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 sometimes come into play during the purchase of a business
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
When someone buys a business in Westford, 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. Accordingly, the party buying a business will want a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", the financials of the company are disclosed. In the process of due diligence, Federal and Massachusetts guidelines are used to inform both parties. If there is a deviation from these guidelines, one party may be held legally accountable. 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 purchased.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
Control of a business is sold for an amount that is necessary for a party to acquire an ownership stake. The value of the business property and the type of business factor in to determine the exact price. There are specific 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 Westford Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Massachusetts that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Westford, an attorney knowledgeable in Massachusetts law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.