Buying a Business in Massachusetts
Investing in a business can be profitable for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
Federal and Massachusetts law concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange occasionally come into play during the purchase of a business
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
When someone purchases a business in Gloucester, they are actually gaining the right to direct business operations as they see fit. This right is called ?control? of the business. Control entails ownership of all the assets and customer base of the business, but it also includes the responsibility for that company?s debts and liabilities. To balance the positives and negatives, the party buying a business must get a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a buyer acquires this understanding. Federal and Massachusetts guidelines define the process of due diligence, and occasionally legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed properly. However, the best informed decision about whether to buy the business can only be obtained through obedience to the due diligence process. Added benefits also include a smoother transition once the business is bought.
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 might add to the price as well. There are particular laws in Massachusetts 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 Gloucester Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Massachusetts that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Gloucester, an attorney experienced in Massachusetts law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.