How does the court calculate damages in trade secrets misappropriation cases? Learn how to measure actual loss, reasonable royalty rates and other remedies.
Employees Have Retirements Staked on Company Success An employee stock ownership plan, commonly referred to as an ESOP, offers a range of benefits for sponsor companies, in addition to its owners and employees. As a qualified employee benefit plan, an ESOP is designed to provide retirement benefits to employees, and is similar to that of […]
Does Legacy Rate Higher with You, or Pure Profit? Thinking about selling your business? Is maintaining its integrity and mission more important to you than pure profit? Then an Employee Stock Ownership Plan may be something to consider. Some business owners simply want to derive the highest value from the sale of their company, and […]
What Makes a Successful Board Member? [Editor’s Note: if you are an experienced CEO, CFO or another executive, you may be thinking about putting your hat in the ring to be a director of another company. Or, perhaps you are the owner or a board member of a company looking for an outside director. Either […]
Family Businesses Need Strategies to Govern Both the Family and the Business Family businesses are unique and the way they are run differs from family to family. Each business has varying degrees of corporate governance. Formal governance structures grow as the business grows and becomes more complex. Governance processes trail business needs in most situations. When […]
Conflicts between business partners are nearly inevitable. Thankfully, there are a number of ways for parties to negotiate up-front. Precautionary agreements give you space to resolve issues more easily or, at least, provide a picture of what the result will be when resolution is not possible.
Lessons in Structuring Family Office Structures The number and sophistication of family offices has grown substantially over the past several decades. In fact, some estimates suggest that there are more than 3,000 family offices managing trillions in private wealth. This growing prevalence has fueled a surge in demand for highly-trained professionals capable of handling the […]
Death and the Distribution of a Descendant’s Dough A trustee manages the assets, distributions and other obligations under a trust agreement. A corporate trustee is an entity, such as a bank-owned or independent trust company. There are many types of trusts. One of the more common is a testamentary trust. A testamentary trust is a […]
Private Company Board Strategies Create Advantage Strategy has been defined as the art of finding an unfair competitive advantage in the marketplace. It is implemented through defined objectives, strategies and tactics. Whether public or private, driving strategy is how boards create value. Public companies tend to have well-staffed strategy groups, of which M&A is one […]
Successful firms view their boards of directors as competitive weapons. Boards impact the most important business matters. And, since they are expensive and consume substantial time, a board of directors needs to be effective in their impact.