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Stock Purchase Agreement


Asked on Jun 20, 2023

When to use a stock purchase agreement?

I am a business owner looking to purchase a company and I am considering using a Stock Purchase Agreement to effectuate the transaction. I am uncertain when this type of agreement should be used and would like to understand the legal implications of using it. I am also interested in understanding any potential tax implications of using a Stock Purchase Agreement.

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Answered 382 days ago

Thomas L.

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There are two ways to buy a company. 1. Asset purchase (you purchase the assets of the company directly) 2. Equity (stock) purchase. You purchase the equity of the company. Eauity purchases are far less expensive (legal fees). But in either case, you must hold back 10-20% of the purchase price in trust for a year to make sure the accounting records are in fact accurate, the receivables actually exist, and there are no undisclosed liabilities (tax, employee lawsuits, etc.)

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