Andrew Grau is a partner in HRMM&L’s Business and Estates Department. He counsels closely-held business owners through their most important transactions and events. Mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, exit planning, employment arrangements and business separations are important transactions that Andrew handles routinely. He also provides businesses with general counsel services, as well as contract drafting and review.
Knowledge of tax law and planning techniques enables Andrew to dispense sound advice to businesses in various industries, across all stages of growth and development. From operating companies and manufacturers, to service industry businesses, to professional practices, to passive investment companies, to new startups, Andrew works with a broad client base. Working with a wide range of businesses gives him a vast reserve of experience to draw from when analyzing crucial issues. It also keeps his mind flexible when addressing unique client needs.
Andrew regularly represents owners in the sale of their businesses. In recent years, with many in the baby boomer generation approaching retirement, and buyers having access to affordable financing, seller-side representation became the largest focus of Andrew’s practice. Andrew adeptly guides owners through the complex and often uncertain process of selling their business. He knows the risks presented at each stage of the transaction. He knows what terms to ask for and pitfalls to avoid. He explains dense purchase agreements to clients in language they understand, and provides well grounded advice. He comprehends the issues that can arise after the sale, and knows how to anticipate and address them prior to closing. Andrew prides himself in working well with the other side, as business transactions are a collaborative effort. However, he always keeps sight of his primary goal to maximally protect his clients’ interests.
Andrew also represents buyers acquiring businesses. He has extensive experience in areas of due diligence, analyzing deal structure, drafting letters of intent and purchase agreements, and clearing obstacles of all varieties that stand in the way of closing.
Many of Andrew’s clients are family-owned businesses spanning multiple generations. Andrew enjoys the unique challenges that family businesses present. In particular, corporate governance and succession planning require distinct and specialized counsel within the context of a family business.
Additional areas of client focus in Andrew’s practice include:
- Institutional and private lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions.
- Estate planning analysis and document preparation for individuals in all life situations and of all levels of wealth.
- Asset protection planning for individuals and businesses.
- Estate administration services in representing executors of decedents’ estates
- Formation of business entities, including for-profit and non-profit businesses
Andrew graduated cum laude from Ursinus College with a degree in Computer Science (B.S. 2004), earned his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (2007), and earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law (2010).
Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Megan, and their two young children. He played many sports growing up, and currently remains active in tennis. He is an enthusiast of all Philadelphia teams, and also enjoys following the NHL in general, all major tennis tournaments, and Formula 1 racing.