Buying a Business in California
Buying a business can be an advantageous investment for both individuals and companies. However, the transaction is much more complicated than an usual purchase.
There are Federal and California laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange that may impact the purchase of a business.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
If a party wants to direct business operations, the best way is to acquire a right called "control". With control of a business, the party acquires all assets and the customer base of the business, plus it also assumed the company's debts. In order to protect the interests of all parties, there must be an accurate and complete picture of the financial position of the business. This picture of the company's financials is gained through a process known as "due diligence". Federal and California guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not following these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. However, obedience to the process of due diligence leads to a better informed decision about buying the business. And afterwards, it may also help the ownership transfer to go more smoothly.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
The price of a business depends on the value of the ownership stake that is necessary to exert control, and this in turn is decided somewhat by the value of the business property and the type of business. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in California. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Woodland Attorney Help?
In California, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney knowledgeable in California law practicing in Woodland can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.