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 Mexico laws that govern mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchanges.

How Do I Sell a Business?

Obviously, the initial step in selling a business is to either receive an offer or solicit one. In Santa Fe, purchase agents do more than simply find buyers. They also lend advice about which offers are worthwhile to consider. Deciding the correct value for the rights you are selling is critical in this process. To do this, financial statements must be updated and prepared to comply with New Mexico and Federal law. Finally, an agreement will be reached in the form of a written contract. All parties should review the contract to ensure that it reflects a complete understanding of what the parties have agreed.

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 may use the business property as it sees fit. Because the right of control is separable, the buyer of a business in Santa Fe may not be interested in other rights within the company. Actually, control is usually cheaper to purchase without other rights such as the right to future earnings. Sometimes buyers negotiate to allow those right to remain with the seller. Because of the wide variety of different concerns buyers may have, negotiations are essential. Each party should voice their intents and concerns during this process.

How Can an Attorney Help?

The advice of a local lawyer practicing in Santa Fe will make it much easier to ensure the sale of your business is in compliance with New Mexico law.