Gould & Ratner’s Corporate Practice provides clients with sophisticated legal and business advice in areas ranging from business formation through business succession or the sale of a company.

We counsel institutions and executive teams, funds, prominent family business owners, entrepreneurs and other wealthy individuals on a variety of sophisticated and complex domestic and foreign transactions and business law issues including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Operating agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Executive employment and compensation arrangements

In the past decade, we have handled more than $8 billion in transactions. On average each year, we close 25 merger and acquisition transactions (up to $1 billion in value), 20 venture capital and 20 bank financings.

Supporting the Business Goals of Our Clients

Our lawyers understand the importance of addressing transactional and operational issues from a perspective that not only protects legal interests, but supports the business goals and growth sought by our clients.

Transactional Team Approach

Our corporate lawyers pride themselves on their ability to create the right team for any transaction. The firm’s vast experience in federal and state taxes, environmental regulatory matters, employee benefits, intellectual property, real estate and finance is always readily available to be tapped into in connection with the purchase or sale of a business or other complicated transaction.

Global Reach

Gould & Ratner’s affiliation with LawExchange International allows the firm to make available the same personal service and attention to detail worldwide that the firm provides in Chicago and the rest of the United States.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Chicago-based digital healthcare agency in its sale to a global commercialization partner for the life sciences industry.
  • Represented a leading inventor in several licensing and collaborative research agreements with leading medical device manufacturers.
  • Represented a banking software developer in several license agreements with banks for customer relationship management software.
  • Represented a developer of communications software in license, maintenance, and escrow arrangements with several customers.
  • Representation for the acquisition and sale of numerous wireless markets, including systems in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin             and North Carolina by an entrepreneurial regional wireless carrier.
  • Represented an Oregon-based manufacturer of photo voltaic inverters merger into a public company for up to $90 million.
  • Represented a prominent private equity fund purchase of a package of several construction and circuit board manufacturing businesses in the Midwest and Southeast.
  • Represented a leading commercial bank making a $40 million loan to a real estate developer in several states.
  • Represented the purchaser of a leading novelty consumer products company after significant debt restructure and other workouts and equity infusion.
  • Represented the sale of a manufacturer of tire pressure gauges for mid-eight figures.
  • Successfully represented a minority owner of an emerging technology business in a partner dispute leading to settlement through mediation.
  • Advised an early-stage technology company in its preparation for an equity based crowdfunding campaign.
  • Negotiated a $7 million private placement for an early-stage transportation logistics company and advised the management team in formulating and implementing an exit strategy.
  • Represented an entrepreneur in the sale of a start-up power generation company to one of the country’s largest providers of electric power.
  • Successfully represented a Chinese tool-and-die manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar dispute with the U.S. division of a global equipment company.
  • Structured and drafted long-term incentive compensation program in the form of a “phantom equity” plan for fast-growing technology-related company.
  • Fully negotiated acquisition of distressed manufacturing business by competitor through the use of creative financing structure and the government’s SBA 7(a) program.
  • Represented a hospitality company in the disposition of a portfolio of Holiday Inn Hotels, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and all aspects of closing of the transaction.



Corporate Team