As the corporate home of over 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s premier jurisdiction for business dispute resolution, Delaware plays a critically important role in commercial business in the U.S. Barnes & Thornburg has a strong team of professionals to assist clients on Delaware-related matters.
Delaware’s Court of Chancery is a court of equity with specific jurisdiction over corporate disputes, making Delaware the center for national and international corporate law issues. With the Complex Commercial Litigation Division (CCLD) of Delaware Superior Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the many patent, copyright and trademark disputes filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, important business disputes and legal issues that govern commerce in the U.S. are often decided in the state.
Barnes & Thornburg’s Delaware attorneys regularly appear in those vital courts and have deep knowledge and experience in the core practice areas for privately and publicly held enterprises organized under Delaware law. This includes the structuring of business and financing transactions, corporate ownership change and governance proceedings, intellectual property protection and litigation, and business bankruptcy and reorganization cases.
The Delaware office is also closely aligned with the firm’s office in New York, a money center and popular corporate headquarters location. Our Delaware and New York attorneys work together to advise businesses, financial institutions, startups, investors and C-suite leaders on mergers, acquisitions, real estate, investment management, and private equity. For commercial transactions involving Delaware entities, our attorneys work closely with Delaware’s Division of Corporations.
With Delaware’s consistent political leadership and responsive state and local government, Barnes & Thornburg has deep experience in government relations and works closely with clients whose presence in Delaware is vital to their success. Our team brings decades of experience and a deep understanding of the First State’s strong connections to global political and financial centers, as well as its increasing attractiveness for investment due to Delaware’s role as a key distribution hub for the East Coast.
Our Delaware team also represents government entities, including on abandoned property and escheat matters, and private sector clients in litigation and commercial transactions before state and local regulatory authorities.
Backed by more than 800 legal professionals in more than 50 practice areas across the U.S., our Delaware attorneys can also call on their colleagues to advise local clients when needed. An energetic and growing office, the attorneys in Delaware support the communities in which they live and work in various volunteer capacities.