Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures are a common occurrence in today’s business world. When well-known companies engage in these types of activities, it often is the subject of heavy media coverage. Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures can be part of any company’s business planning, from small start-ups to internationally known corporations. In any of these types of activities, there are many legal details which must be addressed and handled to create a smooth transition.
An acquisition involves the purchasing of one company by another. In a merger, two companies make an agreement to continue forward as a new single company rather than be owned and operated separately. Many types of mergers exist, such as horizontal mergers, vertical mergers, and reverse mergers. A horizontal merger is the merger of two companies in the same industry who are at similar stages in the commercial process. A vertical merger is the merger of a company with one of its suppliers or distributors. A reverse merger is the acquisition of a public company by a private one. In a divestiture, a company sells one of its businesses or reduces its assets.
In any merger, acquisition or divestiture, complex legal issues will be part of the process and will require the assistance of an attorney who understands the operation of your business along with your company’s objectives and goals. An intellectual property attorney at the firm can assist you by working closely with you throughout every phase of the process in order to achieve the desired results.
Intellectual Property Attorney’s Grimes LLC
Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures all require the legal expertise of an attorney who understands the issues and mechanics involved in accomplishing them. Members at Grimes LLC regularly participate in the negotiation, drafting, and review of transactional matters for clients in a diverse range of business endeavors. It is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law before you proceed with your acquisition, merger or divestiture.