Mergers and acquisitions in Oregon and elsewhere can be financially complicated. Sometimes, the purchase price for acquiring another company is paid partly or totally in shares of stock of the purchasing company. Such transactions may contain risk but generally a team of business law attorneys and financial experts calculate the elements and benefits of the transaction very carefully in advance.
With the adoption by the European Union of new privacy protections, the use of customers’ data by businesses will be under increasing scrutiny in the U.S. as well as in Europe. The new protections take effect today.
The validity and enforcement of arbitration clauses in contracts has been a volatile issue in business litigation courts in Oregon and the rest of the country. Such clauses come up in a number of contexts. Some are inserted in credit card contracts to compel consumers to arbitrate disputes rather than sue the company. They exist widely in contracts between businesses, calling for arbitration instead of litigation.
Business attorneys in Oregon often encounter new companies being formed through the means of venture capital investments funding just for innovative startup companies. The founders of most startups also take on a degree of risk as do all business owners. Business formation in this context often involves the participation of a business law attorney who is experienced and adept in working with entrepreneurial ventures.
Legal disputes in Oregon and elsewhere do not always involve exclusively private business interests. There are often public agencies and municipal authorities that are involved in business litigation controversies. Public entities execute many contracts with private companies for services and products, opening the door for conflicts and disputes that sometimes make their way into the state and federal court system for resolution.
Business formation in Oregon may include the situation where a business law firm represents a new startup venture that is formed by experienced executives in a certain industry. An example of such a new business formation occurred recently in another state when two fleet trailer executives started a new company called Boxwheel Trailer Leasing, LLC. The company was backed with a significant capital investment from Crosstimbers Capital Group, a private investment firm.