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Legal Issues When Buying a Business

Whether a first time buyer of businesses or seasoned acquirer with numerous deals under your hat, an experienced legal advisor is crucial for you getting the right terms.

The due diligence process in particular plays a critical part of any deal completion but, the level of detail involved will vary dramatically based on the business sector and acquisition price.

Also, the vendors and purchasers individual approach to corporate deals will play a key role in how due diligence unfolds and what might emerge in terms of complications and costs.


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What is involved in legal due diligence

The detail and depth of due diligence will vary and there is no template on time or process however the following types of business have different requirement;

  • Technology or IP developed by the seller:
    • Do they have IP rights; and
    • Any potential for 3rd party claims.
  • Software:  due diligence might include checking for bugs and user feedback;
  • People-based: we would focus on employment documentation;
    •  What is state of the employment contracts?
    • Any terms stopping key employees leaving?
    • Any history of bad management and/or risk of future tribunals
  • Product based: what is the condition of customer contracts?  what 3rd party consent is required?
  • Regulated: what consents are required?

Many businesses will combine some or all of these factors but this provides you with initial insight about the variables involved with different sectors.

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