Practice Areas Overview
Based in Toledo, Ohio, the firm of Niehaus Wise & Kalas Ltd represents a broad spectrum of clients in focused areas of the law, including:
- Bankruptcy Reorganization
- Banks and Financial Institutions
- Business and Corporate
- Commercial and Corporate Real Estate
- Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (both domestic and international)
- Commercial Transactions
- Energy/Natural Resources and Project Finance
- International Transactions
- Labor and Employment Law
- Securities and Private Equity
- Tax, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management
Attorneys at NWK provide assistance in all aspects of bankruptcy reorganization, including restructuring businesses both in and out of court. The firm advises companies with respect to their financially distressed suppliers and customers and assists business in the reclamation of goods delivered to bankrupt parties. On the transactional side, we work to structure business deals to address potential complications which may arise from bankruptcy, insolvency proceedings, or transacting with troubled businesses. In addition, our attorneys represent unsecured creditors' committees and creditors regarding covenant defaults, loan modifications, workouts both in and out of court, and financial restructurings.
The firm also provides services for litigation involving creditors' and debtors' rights, including collection actions, actions to recover collateral, guarantor claims, lender liability claims, director and officer liability claims, fraudulent or preferential transfers, foreclosures, and receiverships.
Banks and Financial Institutions
NWK has represented banks and other financial institutions since the firm was established. The firm represents banks of all sizes in formation, corporate matters, capital and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, all forms of financing, securities offerings, bank and shareholder litigation, antitrust, and regulatory compliance.
Business and Corporate
The NWK business practice revolves around the fundamental issues of business, corporate, and capital planning. The firm's resources in this area are focused on providing unique, sophisticated services to business interests around the world, from publicly traded companies to venture-backed start-ups. Our corporate attorneys produce seamless and timely advice in all areas of law, from business formation, contracts, finance, and banking, to mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and securities.
Commercial and Corporate Real Estate
NWK counsels clients throughout all aspects of a real estate acquisition and the development process. We represent landlords and tenants in all facets of office, commercial, industrial, retail, and residential projects as well as financial institutions and investors in project financing.
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (both domestic and international)
NWK provides individuals and corporations with expertise in commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration throughout the United States and the International Court of Arbitration.
The firm represents clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including purchase and sale of business and real estate assets, commercial lending, project financing, construction, and leasing and property management issues. Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing both lenders and borrowers in a broad range of commercial credit and leasing transactions.
Energy/Natural Resources and Project Finance
We offer extensive expertise, experience, and advice on a full range of matters for a wide variety of energy and natural resources clients, including all forms of project financings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, international trade, infrastructure projects, corporate restructuring, and general commercial and corporate advice. We have comprehensive experience representing clients in the following industries: oil and gas, mining and minerals, metals, biodiesel, ethanol, photovoltaic and solar energy, and numerous other forms of energy and alternative energy sources.
NWK advises U.S. and foreign multinational companies in connection with a full range of international transactions. We handle: international mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, restructuring, establishment of foreign offices and trade, compliance with foreign laws and regulation, cross-border transactions, and general corporate advice. We actively manage complex cross-border matters and have established close relationships with experienced corporate lawyers in foreign countries where local counsel may be needed. We strive to identify and avoid issues that may delay a transaction while assuring that each transaction is structured to achieve the client's business goals.
Labor and Employment Law
NWK provides employers with compliance advice, strategic planning, training, and civil and administrative litigation services. NWK attorneys also provide clients with updates on the new challenges employers face from changing legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments. We provide services in all areas of labor and employment law, including:
- Review and drafting of employee handbooks and policies, hiring practices, drug testing procedures and practices, restrictive covenants, and employment contracts.
- Consultation regarding discipline, termination, FMLA, wage and hour laws, and the use of web 2.0 facilities in the employment context.
- Management and defense of claims before state and federal administrative agencies, including the NLRB, DOL, EEOC, and OFCCP.
- Representing employers in trials and appeals in state and federal courts in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, employee benefit claims, and workplace disputes.
- Mediation, arbitration, and all methods of alternative dispute resolution.
- Training and seminars for employers, supervisors, and managers on the complete range of employment issues.
Securities and Private Equity
Our securities and private equity team provides investors, entrepreneurs, and companies with securities expertise in all areas of law. We have extensive experience in raising venture capital and bank financing; representing investors and companies in private and public offerings of equity and debt securities; preparation of private placement memoranda and Series A, B, and C financing documents; public company securities compliance, including SEC periodic reporting; Blue Sky law issues; drafting proxy materials; advising on registration issues and public disclosure issues; and corporate governance.
Tax, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management
NWK provides executive management with the tax advice on issues ranging from restrict stock grant, 83b elections, estate planning issues, gift tax, and wealth management issues.
At NWK our primary guiding principle is to provide sophisticated and efficient services to fulfill each client's unique circumstances and business needs. To this principle, we devote ourselves unconditionally. It is our desire to afford you conscientious, faithful, and diligent service; seeking at all times to achieve outcomes that are just and reasonable for you. For experienced legal advice, contact NWK.