax-exempt qualification
  • Contracts and licensing
  • Distribution
  • Employment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Executive compensation
  • Fundraising regulation
  • Franchise
  • Intellectual property (copyright, internet law, licensing, trademarks)
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Ownership structure
  • Private placements
  • Real estate
  • Sales of assets and stock
  • Shareholder buy-outs
  • Start-ups
  • Tax-exempt finance
  • Tax
  • Seller in largest sale of residential brokerage agency in US in 2016
  • Developer/sponsor in various joint ventures financing acquisition and/or initial construction/redevelopment of office, laboratory, hotel and multi-family projects involving over $300 million in total transaction value since 2014
  • Buyer-issuer in raising over $900 million in equity in largest (by acreage) private land purchase in US history
  • Developer/sponsor in recapitalizing major Pioneer Valley multifamily project in 2016
  • Merger of related organizations into single state affiliate of a national charity
  • Sale of assets of natural food manufacturer to large natural foods company
  • Transfer of ownership of corporate entities to next generation
  • Uniform franchise offerings circular for national franchises and registration of the offerings in appropriate registration states
  • Negotiation and purchase of national franchise operations
  • Application and registration of trademarks, service marks and copyrights
  • Negotiation of licensing agreements for software, restaurant and hospitality clients
  • Nonprofit Investigations by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, including whistle-blower claims, failure to disclose, related party transactions and failure to operate in accordance with charitable purpose

Our business law group represents clients across a wide range of industries including:

  • Construction
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Real estate
  • Renewable energy
  • Retail
  • Technology

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