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When purchasing an existing business, the buyer must determine whether he is buying the company`s assets or the company`s portfolio. Since the types of sales have advantages and disadvantages for each party, the buyer and seller must enter into an agreement to make the sale. Information plans contain information that is required in the asset acquisition agreement that qualifies the guarantees and guarantees provided by the Asset Purchase Agreement, and they often explicitly identify acquired assets and liabilities. In the event of an asset acquisition, the buyer is able to indicate the liabilities he is willing to assume while leaving other liabilities. On the other hand, in the case of a share purchase, the buyer acquires shares in a company that may have unknown or uncertain debts. The choice of the appropriate acquisition transaction can have significant tax consequences for both the buyer and seller, as well as other commercial consequences. With the help of a competent lawyer who can guide you through the benefits and consequences of any type of transaction, you can more easily determine whether an asset or share purchase best suits your needs and wishes. Please contact Greenbaum Law Firm, P.A., for a consultation today. When structuring the sale of a business activity, the transaction can be set up in two ways: the purchase and sale of the company`s assets, or the purchase and sale of company shares.
However, when it comes to the sale of a company, all owners must agree. Therefore, one of the owners cannot simply enter into a contract to sell all of the company`s shares or assets to a potential buyer without prior consultation and approval of such a decision. If the business for sale is an individual business, a limited liability company or a limited liability company, the sale cannot be structured as a share sale, as these types of businesses generally do not have shares to offer. As a result, these companies will be involved in the sale of assets. However, if the business operates as a business, whether it is an S-Corporation company or a C company, the buyer and seller must agree on how they will structure the transaction and whether it is a sale of the company`s assets or a sale of the owner`s shares. Buying assets versus buying shares – how do you decide? Upon purchase of shares, the purchaser acquires the outstanding shares of the entity (usually all outstanding shares of the entity concerned) and legally acquires all the assets, rights and liabilities of the target company (including undisclosed or unknown liabilities).