Buying a Business in Texas
Purchasing a business can yield great profits in the future. However, individuals and companies looking to buy businesses should be aware of the complications of the transaction.
There are Federal and Texas laws concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange that may impact the purchase of a business.
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. 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. In the process of due diligence, Federal and Texas guidelines are used to inform both parties. If there is a violation from these guidelines, one party may be held legally accountable. 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 Texas. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Commerce Attorney Help?
Texas poses unique demands that a party purchasing a business must meet. Lawyers practicing in Commerce are experienced in Texas law, and can find the cheapest way for you to purchase control of a business.