Verrill is a leading provider of legal advice and services to business enterprises, their owners, management teams and directors as well as sources of capital and financing in New England and beyond. Our business law attorneys are highly regarded for their deep knowledge and broad experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, governance issues, securities law, and commercial finance, as well as related areas of practice, including taxation, intellectual property, and business litigation.

We help our clients successfully navigate the continual legal, economic and cultural shifts that can impact their businesses.

The attorneys in Verrill’s Business Law Group are drawn from some of the nation’s best law schools and undergraduate institutions. Verrill’s platform, including our rate structure and our willingness to explore alternative billing arrangements with business clients, makes us highly competitive. Our lawyers bring “big law” skills to bear on issues and matters affecting our clients, but we do so with practicality and a personal touch that sets us apart. Our sophisticated yet highly responsive practitioners, in combination with our long and vast experience and collaborative work style, have been recognized not only by generations of clients, but also by third-party rating organizations such as Chambers and Partners and BTI Consulting Group.

Members of our Business Law Group serve as go-to general counsel to scores of businesses, large and small, both public and private. This spans a broad range of industries and business sectors across New England and throughout the United States. In this capacity, we advise business owners, directors, and management (including our clients’ in-house attorneys) regarding the full range of legal and regulatory issues they confront. Our approach is generally to have each client relationship managed by one lead lawyer, who then becomes familiar with the client's operations, objectives and key decision-makers. We strongly believe a thorough understanding of each client's business is essential to providing useful, effective legal advice.

In addition to serving as primary outside counsel to many businesses, the attorneys in our Business Law Group regularly handle a wide variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures, private and public securities offerings, complex multi-party commercial financings, proxy contests, and takeover battles. In guiding clients through these transactions, we work collaboratively with colleagues in the firm's other practice groups, including real estate, employee benefits and executive compensation, labor and employment, intellectual property, trusts and estates, and litigation. We constantly strive to close deals on time, within budget, and with as little disruption to the day-to-day affairs of the business as possible.

Drawing on our experience in securities law and our familiarity with a wide range of investment transactions, the Business Law Group has developed a large, growing practice representing venture capital firms and private equity firms around the country. We have been engaged to represent such firms not only in connection with acquisitions and investments, but also with the structuring and organization of investment funds and other pooled-capital arrangements.

While the focus of our corporate practice is on mature businesses, the attorneys in our Business Law Group are well-positioned to assist development stage companies and the entrepreneurs who founded them. We have the flexibility to offer an array of fixed-fee or deferred-fee services where appropriate.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Seeking Foreign Investments? New Law Says You May Have to Wait

Unbeknownst to many, a wrench has been thrown into the funding plans of many U.S. startups and other growing U.S. companies by virtue of President Trump’s enactment of the   Foreign Investment Risk Review...

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Online Education Services Provider Acquisition

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Will Your Startup Require Significant Outside Capital? Consider C Corp!

On February 21, Maine Venture Fund published an article authored by business and corporate attorney Gregory Fryer, "Will Your Startup Require Significant Outside Capital? Consider C Corp!" Greg touches on the reason for choosing...

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Solar Energy: Acquisition of Grid-Scale Project in Brunswick, Maine

Verrill represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a newly built $2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine. The array, which was developed by ReVision Energy and went online in January 2018, will provide power...

Event

Developing Opportunities: How You Can Take Advantage of the New Opportunity Zones

On October 8, business law attorneys, Regina Flaherty, Mark Googins, and Cheryl Johnson will be presenting at the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors' Annual Convention, "Developing Opportunities: How You Can Take Advantage of the...

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New Massachusetts Noncompetition Act: What Employers Need To Know

Massachusetts recently enacted a new statute that significantly changes the treatment of noncompetition agreements under Massachusetts law. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (the “Act”) is effective October 1, 2018 (the “Effective Date”).  All employers...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

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Heating Oil and HVAC Systems Acquisitions

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Developing Opportunities: The Ins and Outs of New Opportunity Zones and their Tax Benefits

8,700 areas were certified by the  Treasury  to participate in the Qualified Opportunity Zone program adopted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Businesses, investors, construction companies, and developers alike might be...