Buying a Business in South Carolina
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.
There are Federal and South Carolina laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange that may impact the purchase of a business.
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
When someone purchases a business in Richland County, they are actually gaining the right to direct business operations as they see fit. This right is called ?control? of the business. Control entails ownership of all the assets and customer base of the business, but it also includes the responsibility for that company?s debts and liabilities. To balance the positives and negatives, the party buying a business must get a complete picture of the financial position of the business. Through a process called "due diligence", a buyer acquires this understanding. The process of due diligence uses Federal and South Carolina guidelines to protect both parties. If these guidelines are not followed, a party might be found in breach of a legal duty. Following the process of due diligence dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to purchase a business. Also if the business is eventually bought, transfers of ownership happen much more easily once the process is followed.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
How much a business will cost varies on the type of business, how much ownership stake you need to assert control, and the value of the business property. The procedure for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by particular laws in South Carolina. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Richland County Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in South Carolina that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Richland County, an attorney experienced in South Carolina law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.