Gunster consistently cultivates the breadth of legal and business knowledge needed to advise companies from the first round of financing, to the initial public offering and beyond. Our firm is dedicated to providing legal counsel that adds value and achieves our clients’ goals. We also strive to deliver practical and cost-effective solutions to complicated corporate governance and securities issues. Gunster seeks to provide public and private companies and their executives with the business experience and quality legal counsel expected from a major money-center law firm. At the same time, Gunster’s dedication to small and midcap companies allows our attorneys to embrace clients sometimes overlooked by other large law firms. As Florida’s law firm for business, Gunster advises commercial organizations on a wide range of corporate legal analysis and business-oriented legal counsel at every stage of growth.
Gunster’s Securities and Corporate Governance team structures a variety of securities offerings, and continuously endeavors to solve unique securities challenges. Our attorneys have been involved in private equity placements, as well as initial and later stage public offerings. In addition to providing counsel to companies raising capital, our attorneys also represent underwriters and placement agents. Gunster regularly participates in transactions faced by commercial enterprises and individuals, a sampling of which includes:
- Private placements
- Initial public offerings
- Follow-on offerings
- Venture and private equity financing
- Angel financing
- Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions
Our attorneys work with publicly held business clients to prepare periodic reports and registration and proxy statements. Gunster’s team prepares filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities commissions, as well as advises boards of directors and board committees on a host of corporate governance, stock exchange listings and compliance matters. The firm strives to scale its representation to fit each client’s individual needs, ranging from a simple rules check to ensure the client’s filings are in compliance with constantly changing rules, to a more comprehensive approach where our attorneys are more actively involved.
Our goal is to serve as trusted legal advisor to boards of directors and committees faced with high-risk situations. When a client is at a critical juncture, our attorneys aim to deliver the steadfast, independent counsel that can only be gained by a firm that has advised many similarly situated clients. Gunster attorneys advise boards and board committees of public and private companies on a wide range of matters, including securities offerings, internal investigations, mergers and acquisitions, as well as bet-the-company litigation. Gunster attorneys are committed to designing a sturdy legal framework that incorporates best practices and commercial objectives.
Our team of professionals works diligently with clients to structure executive compensation and benefit programs, including competitive equity and non-equity plans and agreements. For example, Gunster attorneys advise on stock option plans, consulting agreements, phantom stock plans, bonus and performance plans, executive employment and severance agreements, deferred compensation and employee stock purchase plans, and supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs). Our lawyers strive to develop and document employment agreements that not only assist with the recruitment and retention of key executives, but also mitigate the potential for future disputes.
The defense of securities and corporate governance claims requires seasoned judgment and coordinated teamwork. Whether our client is a fast-growing high-tech company or a Fortune 100 international organization, Gunster’s mission is to serve as the law firm to which Florida businesses turn when confronted with securities litigation. Our attorneys defend businesses, officers and directors against a wide variety of claims, including class and derivative securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, accounting irregularities, insider trading, white-collar securities defense and enforcement actions, proxy solicitation claims, and shareholder litigation relating to going-private transactions.
Gunster’s Securities and Corporate Governance attorneys continually aspire to be known as thought leaders and innovators. Select team members have worked for Wall Street law firms and as in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies, and are invited to serve as speakers and educators at important business and legal conferences. Gunster attorneys are also solicited for opinions by the media on new developments in securities laws. In addition, the firm publishes a blog about securities law, www.thesecuritiesedge.com. The goal of the blog is to addresses important issues of the day in an easy-to-understand voice and format designed to keep executives up to speed and running their businesses.