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 sometimes 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 acquires 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 gained through a process known as "due diligence". The process of due diligence uses Federal and Maine guidelines to protect both parties. If these guidelines are not followed, a party may be found in breach of a legal duty. Following the process of due diligence faithfully, however, leads to a better informed decision about the purchase of the business. It can also help the ownership transfer to go more smoothly.
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 may add to the price as well. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Maine. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Saco Attorney Help?
The laws in Maine place many unique demands on parties seeking to purchase businesses. An attorney in Saco, Maine can inform you of the particularities of your investment as it relates to local law, as well as advise you of the least costly route to acquiring control.