Frank Ciatto, Esq. is a business attorney who assists entrepreneurs with existing and new business ventures. Frank’s legal knowledge and practical experience are important in helping owners and investors realize the full value of their ideas and investments. He focuses on corporate and partnership structuring, mergers and acquisitions, limited liability companies, private equity investments, tax and accounting issues, business divorces, and succession planning.
Frank drafts and negotiates key business documents, such as merger agreements, limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, stockholder agreements, executive employment agreements, severance agreements, stock-option plans, grant agreements, and other corporate agreements. He serves as corporate counsel to entrepreneurs and individual investors in a number of industries, including hedge funds, financial services providers, auto dealerships, publishing, securities companies, professional consulting firms, software and technology providers, hospitality, law firms, and other professional service providers.
In addition to his legal work, Frank is a certified public accountant, formerly with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in New York – experience that often adds value to his clients’ transactions.
Franks served as the firm’s corporate counsel in its recent combination with the Fitzpatrick Cella law firm.
James DePaoli, Esq. is a transactional business attorney with experience in a wide range of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, equity and debt financings, and other matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.
James counsels clients in a wide range of industries on their day-to-day and long-term business issues and transactions. He has experience leading the process management of various corporate transactions, particularly in mergers and acquisitions. He also advises and assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of transactional and commercial contracts, including purchase agreements and merger agreements, limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, stockholder agreements, credit agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and various other primary and
ancillary transaction documents.
In addition to transactional work and the negotiation and documentation of corporate agreements, James also provides clients with ongoing advice on general corporate matters, including entity formation decisions, drafting organizational documents and amendments, and other governance issues.