Practice Area


As outside counsel to multinational and Fortune 500 corporations and small and mid-sized companies, Patterson Belknap advises on the full range of business activities. Understanding that every client's needs are different, we adjust our approach to the representation as appropriate in each case. For some clients, we function as sole legal counsel, providing critical advice on day-to-day issues and operations, as well as transactional representation. In other cases, we work together with in-house legal departments, teaming up to address highly specific areas of the law, often with respect to major transactions. Regardless of the scope or context of our representation, though, our goal is always to assist our client in achieving its business objectives in the most advantageous and efficient manner possible.

We counsel clients with respect to entity formation, governance, daily operations, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, going private transactions, loan transactions, equity and debt financing through public offerings and private placements and regulatory compliance.

We advise public companies on day-to-day operations, strategic corporate initiatives, corporate governance issues, compliance standards and reporting requirements, including those mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, and represent clients in proceedings before the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA), and other regulatory bodies. Additionally, we have extensive experience in transnational acquisitions and divestitures and in counseling non-U.S. entities, particularly those with or contemplating American Depository Receipt programs, on the effects of U.S. securities laws on such companies.

In contrast to many New York City law firms of its size and sophistication, Patterson Belknap enjoys and highly values working with start-up companies. We take pride in developing lasting relationships of trust with our clients, starting with the earliest phase of their operations and continuing as they grow, mature and succeed. We team with our clients to structure new ventures and proactively plan for and address any legal issues that may arise. This approach helps protect clients from unnecessary risks as they focus on building and growing their businesses. From the organization of the business entity, to early stage financings, to the IPO and beyond, a well-rounded business lawyer can guide the fledgling company through the many complex legal and business issues it will face as it enters and competes in the marketplace.

Whatever the context of our representation, our corporate lawyers integrate with our intellectual property, real estate, environmental, exempt organizations, litigation, creditors' rights, employment, employee benefits, personal planning and tax groups in delivering superior services to our clients.

As a single-office New York firm, Patterson Belknap and its corporate lawyers have tight quality control and close coordination in the delivery of services to our clients. Our corporate practice group includes approximately 40 attorneys able to meet the varied needs of our clients' businesses in numerous industries in the U.S. and abroad. When clients require advice on international operations, Patterson Belknap lawyers work hand-in-hand with a tight-knit and well-vetted network of international correspondent firms. In this way, clients with international legal needs are serviced by trusted lawyers with whom we have developed close working relationships over the years. Frequently, this allows for a more cost-effective representation than if the matter is handled by a U.S. firm with multinational operations.

We deliver pragmatic advice to deal with both challenges and opportunities in a cost-effective manner, with appropriate staffing and with a strong emphasis on deal team and client continuity. This assures that our clients receive personal attention and high quality work from attorneys they know and who know them and have a knowledge of and concern for their businesses and objectives. Our "top of the charts" mid-level associate satisfaction ranking among New York City law firms is an indicator of our ability to attract, develop and retain great associate talent, which helps us deliver better service and continuity to our clients. As a result of these and other aspects of quality services we provide, many of our clients have been with us for decades.