The Business Counselor Institute creates, maintains and distributes a comprehensive portfolio of practical and timely legal and business information for legal professionals and their clients in a variety of formats including books; online infobases, such as the Business Counselor page on Westlaw; in-person and online programs and seminars; and newsletters, guides and working papers. In addition, training services are available to businesses of all sizes around the world through relationships with affiliated parties such as West LegalEd Center and news and updated practical information of interest to business counselors and their clients is regularly distributed through blogs and e-magazines published by Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions and various social media outlets.

The Founding Director of the Institute is Alan Gutterman, who is the developer and author of Business Transactions Solution, a Thomson Reuters Legal Solution available through Westlaw Next.  Alan is a well known and widely respected legal and business counselor to entrepreneurs, emerging companies and investors.  He received his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California in Berkeley and has also earned a PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, where he was affiliated with the ESRC Centre for Business Research.  He has been a partner and senior counsel at internationally recognized law firms where he has specialized in general corporate and securities matters, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, international law and transactions, strategic business alliances, technology transfers and intellectual property.  He has also served as the chief legal officer of a leading international wholesaler in the information technology industry headquartered in Silicon Valley.  In addition to his work with the Institute, he is the Founding Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project, which engages in and promotes research, education and training activities relating to entrepreneurial ventures launched with the aspiration to create sustainable enterprises that achieve significant growth in scale and value creation through the development and commercialization of innovative products or services which form the basis for a successful international business.  More information about Alan is available here.

Information on the Institute’s publications is available on Alan Gutterman’s Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions author page and currently include the popular and innovative online Business Transactions Solution, available exclusively on Westlaw; Business Counselor Practice Guides covering legal and regulatory compliance, law firm management, technology management and transactions and strategic alliances; California Transactions Forms for Business Entities and Business Transactions; and Going Global: A Guide to Building an International Business.