Buying a Business in Ohio

Buying a business can be a worthwhile investment, but whether it is purchased by an individual or another company, the transaction is complicated.

There are specific laws in Ohio and the US that concern negotiations, mergers, acquisitions and securities exchanges. You may need to consider how these laws impact your situation before you buy a business.

What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?

The purchase of a business in Hudson is actually the buying of a right called "control". With this right, a party can direct business operations as it sees fit, it acquires ownership of business assets, and it assumes liability for all business 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". Federal and Ohio guidelines define the process of due diligence, and sometimes legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed properly. 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 Ohio. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.

How Can a Hudson Attorney Help?

There are unique requirements in Ohio that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Hudson, an attorney knowledgeable in Ohio law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.