Buying or selling a company or division? We draft and review documents to protect your interests in the deal.
An acquisition, also known as a takeover or a buyout or “merger”, is the buying of one company (the ‘target’) by another. An acquisition, or a merger, may be private or public, depending on whether the acquiree or merging company is or isn’t listed in public markets. An acquisition may be friendly or hostile. Hostile acquisitions can, and often do, turn friendly at the end, as the acquiror secures the endorsement of the transaction from the board of the acquiree company.
The acquisition process can be very complex, with many aspects and elements influencing the outcome. There are also a variety of structures used in securing control over the assets of a company, which have different tax and regulatory implications. Proper due diligence and legal documentation is critical to the process.
Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures – Buying & Selling Businesses
- Due diligence
- Letters of intent
- Sale of corporate assets
- Sale of corporate stock
- Merger agreement
- Sale of proprietorship assets
- Contract for sale of professional practice
- Contract for sale of business and real property
- Opinion of legal counsel
- Memorandum of understanding
- Restructuring and termination
- Workouts and business bankruptcy
- Wind up and dissolve
- Dissolution and liquidation