Richards, Layton & Finger, founded in the early 1900s, is Delaware’s largest law firm. Many of the firm’s 130 lawyers are published scholars and leaders of charitable, political and law-related organizations. Richards, Layton & Finger conducts a national and international practice in the areas of Delaware corporate law, corporate litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, alternative entities and complex financial transactions, as well as a full-service local and regional practice.
The firm’s corporate law practice includes general corporate counseling and advice, advice to corporate boards and committees on fiduciary and governance matters, corporate and securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate transactions. For 15 years running, Richards, Layton & Finger has held the top spot in The Deal’s league tables for handling more high-value corporate transactions than any other Delaware law firm. The firm’s business law practice includes commercial transactions, advice regarding limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts, financial transactions such as securitizations and structured finance, banking, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights advice and litigation, and real estate. In addition to the firm’s leading corporate and bankruptcy litigation practices, the firm’s general litigation practice handles employment, environmental, administrative law, patent, commercial and general litigation. The firm’s tax practice includes federal and state income tax, Delaware Investment Holding Companies, escheat, trusts, estates and probate.
Richards, Layton & Finger has extensive experience in sophisticated transactions involving structuring, advising and operating Delaware entities, whether they are among the majority of Fortune 500 companies that are incorporated in Delaware, limited liability companies or partnerships, single- purpose financing vehicles or tax-related holding companies. The preeminence of Delaware law, the large number of Delaware corporations and alternative entities, and Delaware’s unique court system make the state a favored forum for business formation and business litigation, including litigation of corporate governance, shareholder rights, director liability and similar matters. Delaware’s federal court enjoys an outstanding reputation as a national center for litigation of intellectual property and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. The firm’s lawyers are leaders in these practice areas and are widely recognized for their Delaware business results.