A Merger and Acquisitions Advisor who is experienced and has a wealth of knowledge to rely on while guiding you through the purchase or sale of a business can make your transaction as seamless as possible. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t pay dividends to educate yourself as much as possible about everything that goes into the purchase or sale of a company beforehand. You’ll only be more empowered and more confident that your transaction is going according to plan.
With that in mind, any advisor might recommend you put together a checklist for buying or selling a business. Of course, your advisor will do the actual work in checking most of these items off your list, but again – knowledge is power on your part. For example, here’s a list of topics you might look into for detailed information when researching a potential company to purchase:
- Organization and goodwill
- Financial information
- Physical assets and real estate
- Intellectual property
- Employees and their benefits
- Permits and licenses
- Environmental issues
- Tax information
- Pre-existing contracts
- Product lines, if applicable
- Customer information
- Pending litigation
- Insurance coverage
- Publicity and articles about the business
This is just a generic list of areas of a business you’ll want to research in depth before making a purchase. Your Merger & Acquisition Advisor can certainly suggest other items worth looking into, or modify your list to suit your specific situation. In any case, having an advisor on your side can help you ensure you are fully informed and fully prepared to make the decision to purchase a business.
Fortunately, for individuals looking to purchase a business in the Southeastern United States, Aberdeen Advisors is the Merger & Acquisition Advisor you can trust. To learn more about the often complicated process of purchasing a business, and to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your dreams of business ownership, contact Aberdeen Advisors today at 727-639-4716.