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Asset Sale and Purchase

When buying or selling a business, one of the critical decisions to make is how to structure the deal. Let’s explore the key considerations and legal implications of buying or selling a business.

Asset and Business Purchases

In an asset purchase, the buyer acquires specific assets that form part of the business. These assets may include intellectual property rights, customer lists, property rights, stock, and other tangible or intangible assets.

Liabilities: Generally, the buyer does not inherit the existing liabilities of the business. However, the buyer may assume some specific liabilities as part of the negotiated deal.

Clean Break for Sellers: Asset sales provide sellers with a clean break. The buyer takes over the identified assets, and the seller can walk away without ongoing liability. This structure is often preferable for sellers planning to retire or move on to new ventures.

Warranties and Indemnities: Sellers in asset sales typically provide extensive warranties and indemnities regarding the business. These assurances cover various aspects of the business and limited company. If any warranties prove inaccurate, the buyer may have a claim against the seller.

Due Diligence:
Thorough due diligence is essential. Buyers must investigate the business’s financials, contracts, legal compliance, and potential risks.

Tax Considerations:
Purchasing a business may result in tax implications. Seek professional advice from an accountant or financial advisor to understand the tax consequences for your specific situation.

Negotiation and Documentation:
Proper negotiation and well-drafted legal documentation are critical.

Contact Williamsons Solicitors on 01482 323 697.

Consult with our legal professionals to navigate the complexities and to enable you to make an informed decision on how to structure your business property transaction.

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