An investor may believe they have been the victim or a company needs to be represented in a matter relating to securities, such as mergers or fraud allegations. A skilled attorney in securities law will be necessary. This field of law is extremely technical, complex, and specialized. It is important to select your attorney carefully. Here are some key points to remember when making your selection.
For businesses looking for a Securities Lawyer, contact the Chamber of Commerce or any other local organization. It’s likely that business owners will be able give you strong recommendations. Sometimes, they may even have experience with securities law. Although the internet can be very helpful for your research, you might not choose to use it as your first line. While high ranking sites don’t necessarily mean that the firm is of high quality, they might just be because of good SEO practices.
Review of the Site
A website’s design can reveal a lot more about the attorneys practicing there. Does the website have a professional appearance? Are there detailed bios of lawyers who work there Are there any articles by lawyers there? This area of law is ever-changing and a website that gives up-todate information is indicative that a firm is well-informed.
Specific area of practice
Other than the obvious requirement to choose an attorney with experience in securities and corporate law, it is also important to look at other factors that may be relevant to their experience. If you are a person, do the attorneys have experience representing you or do they primarily focus on the defense of your case? Is the firm a specialist in private or public corporations, or does it work with both?
You should also ensure they are knowledgeable about the type transaction that is being done, such a merger and acquisition, sale of a business, reverse mergers or sale of an existing company. A corporate securities attorney who doesn’t have the experience necessary to handle your particular case might not be able or qualified to do so. This is the most important factor.
When choosing an attorney to represent you, it is important that you fully understand the fees. Ask how many lawyers will be involved in your case as well as the hourly rate of each. It is a good idea to inquire about whether projects are charged flat-fee. This can help you plan your budget. In certain cases, flat fees may not make sense, such as when a party is negotiating or there is a merger/acquisition. If your company has stock, will the firm take stocks in exchange for any part the fee? If so, ensure that you fully understand the terms. What billing options are there?
Here are a few tips to help search for a lawyer who is experienced in securities law. They should be available to answer your questions and explain the process in terms you understand. Be sensitive to your instincts and only trust an attorney you feel comfortable with.