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 Hampden County, 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. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the purchaser to make his decision. This picture is acquired through a process called "due diligence". Federal and Massachusetts guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not using these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. However, due diligence will lead to a better informed decision concerning whether you want to purchase the business. Also, it will help the business to transition more smoothly to new ownership.
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 determined somewhat by the value of the business property and the type of business. The procedure for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by particular laws in Massachusetts. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Hampden County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Massachusetts that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Hampden County, an attorney experienced in Massachusetts law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to purchase control.