I consider our clients’ questions and concerns to be of upmost importance. I respond as promptly as possible and, to reassure clients that proper attention is being paid, I provide frequent updates on the progress and status of their matters. For client issues that require thoughtful and in-depth analysis, I explain all aspects of the matter clearly and thoroughly so that they understand the key points and details of, as well as the practical solutions for, their issues.
Advising clients on a wide range of general corporate matters, Austin Keyes shepherds businesses through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Austin advises on the formation and ownership structure of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies and addresses the legal needs of their on-going business and commercial activities. Additionally, Austin provides sophisticated corporate governance and compliance advice for both for-profit companies and tax-exempt organizations.
For clients involved in acquisitions and other transactions which may require reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, Austin helps these clients determine whether they are subject to the Act and, if so, guides them through the requirements of the reporting process. He also counsels clients on corporate trust matters, including representing sponsors and trustees of precious metals-based exchange-traded products and trustees of tender-option bond programs.
Austin’s broad, diverse practice covers clients in a variety of industries, including mining, manufacturing, transportation, health care products, medical devices and tourism. He takes an active part in the firm’s commitment to help international clients enter U.S. markets and assist them with their U.S. transactions. As a junior lawyer, Austin’s secondment to a business media client provided valuable insight into the business motivations behind a client’s legal decisions as well as an understanding as to what a client really wants from its outside counsel.
Austin enjoys the challenge of unraveling and understanding byzantine legal and business issues, which typically involves identifying and understanding the key details of the matter, as well as undertaking creative and complex legal drafting to give life to clients’ ideas and wishes. Additionally, clients and colleagues turn to him to help clients, such as family run businesses, which have been deficient or disorganized with their corporate organization, record keeping or management arrangements. He works with these clients to establish the proper documentation that reflects their corporate history and their desired ownership and management structures.