Acquisition Documents and Strategies

By David Dodson
2019 | Case No. E677 | Length 12 pgs.
Buying a company is a high-stakes and complex process, and involves an in-depth review of hundreds of pages of legal documents. This white paper gives a full listing of these important documents and what each document should detail – along with practical guidance on what relationships, responsibilities, and information these documents will spell out. In addition, there are recommendations on which aspects of these documents warrant closer scrutiny, and practical suggestions to keep legal fees from escalating needlessly.

Learning Objective

Early CEOs and those learning to be CEOs one day will gain a better understanding of the entire range of legal documentation that is essential to the purchase of any company, and how to focus their review of these documents to avoid pitfalls, failed transactions, and unnecessary legal fees.
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