Several Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen attorneys have served as general counsel to both publicly traded and closely held corporations engaged in a broad variety of business enterprises. Corporate counsel representation requires a team approach, and uses lawyers with appropriate experience in the areas of corporate, securities, tax and antitrust law to meet the varying needs of each client.

Such representation also requires understanding the inner-workings of the clients’ businesses and the markets in which they operate.  The Firm has served as general counsel for domestic and foreign financial institutions including banks, bank holding companies, thrifts and insurance companies; real estate concerns including real estate investors and developers, as well as commercial and residential builders; metallurgical fabrication industries involving iron ore, basic steel and aluminum fabrication; shipping concerns ranging from liner and bulker services to ship construction and repair, as well as commercial fishing operations; public utilities, including gas and electric cogeneration facilities; and computer software companies whose primary assets consist of intellectual property.

The Firm’s corporate practice frequently involves international aspects which require utilization of the Firm’s experience in working with financial centers of North America, South America, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and the emerging nations of the former eastern block.

Finally, general counsel representation often requires tax expertise. The backbone of the Firm’s corporate representation consists of the numerous shareholders with Master of Laws degrees in taxation. The Firm has represented clients electing to be taxed as sub-chapter S corporations, sub-chapter C corporations, cooperatives, foreign service corporations, domestic service corporations, professional corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and non-profit corporations. The firm’s attorneys have represented these clients in controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, tax court, and federal court systems.

As corporate counsel, the Firm affords its clients years of experience representing a wide variety of businesses operating in markets throughout the world.