Buying a Business in Illinois
Investing in a business can be profitable for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
Specific regulations concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges may be implicated when you buy a business. These areas are all governed by Federal and Illinois law.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Urbana is actually the buying of a right called "control". With this right, a party can direct business operations as it sees fit, it acquires ownership of business assets, and it assumes liability for all business debts. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the buyer to make his decision. This picture is gained through a process called "due diligence". Through due diligence, federal and Illinois guidelines are used to inform both parties, and there may be legal consequences for not following these guidelines properly. Following the process of due diligence faithfully, however, leads to a better informed decision about the purchase of the business. It can 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 Illinois. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Urbana Attorney Help?
In Illinois, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney knowledgeable in Illinois law practicing in Urbana can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.