A significant part of our practice involves counseling clients on business transactions and licensing deals. Our services include forming a business entity and addressing the initial corporate formalities, as well as the more complex transactional matters, particularly involving international parties located in several different jurisdictions overseas. Our attorneys have drafted a variety of commercial contracts, including employment and severance agreements, leases, sale of business transactional documents, private placements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, stock pledge agreements, security agreements, corporate resolutions, limited liability company operating agreements and restrictive covenant agreements. Our clientele in this practice area is diverse and has included pharmaceutical companies, internet and software companies, and private equity firms.

We are particularly focused in being proactive with our clients’ legal needs. Many problems that might result in litigation or in bet-the-company disputes can be avoided if the underlying agreements are drafted with precision and forethought. We take our responsibilities in the transactional area seriously and strive to accurately and thoroughly draft legal documents and address issues of due diligence, compliance and regulatory enforcement to prevent problems before they arise.

Sharma & DeYoung provides a wide array of transactional counseling to clients of all sizes — from Internet start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs to more established companies nationwide and around the world. Mr. Sharma is General Counsel to InnoPharma, Inc. and the firm acts as outside advisor to several pharmaceutical companies with respect to complex licensing and transactional matters.

As an IP law firm with a litigation background, we are able to handle all of the legal IP issues faced by companies whose core value proposition is intellectual property. Our technological and cross-functional legal expertise enables us to counsel clients in all stages of business development — from licensing their patents to selling products in the U.S. and global marketplaces.

Our attorneys have handled private placements, financing rounds with venture capitalists and other sophisticated securities law matters. Clients have consistently relied on the firm’s expertise to handle complex transactional matters in a cost-effective and diligent manner. In the pharmaceutical space, Sharma & DeYoung has represented clients on drug development agreements including API supply agreements, licensing and commercialization contracts as well as contract manufacturing agreements.