The more complex your challenge, the more experienced and resourceful your legal team needs to be. Venable's corporate group represents a wide range of middle-market businesses, from entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies to leading national and international corporations. We provide sophisticated advice on a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, ranging from the financing and structuring of public or private deals to general corporate counseling and governance to advising publicly traded REITs on governance matters. Whether a transaction involves the formation and structuring of a new business; the creation of a joint venture, a merger, or acquisition; a buyout or the restructuring of a troubled company; or business continuity planning for closely held companies, our attorneys have the skills and experience to help you accomplish your goals. 

Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, international and regional entrepreneurs, privately held businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, and investors of all descriptions. Though our client base is diverse, our clients tend to be smaller public and sophisticated privately owned companies conducting business in highly regulated industries from coast to coast. We are particularly active in representing private equity funds, including fund formation and transactions, as well as acting on behalf of portfolio companies. We also provide business and regulatory counsel to funds within the SBIC program.

Our attorneys are adept at understanding complex client issues and tapping into the extensive experience of our many practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and tax. Collaborating with your advisors, accountants, and investment bankers and working closely with Venable attorneys in other practice areas, we extend integrated and efficient support, from regulatory and antitrust analysis to tax strategy and international concerns.

Helping Businesses Thrive in a Highly Regulated Economy

Venable excels at representing clients across a wide spectrum of industries, but we are especially experienced in helping businesses thrive in emerging, growth, and highly regulated industries, such as cybersecurity, digital media and big data, education technology, information technology, highly specialized finance, energy, healthcare, aerospace and defense, and life sciences. Because of our strong Washington, DC legislative and regulatory practices, we are uniquely positioned to assist our clients with the establishment of corporate governance policies so that they remain in compliance with applicable government regulations. 

Operating at the intersection of the public and private sectors, our corporate lawyers work seamlessly with our regulatory team to execute deals in a manner that best serves our clients' strategic objectives. Venable lawyers understand government agencies and the officials who run them. Many of our attorneys and legislative advisors previously distinguished themselves in senior roles in federal and state governments. Working with your team, we deliver exceptionally well-informed strategic advice and pragmatic legal solutions, drawing on experience throughout Venable—blending the political and regulatory insights of former regulators and policymakers with the real-world experience of Venable business lawyers. 

Corporate transactions rely on coordinated real-time responsiveness—we are geared toward providing that kind of service. Our knowledge of deal strategies and tactics is one part of this capability. Equally important is our ability to integrate support and solutions across multiple areas of the law. Together, these strengths provide a distinct advantage to Venable clients.

Representative Clients

  • Allegis Group, Inc.
  • Celsion
  • Guthy-Renker 
  • HSBC Capital (USA), Inc.
  • J.J. Haines & Company
  • Marriott International
  • Metastorm
  • Miraval
  • Perdue Incorporated
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Spring Capital Partners
  • Zachry American Infrastructure


Legal 500

  • Tier 1, National: M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2014 – 2019
  • Attorney recognized nationally as "Hall of Fame" in Legal 500, M&A: Middle-Market, 2019
  • Attorney recognized nationally as "Hall of Fame" in Legal 500, Technology: Transactions, 2019
  • Attorney recognized nationally as "Leading Lawyer" in Legal 500, M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2012 – 2019
  • Attorney recognized nationally as "Leading Lawyer" in Legal 500, Technology: Transactions, 2014 – 2016

U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

  • Tier 1, National, Baltimore; Washington, DC: Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2011 – 2020
  • Tier 1, National, Baltimore: Corporate Law, 2011 – 2020
  • Tier 1, Baltimore: Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2011 – 2020
  • Two corporate attorneys named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2017 – 2020

Chambers USA

  • Band 1, Nationwide: REITS (Maryland Counsel), 2012 – 2020 
  • Band 1, Maryland: Corporate/M&A, 2011 – 2020
  • Corporate attorney received "Star Individual" (highest possible ranking) for Nationwide REITs: Maryland Counsel, 2014 – 2019
  • Two corporate attorney achieved Band 1 ranking in Nationwide: REITs (Maryland Counsel), 2018 – 2020