Buying a Business in Kentucky
Investing in a business can be profitable 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 Fayette County 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 define the process of due diligence, and sometimes legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed 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. 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 Fayette County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Kentucky that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Fayette County, an attorney knowledgeable in Kentucky law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.