Buying a Business in Michigan
Investing in a business can be beneficial for companies and private parties. The transaction can be complicated, however.
Federal and Michigan 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. To balance the positives and negatives, the party buying a business must get a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a buyer acquires this understanding. In the process of due diligence, Federal and Michigan guidelines are used to inform both parties. If there is a violation from these guidelines, one party may be held legally accountable. 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?
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. The procedure for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by particular laws in Michigan. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Alpena Attorney Help?
Michigan poses unique demands that a party purchasing a business must meet. Lawyers practicing in Alpena are experienced in Michigan law, and can find the cheapest way for you to purchase control of a business.