Business, Corporate and Venture

Business, Corporate and Venture2020-08-23T23:10:06+00:00
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Sound legal advice on business matters ranging from formative counseling to capital raising to strategic exit planning makes a critical difference for a company’s bottom line as well as for the financial health of its principals and stakeholders.

The business and corporate attorneys of Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray are dedicated to providing the proactive, creative and streamlined service required to meet the needs of today’s breed of high-level business persons: local and foreign serial entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families, high-tech startups, and growing and established private businesses, often acting as outside general counsel providing a coordinated, seamless and insightful approach to solving legal issues.

Our firm advises clients at any stage of development about the most efficient and effective ways to pursue identified goals while promoting key opportunities and managing risk, including matters such as:

  • Entity selection, registration, restructuring, expansion or dissolution
  • Strategic positioning for startups and early-stage companies
  • Capitalization and early-stage financing issues
  • Operational matters
  • Business transactions
  • Intellectual property advice
  • General counsel services
  • Corporate or partnership sale, merger, or acquisitions
  • Business, corporate or partnership dissolutions
  • Business litigation, including alternative dispute resolution

Because we value trusted relationships and invest significantly in the long-term success of our clients, we deliver practical relevant advice that responds to each client’s unique circumstances and leverage the resources of our Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray team to provide comprehensive counsel and representation across the full range of legal needs.

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations

Increased oversight from the IRS and government regulators require today’s nonprofit leaders to run a gauntlet of constantly changing laws and regulations. At the same time, tax-exempt organizations are expected to be more transparent then ever before and to adhere to evolving best practices.

Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray represents large and small private foundations, and public charities including community organizations, trade associations, cooperatives, art organizations, charter schools, as well as supporting organizations and social welfare organizations on a range of tax and business issues particular to these entities, such as entity structuring and governance, unrelated business taxable income, and self-dealing and excess business holdings situations.

Our attorneys work closely with nonprofit organizations to counsel them on the formation, funding and other planning issues associated with tax-exempt entities. We are integrally involved in structuring and forming companies used by exempt organizations as acquisition vehicles as well as investment partnerships formed with exempt partners. In addition, we handle sophisticated income, estate and gift tax planning for closely-held corporations, their executives, and their owners, including issues associated with Subchapter S and limited liability companies, partnerships and private foundations.

In addition to our work on behalf of our clients, each member of our team is committed to serving our community through volunteer and leadership positions and has done so for a wide range of non-profit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County.

Business, Corporate & Venture Resources



Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Resources

3009, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Santa Barbara County Moves to Red Tier

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, Legal Alerts, The Advisor|Comments Off on COVID-19 Update: Santa Barbara County Moves to Red Tier

Santa Barbara County moves into the red tier allowing more businesses to open and for some to include indoor operations, with modifications. The County of Santa Barbara’s Public Health Department announced that Santa Barbara now [...]

2708, 2020

Legal Alert: SEC Expands “Accredited Investor” Definition – Will Aid Small Businesses in Raising Capital

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, The Advisor|Comments Off on Legal Alert: SEC Expands “Accredited Investor” Definition – Will Aid Small Businesses in Raising Capital

Change Will Open the Private Securities Markets to More Participants August 2020 The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the SEC rules which expand the definition of who will qualify as an “accredited investor.” [...]

1101, 2019

Avoiding Personal Liability and Limiting Taxes: Business Entities after the 2017 Tax Act

By |January 11th, 2019|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, Estate and Tax Planning, The Advisor|Comments Off on Avoiding Personal Liability and Limiting Taxes: Business Entities after the 2017 Tax Act

Business activities, no matter how small, come with risk as well as tax liabilities, both of which can be reduced by operating through a legal entity --- a limited liability company or corporation. The Federal [...]

1012, 2018

A Business Owner’s Guide to Responding to Third Party Document Subpoenas

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Business, Corporate and Venture, Civil Litigation and Trials, The Advisor|Comments Off on A Business Owner’s Guide to Responding to Third Party Document Subpoenas

Nobody wants to be involved in litigation.  If you are reading this, chances are you have taken an active role in protecting your business from needless lawsuits by scrupulously following the law, treating your employees [...]


Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray has been our go-to resource for employment matters for some years now, and they have been a tremendous help to us along the way.  They have helped us through some tough issues, and their guidance is consistently a blend of strong legal advice and good business.  When it comes to employment matters, we consider Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray to be part of our management team.
Scott H.


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