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Since its founding in 1968, Ferris & Britton has focused principally on representing both established and emerging businesses. This focus has allowed us to achieve an outstanding reputation in the areas of law that are common to all businesses and their owners, as well as in a number of specialized market segments with unique legal issues.

As a result, today a wide range of business leaders and companies rely on Ferris & Britton for advice and assistance in understanding and coping with the following legal and business challenges:

  • Entity formation, including organizational form, place of formation and equity structure;
  • Equity raising, privately and publicly, including private debt and/or equity offerings, public offerings, mergers, and negotiation and documentation of joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate partnerships;
  • Executive compensation, including employment agreements, stock options and phantom stock plans;
  • Labor relations and employment law compliance, coping with unions, and employment liability claims;
  • Facility lease or purchase, negotiation and documentation;
  • Regulatory and compliance issues, including both federal and state securities regulation and regulation unique to the broadband telecommunications industry;
  • Anti-trust and other unfair competition matters, including federal and state laws;
  • Tax reduction planning, including both federal and state income and estate taxes;
  • Family business succession, including family limited partnership and valuation freezes;
  • Shareholder agreements, including buy-sell agreements and voting arrangements;
  • Exit strategies, including closely-held and other businesses; and
  • General commercial law, including import/export licensing, commercial code and other matters.

Ferris & Britton's clients include entrepreneurial ventures, national and multi-national corporations, local and regional businesses and their owners. We represent a wide variety of specialized industries, including:

  • Broadband telecommunications providers and carriers;
  • Biomedical and biotechnology companies;
  • Computer software and hardware companies;
  • Manufacturers;
  • The commercial fishing industry;
  • Wholesale and retail trade;
  • The real estate industry;
  • The construction industry;
  • Alcoholic beverage distributors; and
  • Professional service providers.

For more information about the firm's Business & Corporate Law practice see the Primerus web page.