American Bar Association
 
Middle Market and Small Business Committee

ABA Section of Business Law


Middle Market and Small Business Committee


Message From The Chair



The mission of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee is to serve corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies.



Committee Facts



  • Over 1300 US and international members

  • Three in-person meetings a year at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting, the ABA Annual Meeting and the Business Law Section Fall Meeting in Washington, DC

  • Committee meetings typically feature a mini-presentation on a substantive practice area as well as provide an opportunity to share practical advice relevant to smaller and medium-size companies

  • Current areas of focus include securities regulations that affect smaller public companies and capital raising activities of private companies, including exemptions from registration, private placement brokers and scaled disclosure regulation

  • Membership provides various opportunities for participation in CLE panels and workshops, writing and commenting on proposed regulations of the SEC and other agencies


Areas of Expertise



  • Entity organization and owner agreements

  • Capital formation, financing and strategic partnering

  • Employment and compensation matters

  • Intellectual property protection

  • Corporate governance

  • Securities law compliance

  • International expansion and cross-border transactions

  • Business combinations, restructurings and breakups

Mission Statement

The Middle Market and Small Business Committee serves corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies.

  • We provide a forum for sharing information, delivering continuing legal education, and addressing the practical issues of counseling small and mid-sized clients.
  • We focus on the entire business "life cycle" of our clients, including (i) entity organization and owner agreements; (ii) capital formation, financing and strategic partnering; (iii) employment and compensation matters; (iv) intellectual property protection; (v) corporate governance; (vi) securities law compliance; (vii) international expansion and cross-border transactions; and (viii) business combinations, restructurings, and breakups.
  • We have long been an advocate before the SEC, the IRS and other regulatory agencies of reforms to address the special problems confronted by small businesses, including smaller public companies.
  • Our Private Placement Broker Task Force advocates a simplified registration system for finders of financing for early stage companies.

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Leadership

Chair:

Walsh, Thomas

Vice-Chairs:

Kantz, Erik
Vendt, Eric

Committee Roster  


Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees


Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Business Succession – Tax and Financial Considerations

    02/11/2016-02/11/2016

    This program will discuss how to transition a business while minimizing or eliminating taxes. Discussion includes transfers of closely-held businesses to key employees and family members. Corporate and partnership opportunities will be compared and contrasted and estate planning consequences will also ...

    Understanding the Key Elements of a Legal Opinion

    02/25/2016-02/25/2016

    Business lawyers are asked to give legal opinions in a number of contexts, including financing and M&A transactions. This program will walk through a basic form of third party legal opinion, and will discuss its main features. It will examine opinions commonly rendered, and will discuss what they mean ...

    Law Firm Bankruptcies and Dissolutions: Legal and Ethical Issues

    02/26/2016-02/26/2016

    Law Firm Bankruptcies and Dissolutions: Legal and Ethical Issues


Newsletter - Business Visions


Additional Materials


Listserve

In order to send a message to the listserve, send a message to the email address below. You must be a member of the Committee to successfully send a message to the listserve.

SMBIZ@mail.americanbar.org

In order to access the listserve archive, please click here.


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Managing Listserve E-Mails

The Technology Subcommittee is undertaking a review of technological options with respect to our Listserv of the MMSB Committee so that only members who want to participate in topical discussions will receive e-mails with respect to those discussions. In the interim, the following link provides instructions on how to set up a subfolder on your computer and have all emails that you receive from the MMSB Committee Listserv automatically filed into that subfolder.
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MMSB Listserve Rules & Etiquette

The MMSB Committee has established Rules & Etiquette Guidelines that will govern all participants’ use of the MMSB Listserv. If a participant fails to adhere to these Rules & Etiquette Guidelines, the MMSB Committee may suspend or terminate that person’s future participation on the MMSB Listserv. The Rules & Etiquette Guidelines for use of the MMSB Listserv can be found here:
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Modified by Evangelos Kostoulas on November 26, 2015

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