Business Sales & Purchases

Buying or Selling a Business is a major financial decision which warrants careful attention to the legal risks. Getting it wrong can have long lasting impacts.

Business sales involve significant risk for both the Buyer and the Seller. Managing that risk is critical to ensure that your decision to invest, or sell, is a smart one.

Our comprehensive, fixed fee Business Sale & Purchase services include the following services:

Pre-Sale Readiness Procedures, including Preparation of Asset Registers and Restructuring to Minimise Risk or Tax

Business Sale Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation, including negotiation of warranties and indemnities to address key legal risks

Negotiation of Contract Pre-Conditions, or Related Contracts (such as Business Premises Sales)

Negotiation and Facilitation of Purchase Price Retentions, Seller Earn Outs, and Other Special Terms

Buyer Due Diligence & Seller Disclosure (including Online Data Rooms)

Satisfaction of Pre-Settlement Conditions, Liaison with Financiers and other Third Parties & Attendance of Settlement

Finance & Securitisation, including Vendor Finance Arrangements

Post-Completion Procedures

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Buying a Business

Many Business Buyers make the mistake of not obtaining appropriate legal advice prior to making an offer, or signing a contract. As a consequence, such Buyers take on significant risks or costs (e.g. tax) which they could have easily avoided with appropriate Business Sale advice.

The 3 key questions to ask yourself before buying a business are:

1. Have I set up the best structure to purchase / operate the Business?

Choosing the right legal structure is critical for you to achieve your business goals.

To decide what structure is most suitable to purchase and operate the Business, you will need to consider the nature of the Business, the potential speed of growth post-acquisition, and the risks associated with trading activities.

The main structures to consider are: Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, or Trust. With each structure comes different benefits, costs, risks, and taxes.

Setting up legal structures for Business acquisitions is our bread and butter. Contact us now for a free consultation to discuss your structuring options.

2. How can I Minimise my Tax on Business income using a Family Trust?

Business income is generally only treated as your personal income if you are a Sole Trader. However, using any other legal structure (such as a Company or Trust), such income will be assessed separately at the applicable income tax rate.

Depending on your personal financial circumstances, establishing a Family Trust (known as a Discretionary Trust), or an Investment Trust, may allow you to reduce your overall Tax Liability each financial year, saving thousands of dollars in the long run.

After you purchase the Business, if you wish to minimise your taxes, and maximise your profits, reach out now to discuss the tax flexibility offered by family trusts.

3. How can I implement Asset Protection to protect my Assets from Business Risk?

Running a Business comes with considerable risks. Many people make the mistake of unnecessarily exposing their personal assets to business risk. For example, such assets may include your home, car or other valuable property.

Another common mistake is to unnecessarily expose valuable Business Assets to trading risk.

If the Business fails, how would you be impacted financially? Protect your assets with appropriate structuring so you can minimise risk, and maximise profit.

Contact us now for a free asset protection consultation before proceeding with your Business purchase.

Selling Your Business

Business Sales can be complicated. Many Business Owners fail to become ‘sale-ready’, resulting in missed opportunities, or a low sale price. Being exit-ready at all times means your Business is in good shape, allowing you to Sell when the time is right, and demand the best possible price.

The 5 key questions to ask yourself before Selling a Business are:

1. Am I ready to Sell my Business?

2. Will selling my Business give me a Tax Problem?

3. What is the best structure for my Business Sale? (Asset Sales vs. Share Sales)

4. Do I rely on key people who might leave if I Sell?

5. Are there any hidden problems which might scare away a Buyer?

Get the answers to these questions on our ‘Exit – How To Sell A Business’ page:

Or speak to one of our Business Sale Lawyers now:

Contact us now for a free initial consultation.