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Practical Legal Advantage General Counsel Services

  1. 1.     General Counsel On an Interim, Part-Time or Project Basis William Van Valkenberg Practical Legal Advantage PLLC 111 W. Prospect St. Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 285-1503 [email_address]   © 2009 William Van Valkenberg   PRACTICAL LEGAL ADVANTAGE
  2. 2. ABOUT PRACTICAL LEGAL ADVANTAGE <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Van Valkenberg founded Practical Legal Advantage PLLC (PLA) to provide the advantages of cost-effective experienced in-house General Counsel on an interim, part-time or project basis. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>After 30+ years advising many companies as outside legal counsel, from start-ups to mature public companies, and working 2+ years as Chief Legal Officer of DayJet Corporation, an early-stage on-demand regional airline, Bill recognized that many exciting companies need an in-house General Counsel on their executive management team before it is cost-effective to hire one full-time.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. PLA'S VALUE PROPOSITION   <ul><li>Expand your company's  executive team to include an experienced in-house legal advisor and save money: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As General Counsel to provide high-level strategic advice and manage your company's legal affairs on an interim or part-time basis; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As Executive Counsel on a project basis.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor the arrangement to address your company's legal needs with a customized fee agreement PLA’s services and no surprises . </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES <ul><li>PLA's flexible in-house General Counsel services can be structured to address your company's legal needs.  Consider including:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal advice and guidance to senior management, officers and board of directors; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate governance; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal compliance; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in strategic initiatives, business planning, and other high priority matters; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement in the structure and negotiation of significant contracts, financing arrangements and other business transactions; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management of internal and external legal resources; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other duties and responsibilities as mutually determined. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. EXECUTIVE COUNSEL SERVICES <ul><li>Tailor PLA's project-based Executive Counsel  services to address a specific legal concern.  Each project includes a start date, end date, objectives and deliverables.  Sample projects include:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forensic analyses; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crisis management; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal investigations; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant contract negotiation or re-negotiation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business restructuring or reorganization; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in the development of strategic alliances, partnering arrangements or similar business ventures; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistance with extraordinary transactions (such as a purchase or sale of a business, or financing transactions). </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. WHY USE PLA’S SERVICES? <ul><li>Use PLA's flexibility to obtain the following advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience and expertise on your management team; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solutions to your legal concerns; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced cost of legal services. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>For 30+ years, Bill has been involved in building, leading and advising companies through rapidly changing business conditions, complex restructurings and capital markets transactions.   From start-ups to mature public companies, Bill has extensive experience advising companies in multiple industries in all kinds of complicated business matters.     </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  7. 7. WHEN SHOULD WE CALL PLA? <ul><li>Contact PLA if your company is planning a significant business transaction, identifies a serious legal problem or wants to evaluate a significant legal concern: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There's no charge for advice before PLA is hired; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PLA will help you evaluate alternative courses of action, develop a cost-benefit analysis and tailor PLA’S services to meet your company's needs; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The terms of PLA's services will be discussed in detail, including beginning and end dates, objectives, deliverables and fees before you hire PLA. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. WHEN IS PART-TIME GENERAL COUNSEL COST-EFFECTIVE? <ul><li>If managing your company's legal affairs requires more than one day per week, consider PLA’s part-time General Counsel services.    </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Additional factors to consider in making a cost-effective determination include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal aspects of your company's business segment and related regulatory environment; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your company's maturity, growth plans and earnings prospects;  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature and extent of  the legal services required from outside legal counsel; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost-benefit analysis of PLA’s part-time General Counsel services. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  9. 9. HOW WILL PLA SAVE MONEY? <ul><li>PLA saves money by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing guidance at rates that are lower than rates typically charged for equivalent services by other firms; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying resources to high priority legal matters first and adjusting the timing and amounts allocated to other legal concerns on an &quot;as needed&quot; basis; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training business teams to recognize and effectively manage resolution of recurring legal aspects of day-to-day operations; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding legal skills within business units as appropriate; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimizing potentially serious legal problems by taking timely remedial action before the situation explodes out of control; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervising legal aspects of complicated business matters; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing services provided by outside legal counsel. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. BILL VAN VALKENBERG <ul><ul><li>Senior Executive with 25+ years of experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved in building, leading and advising companies through rapidly changing business environments, complex restructurings and capital markets transactions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplished in structuring and negotiating transactions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong SEC and SOX expertise. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background in M&A and partnering transactions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on experience with regulated industries. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. CORE COMPETENCIES  <ul><li>Risk management </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic planning </li></ul><ul><li>Independent thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Change management </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate governance </li></ul><ul><li>Computer proficiency  </li></ul><ul><li>Staff training & promotion </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Business transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Customer focused </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus building </li></ul><ul><li>Performance driven </li></ul><ul><li>Team development    </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE  <ul><li>agri-business </li></ul><ul><li>aviation </li></ul><ul><li>banking </li></ul><ul><li>e-commerce </li></ul><ul><li>  financial services </li></ul><ul><li>food processing </li></ul><ul><li>  forest products </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>healthcare </li></ul><ul><li>hospitality  </li></ul><ul><li>information technology </li></ul><ul><li>real estate </li></ul><ul><li>retail </li></ul><ul><li>software </li></ul><ul><li>telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>