Buying a Business in Louisiana
Investing in a business can be advantageous for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
There are Federal and Louisiana 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 gains all assets and the customer base of the business, plus it also assumed the company's debts. To make his decision, a purchaser will want a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a company's financials become clear. Through due diligence, federal and Louisiana 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 dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to purchase 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?
The cost of a business mostly depends on how much ownership stake is required for control. The value of the business property and the type of business are also important factors. The procedure for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by particular laws in Louisiana. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a New Orleans Attorney Help?
Louisiana poses unique demands that a party purchasing a business must meet. Lawyers practicing in New Orleans are experienced in Louisiana law, and can find the cheapest way for you to purchase control of a business.