Corporate Structure & Governance

Take advantage of our direct experience with a variety of effective business structures, from limited companies to joint ventures, partnerships, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships. As time passes, if you want to re-organize your business to include new shareholders or partners, or wish to benefit from tax planning, we can help.

Work with a team that understands the dynamics of board governance first-hand: a number of our lawyers have served as chairs and active directors on clients’ boards. Most private companies operate without effective boards. We can help you form a board to support you in accomplishing your business vision over the longer term. If there are differences between shareholders and your annual meetings become contentious, our advice can help you navigate the process.

Our Annual Review process after year-end helps you perform an in-depth review of your company’s performance and its progress towards the longer-term vision. Together, we look at your financials, operations, challenges, opportunities, industry trends, competitive pressures, joint ventures, tax structure, ongoing legal matters, five-year vision and objectives for achieving it in consultation with your accountant, long-term issues, and succession or exit planning.

 

To help our board prepare for what we knew would be a contentious annual general meeting, we hired Houser Henry & Syron to guide us. The firm’s deep understanding of board governance was clear throughout the process and the Houser Henry & Syron team quickly earned our trust. Led by Michael Henry, the team took a proactive approach, communicated clearly and helped us prepare for various scenarios. It also demonstrated an unwavering resolve to protect the interests of our clients, who represent a disadvantaged and vulnerable group. I highly recommend Houser Henry & Syron to any profit or not-for-profit organization seeking effective and timely counsel regarding board governance issues of any magnitude.
Association President (Retired)
Ontario Not-for-Profit Organization
There is often very little downtime, and we are so busy, but we need to look at where we have been and where we are going. The team at Houser Henry & Syron is an integral part of that process each year.
Tony McGarvey
Director of Finance, W.T. Hawkins Inc., makers of the iconic Hawkins Cheezies