Buying a Business in Texas
Buying 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 specific laws in Texas 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?
When someone buys a business in Houston, 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. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the buyer to make his decision. This picture is gained through a process called "due diligence". Federal and Texas guidelines are used in the process of due diligence, and not following these guidelines can lead to legal consequences. However, due diligence will lead to a better informed decision concerning whether you want to buy the business. Also, it will help the business to transition more smoothly to new ownership.
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 Texas. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Houston Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Texas that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Houston, an attorney knowledgeable in Texas law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to gain control.