Buying a Business in Rhode Island
Purchasing a business can yield great profits in the future. However, individuals and companies hoping to buy businesses should be aware of the complications of the transaction.
Purchasing a business occasionally involves laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations or securities exchanges. These fields are governed by Rhode Island and Federal 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 gains all assets and the customer base of the business, plus it also assumed the company's debts. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the purchaser to make his decision. This picture is acquired through a process called "due diligence". Federal and Rhode Island guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not using these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. 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 bought.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
Control of a business is sold for an amount that is necessary for a party to acquire an ownership stake. The value of the business property and the type of business factor in to determine the exact price. There are particular laws in Rhode Island that dictate procedure for how the right of control of a company can be transferred and modified, and these procedures may make buying the business cheaper or more expensive, depending on a variety of factors.
How Can a Barrington Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Rhode Island that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Barrington, an attorney experienced in Rhode Island law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.