Corporate Law refers to law that involves matters of corporate business, specifically, the merging of companies, rights of directors and shareholders, secretarial issues, board meetings, and the public listing and delisting of companies and entities.
Clients range from government organizations, businesses of every size and caliber, privately owned companies, investment banks, as well as multinational corporations.
Corporate lawyers accumulate portfolios chock-full of M&As (mergers and acquisitions), restructuring of entities and companies of a corporate nature, and the termination of unprofitable ventures.
Additionally, corporate lawyers often help their clients get listed on stock exchanges across the globe, as well as, obtain financing from private equity players and venture capitalists.
To be a successful corporate lawyer, one must have extensive knowledge of business law, current issues and trends within the corporate law field, and familiarity with legislative and regulatory changes.
There are many facets of business law, but an extensive knowledge of all of these facets is beneficial for a lawyer, as well as for their clients. Businesses that are dealing with outside operations or crossing into other jurisdictions and looking to invest, a knowledge of multiple sectors of business law is paramount.
A corporate lawyer must also be a very sharp, innovative individual who has strong communication and negotiation skills. Without these attributes, they simply do not make a successful corporate lawyer.
Analytical skills and attention to detail also sets a corporate lawyer apart from the rest, while also being able to work in a team and call upon other resources when necessary is a strength of any thriving lawyer, regardless of their field of specialty.
Corporate law is a lucrative endeavor to pursue but should not be pursued without care and great consideration. It is an extremely competitive and intense field, especially when it comes to responsibility and work load hours.