Buying a Business in Kentucky
Investing in a business can be advantageous for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
There are Federal and Kentucky laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange that may impact the purchase of a business.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
The purchase of a business in Columbia 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. 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 Kentucky guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not following these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. Following the process of due diligence dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to buy a business. Also if the business is eventually bought, transfers of ownership happen much more easily once the process is followed.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
How much the right of control will cost depends on how much ownership stake is required. The value of the property of the business may add to the price as well. There are specific laws in Kentucky that dictate procedure for how the right of control of a company can be transferred and modified, and these procedures may make buying the business cheaper or more expensive, depending on a variety of factors.
How Can a Columbia Attorney Help?
Kentucky poses unique demands that a party purchasing a business must meet. Attorneys practicing in Columbia are knowledgeable in Kentucky law, and can find the cheapest way for you to purchase control of a business.