Business Transactions

Our business law practice group provides innovative, insightful and practical solutions to the challenges faced by our business clients. Our clients range from small, start-up companies, to emerging/high-growth companies, to large publicly-traded companies. We use our deal-making and problem-solving abilities to assist our business clients in achieving their goals and to add value at any stage of their business venture. With over 90 years of experience representing clients in numerous industries, you can count on Ireland Stapleton to give you the sophisticated, insightful and responsive legal counsel you need to successfully protect, grow and manage your business in all areas of general corporate and commercial law, including:


Antitrust laws extend to virtually all aspects of your company’s commercial and professional activities. Whether you are completing a transaction or planning a new competitive strategy, you can rely on us for advice concerning antitrust, fair trade practices and interacting with regulatory agencies. We have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous monopolization and restraint of trade cases, including our successful representation of Aspen Highlands Skiing Corp. from trial through arguments before the United States Supreme Court.

Banking And Commercial Finance

Ireland Stapleton has considerable experience representing banks, leasing companies, insurance companies and investment banking firms in all areas of commercial finance. We regularly provide specialized counseling and representation to lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of transactions involving multiple parties and multiple jurisdictions.

Corporate Restructuring

Occasionally businesses find that they need to restructure their operations, whether as a result of financial distress, the changing nature of their business or the desire to take advantage of other opportunities. Ireland Stapleton’s corporate attorneys have experience helping publically and privately-held companies develop innovative and effective strategies to accomplish their goals. Whether companies merge their operations, sell a division of their enterprise or choose to engage in complicated restructurings of their international and domestic affiliated entities, our team works with them through the entire process to help achieve their goals.

Corporate And Securities

Our seasoned corporate attorneys diligently represent public and privately held companies engaged in a wide variety of industries. These clients rely on us, often on a day-to-day basis, for insightful and sophisticated counsel on their business issues and strategies. In addition, our corporate attorneys regularly handle private and public securities offerings and compliance matters.

Emerging Business

The needs of the emerging/high growth company are very different from those of larger, more established companies. The entrepreneurial energy behind aggressive growth plans often makes for a frenetic pace that requires legal counsel to respond and adapt quickly. Our experienced team has the ability to support our clients at their pace, while continuing to offer practical, clear-headed approaches and solutions.

Entity Formation And Governance

Our team has significant experience in the efficient formation and structuring of business entities, including “C” corporations, “S” corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and limited partnerships. We advise clients on practical, cost-effective methods of addressing management and control issues, buy-sell issues, capital structure issues and numerous other issues that must be addressed during entity formation.

Franchise Law

Our clients include both franchisors and franchisees that rely on our knowledge to help them navigate the laws and regulations surrounding this type of business. We assist our franchise clients in establishing, negotiating, growing and defending their franchised operations. From corporate structures and real estate to acquisitions and litigation, our experienced team of professionals is a valuable resource to its franchise clients.


Ireland Stapleton attorneys have broad experience with commercial transactions involving many sectors of the healthcare industry; including hospital systems, ancillary care providers, nursing agencies, long term care facilities, physician groups, pharmacy and pharmacy benefit managers, medical device and supply manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, and managed care payers. Some examples of these transactions include vendor and sales contracts, third party payer agreements, services contracts, and group purchasing agreements; as well as organization of professional corporations and limited liability companies, sales or acquisitions of healthcare businesses, and conversion of non-profit healthcare organizations. Our understanding of many facets of the healthcare industry gives us a valuable perspective when counseling our clients in their commercial negotiations.

Intellectual Property And Licensing

Developing, protecting, licensing and promoting our clients’ technology are valuable keys to ultimate business success. While technology is constantly changing, our focus has remained the same — to work closely with our clients in planning and implementing strategies to protect and commercially exploit their technology.

International Law

While many of our clients are in the Rocky Mountain region, we have experience counseling our international clients about laws, regulations and policies governing international business. We also represent foreign-based companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the establishment, operation, acquisition or sale of businesses, technology and real property interests in the United States. Using this extensive experience and knowledge, we can provide your business with the guidance and legal support it needs concerning its international matters.

Mergers And Acquisitions

Our clients rely on our mergers and acquisitions team’s extensive experience to assist them in strategic tax and business planning and representation throughout their transactions. Our attorneys have handled numerous high-profile, complex transactions, as well as countless smaller recapitalizations and reorganizations. Whether large or small, buying or selling, our seasoned group of mergers and acquisitions attorneys can assist you in a practical and cost-effective manner.