In 1670 the English government granted a charter to The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading Into Hudson’s Bay. More commonly known as The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), it stands today as the oldest corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world. At one time, HBC was the largest commercial land owner in the world. Now, through acquisition, merger, and diversification, HBC is retail giant in Canada and owns Lord & Taylor department stores in the United States.
It is surely no accident that the advent of the corporation 340 years ago coincides with incredible economic growth and improved standards of living around the world. With limited personal liability for shareholders, the corporation in its many forms allows free enterprise to flourish; entrepreneurs and investors risk capital on commercial ventures from fur trading to oil exploration, from computer software to handheld computers.
Thaler Liebeler counsels and advises its corporate clients in a variety of substantive areas to assist them in reaching their business objectives. We provide legal and strategic advice to corporations regarding internal governance issues, sales and acquisition transactions, leasing and contracts, as well as trademark and copyright protection.
We work with corporations in many industries including high-tech, information technology, automobile manufacturing, architecture, government contracting, food service, real estate, and shipping to name a few.
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Postscript on the Hudson Bay Company’s corporate formation back in 1670: under the original charter granted by King Charles II, the company was required to present the King or his heirs with two elk skins and two black beaver pelts whenever he visited lands under control of the company! Very interesting tax. By the way, we also give tax advice . . .