Practice Areas


Our Business Practice Group has been a cornerstone of our firm throughout its history. We provide comprehensive and expert counsel to emerging and mature domestic and international businesses. We have developed a pragmatic approach to the immediate and long-term needs of our clients that makes full use of the legal and business capabilities of all Gibney attorneys.

We work closely with our clients to develop an understanding of their particular business style and approach so as to efficiently and effectively resolve the customary and emergency matters that confront their businesses. We are general counsel for numerous businesses and have helped smooth the way for foreign and domestic clients to launch their businesses and grow into mature entities. We have extensive experience helping companies with their start up needs and serving as their strategic partners to achieve their long term goals.

In addition to providing general corporate and business counseling, our practice is transactional in nature. We represent and advise parties in the structuring and negotiation of acquisitions and divestitures, business combinations, joint ventures and private debt and equity financings, among others.

The Business Practice Group also represents not-for-profit organizations in connection with their creation, structure and operation. Members work closely with Gibney’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group to secure and maintain tax-exempt status for these entities.

We counsel businesses in such industries as watches and jewelry, fragrance and beauty, insurance brokerage, decorative home furnishings, industrial manufacturing, thermoplastics, on-line data information distribution and software and website development.

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Peter Cousins, Partner
(212) 705-9811
John F. Flaherty, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 688-5151
Paolo Grassi, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 688-5151
Melvyn H. Halper, Partner
(212) 705-9850
John Macaluso, Partner
(212) 705-9837
Kristen W. Smith, Partner
(212) 705-9847

Recent News Posts

David Johnson and Stephen Millington Speak on Emerging Business Issues

Immigration Counsel David Johnson and Corporate Associate Stephen Millington spoke at a joint presentation with Innovation Norway and Nordic Innovation House on May 29. David and Stephen discussed key legal issues for Nordic companies to consider when establishing a presence in the United States. Topics included corporate entity formation and tax considerations and visa and immigration matters. David
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