We consider ourselves “lifecycle lawyers,” and for many of our established entrepreneur clients, we have reincarnated multiple times together. From balancing the conflicting needs of founders and investors, crafting sensible commercial arrangements with third parties, to negotiating sustainable financing arrangements, the same battles are often fought on different terrains. We are adept at navigating the often treacherous landscape of commercial negotiations. Rather than merely dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, we embrace the substantive role of the business lawyer. Our lawyers have the technical tools and commercial savvy to utilize the entire legal alphabet to move your business forward.
Our Corporate practice is led by Ben Wolkov, who was chosen by his peers for the 2023 “Best Lawyers in America” distinction for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law.
Outside General Counsel Services
At Caldera, we take a holistic approach to our client’s needs and many of them refer to us as their “outside general counsel.” In this function, our attorneys have, in the past five years alone, helped clients generate billions of dollars in equity value across multiple industries.
Caldera Law’s M&A practice covers multiple jurisdictions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is a natural extension of our Corporate Law and Outside General Counsel Services practice. Our institutional knowledge of our clients’ businesses gives us the opportunity to efficiently lawyer their sale transaction so that they can maximize their value at exit and protect it from claw-back, post-closing. For sell-side clients that we do not have a historical relationship with, we roll up our sleeves and draw on our considerable experience to understand the business and its vulnerabilities before the buyer and its counsel does. Given our frequent role as buyer-side counsel on M&A deals, we are better poised to see what’s coming around the bend.
On the buy-side, we regularly represent private equity firms, strategic buyers, and management buyers across a wide-swath of industries. We also regularly represent our clients in connection to the debt and equity financing of acquisitions.
Our “sweet spot” is lower-middle to middle-market M&A transactions, although we regularly represent clients on smaller and larger transactions. For our clients who require or request that we bring in national or international law firms for larger ticket transactions, we facilitate the relevant introductions using our contacts and relationships from our time at and working alongside “Big Law.” We play really well in the sandbox.
In the course of representing our clients on corporate and transactional matters, we identify and advise on substantive and procedural intellectual property issues. We regularly assist clients in registering their IP (trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc.). In addition, we bring to bear all available contractual tools to protect our clients’ intellectual property and have significant experience in the enforcement of those rights including through pre-suit negotiations, litigation, and arbitration proceedings. We are also well-versed and experienced in the protection of trade secrets and enforcement activity related to the same.