Buying a Business in Maine
Investing in a business can be profitable for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
Federal and Maine 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?
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. In order to protect the interests of all parties, there must be an accurate and complete picture of the financial position of the business. This picture of the company's financials is acquired through a process known as "due diligence". Federal and Maine guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not using these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. However, obedience to the process of due diligence leads to a better informed decision about purchasing the business. And afterwards, it may also help the ownership transfer to go more smoothly.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
How much a business will cost varies on the type of business, how much ownership stake you need to assert control, and the value of the business property. The procedure for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by particular laws in Maine. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Houlton Attorney Help?
In Maine, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney experienced in Maine law practicing in Houlton can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.