Nationally ranked in Corporate law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and recognized by Chambers USA, the worldwide leader in law firm rankings, with a Band 1 rating for Corporate/M&A, Chambers has described the HSE corporate team as having “big market capabilities without NYC prices.”

HSE corporate attorneys provide private and public companies with comprehensive counseling and assistance on day-to-day legal, operational, and regulatory issues, as well as on significant milestones in a company’s lifecycle such as seed and venture financing, acquisitions and mergers, strategic planning, and leadership transitions.

Our clients include companies of all sizes – from entrepreneurs and start-ups to Fortune 100 multinational and nonprofit organizations. Leveraging industry experience to provide strategic advice, we counsel companies in a variety of industries including agriculture, financial services, food and beverage, health care, higher education, manufacturers, retail, and technology.

Our corporate lawyers are leaders in their field, with deep experience advising on matters including:

We deploy a team and multidisciplinary approach to our client service by utilizing attorneys in the firm’s other areas of practice relevant to a client’s needs and success including employee benefits and executive compensation, environmental, government affairs, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, privacy and data security, securities & capital markets, tax and trusts and estates.

Keys to Effective and Efficient Contracting: Understanding Business Priorities and Risk Tolerance

Where we start:  HSE’s Corporate group is often approached by regional and national companies that have a large volume of contracts with vendors and clients. They want solid legal advice and contracts that protect their interests and business relationships. But they also need efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Our strategy:  Whether the agreement is for a licensing arrangement, the provision of goods or services, or other business needs, our Corporate team focuses on understanding a client’s needs, goals, and risk tolerance. Where appropriate, we develop template agreements – reflecting a client’s business priorities – which can be tailored more efficiently and cost effectively to a given circumstance or business relationship. We educate clients on possible risks, while also anticipating and preventing roadblocks or working around them should they surface. We stay attuned to business needs arising from the larger context of a transaction: industry trends, the financial health or distress of the client, economic forces, and other dynamics.

The outcome:  With a deep bench of experienced corporate lawyers, HSE’s team handles a large volume of contracts and contract claims while consistently providing market-leading service and cost-effectiveness.

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