Buying a Business
OUR CORPORATE AND BUSINESS LAWYERS WORK WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY TO MAKE SURE EVERY “I” IS DOTTED AND “T” IS CROSSED IN ALL AREAS INCLUDING:
- Thorough evaluation and due diligence on the business you are looking to purchase in order to minimize your risk and avoid any potential issues, including review of all pre-existing obligations, agreements, leases and contracts.
- Assessing all of your options and ensuring you pay a fair price.
Structuring the deal to best suit your needs and minimize tax implications.
- Identify and help manage risks as you move forward.
Working with McQuarrie, you will also get the added benefit of a multi-service firm with in-house tax lawyers and expertise and lawyers in our Real Estate Law group to address any areas of your purchase involving leasing space or purchasing land or buildings.
Selling A Business
As a business owner, you’ve worked hard and invested time, money and energy to grow your business to where it is today, and now it’s time to sell. Naturally, you want to get the highest value possible for your business while ensuring a smooth transition so your hard work and dedication can continue to grow in the hands of a new owner.
Selling or transferring a business is a lengthy process that requires planning and preparation long before the sale process actually begins. It is important to speak with an experienced business lawyer early. McQuarrie has helped thousands of clients sell their businesses, we can help you.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SELLING YOUR BUSINESS HERE ARE SOME STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME:
- Seek counsel from a knowledgeable and experienced corporate or business lawyer to ensure you have all necessary documentation, contracts and agreements in place with vendors, suppliers, employees, contractors and other key stakeholders in the operation of the business. If you do not, now is the time to create these necessary documents. This will be a key piece of information sellers will look for.
- Take steps to increase the value of your business and attract buyers. These can include establishing and documenting processes, adding additional revenue streams, expanding into new markets, cultivating a strong culture with your workforce, and mitigating any areas of risk.
- Make sure your financial records and accounts are in order and up to date so prospective buyers can get a complete and detailed view of your business’ financial position. Having complete and accurate financial statements will also help you get the proper value for your business. Consult with your accountant if you need assistance in this area.
Our lawyers can also assist you if you’re not sure of how to sell your business. You will want to be careful not to disclose too much information too early, especially to a competitor. Our lawyers can assist you in determining how to phase the disclosure of information. We can also negotiate and draft letters of intent and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements on your behalf.
At McQuarrie, we regularly review and draft documents and agreements such as these to maximize the value of a company to a prospective purchase
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, takeovers and other complex transactions may have immense and immediate consequences for your business, family and legacy. Learn more about the risks, and secure your interests with the assistance of McQuarrie’s experienced mergers and acquisitions lawyers. Our mission is to close your deal quickly, while ensuring that all of your interests are protected.
Our M&A lawyers are prepared to provide or arrange any service necessary to see your merger plan through to completion. We handle transactions of all sizes for clients looking to build many different types of short and long-term relationships with other corporate entities. Our lawyers have decades of experience assisting clients with strategic alliances, recapitalizations, restructurings, divestitures and many other types of agreements.
We value our team members, their intellect and decision-making characters. We are proud we managed to gather smart, talented and client-oriented staff, and we are happy to introduce them to our clients!