After years of work in a business, it can be quite profitable to sell it. Being acquired by a larger company is something that many hope for. However, selling a business is rarely a simple affair. Parties to the purchase of a business must comply with Federal and New Jersey laws that govern mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchanges.
How Do I Sell a Business?
The first step in selling a Washington business is soliciting an offer. A purchase agent can help you find prospective buyers, as well as advise you concerning whether offers that you receive are worth consideration. The purchaser may want financial records to be updated in accordance with New Jersey and Federal law. This may be required by law in some cases, and besides, it always helps in determining the correct value for the rights you are selling. As an agreement for the purchase is reached, usually a formal contract will be written. It is important to review such documents before they are signed so that all aspects of the agreement are presented properly.
What Will I Give Up in the Business?
The sale of a business is simply the transfer of a right known as "control". The party with control of a business directs its operations and can use the business property as it sees fit. Since buyers in Washington are generally concerned with acquiring control, they may be willing to allow other rights, such as the right to future earnings, to remain with the seller in exchange for the cheapest price on the right of control. The wide variety of concerns that buyers may have make the negotiations process particularly vital. It's important at the outset for each party to make plain their intentions and concerns.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Parties who want to sell businesses must meet the requirements of New Jersey law. Ensuring that the sale is proper is much simpler with the advice of a local attorney practicing in Washington.