Buying a Business in Massachusetts
Investing in a business can be advantageous 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 Norfolk, 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 define the process of due diligence, and occasionally legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed properly. 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 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 Massachusetts. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Norfolk Attorney Help?
In Massachusetts, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney experienced in Massachusetts law practicing in Norfolk can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.