Buying a Business in Pennsylvania
Buying a business can yield great profits in the future. However, individuals and companies seeking to buy businesses should be aware of the complications of the transaction.
Buying a business sometimes involves laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges. These fields are governed by Pennsylvania and Federal law.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
A buyer of a business in Philadelphia County gains a right called "control", which is the right to direct the business operations as they see fit. Control involves ownership of the business assets and customers, along with the company's 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 Pennsylvania guidelines define the process of due diligence, and sometimes legal consequences arise when these procedures are not followed properly. However, the best informed decision about whether to buy the business can only be obtained through obedience to the due diligence process. Added benefits also include a smoother transition once the business is purchased.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
How much the right of control will cost depends on how much ownership stake is required. The value of the property of the business may add to the price as well. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Pennsylvania. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Philadelphia County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Pennsylvania that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Philadelphia County, an attorney knowledgeable in Pennsylvania law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to purchase control.