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Understanding Your Business

“Hell, there are no rules here – We’re trying to accomplish something!” – Thomas A. Edison

We understand the sentiment. If only it were the case! The truth is that we have an increasingly complex business environment with an abundance of laws, rules, and regulations. We help our clients navigate this environment to accomplish their objectives and avoid obstacles. This means investing the time necessary to understand our clients’ businesses, anticipating our clients’ needs, and clearly communicating the scope and nature of our deliverables and the costs involved. It means thoughtful analysis, pragmatism, creativity, and carefully prepared work product on a timely basis.

Our business attorneys are experienced in representing clients in a broad range of business transactions and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, business start-ups, company governance and succession planning, executive compensation, and commerce with customers and suppliers. Our clients include businesses in an array of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, service and technology, healthcare, food and consumer products, as well as family offices, private equity funds, hedge funds and proprietary trading groups, real estate funds, and REITs.

Why PFS?

We start by asking questions so we can understand your business — and then provide thoughtful analysis, pragmatic advice, creative solutions, and carefully prepared work that helps you meet your objectives.


Business Counseling >

We advise companies, governing boards, officers, owners, and entrepreneurs with numerous business and commercial matters. We can help you get your business started, build your organization’s legal infrastructure, successfully complete business transactions, comply with regulations, and plan for the future.

Mergers and Acquisitions >

Since the firm’s inception, we’ve had a very active mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, an operating company, private equity fund, or management team, we can help you successfully complete your transaction.

Private Equity >

We have extensive experience representing private equity funds, independent sponsors, family offices, and investors in private equity transactions.

Venture Capital >

Start-up and growth enterprises must balance laying the proper foundation for future growth and conserving cash flow. They are also challenged with the tasks of both operating their businesses and raising capital.

Hedge Funds and Proprietary Trading Firms >

Hedge funds and trading groups face a host of complex regulatory, tax, and other legal issues. If you are a sponsor, manager, operator, or trading firm, we can help you navigate these challenges and with matters such as formation, administration, investor offerings, and regulatory compliance.

Healthcare >

Experience across the industry and an interdisciplinary approach bring expert guidance on navigating healthcare regulatory compliance.

Tax Law and Planning >

Our tax practice has been a core strength of PFS since our founding in 1991. We offer sophisticated tax planning for a variety of business entities, including corporations (and Subchapter S corporations), limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, private investment funds, REITs, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.