Buying a Business in North Carolina
Buying a business can be a worthwhile investment, but whether it is purchased by an individual or another company, the transaction is complicated.
Specific regulations concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges may be implicated when you buy a business. These areas are all governed by Federal and North Carolina law.
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. To make his decision, a buyer will want a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a company's financials become clear. In the process of due diligence, Federal and North Carolina guidelines are used to inform both parties. If there is a deviation from these guidelines, one party may be held legally accountable. 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?
The price of a business depends on the value of the ownership stake that is necessary to exert control, and this in turn is decided somewhat by the value of the business property and the type of business. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in North Carolina. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Forsyth County Attorney Help?
In North Carolina, the law poses requirements for a party purchasing a business to fulfill. An attorney knowledgeable in North Carolina law practicing in Forsyth County can help you comply with these laws and acquire control of the business you want to buy as cheaply as possible.