Every business owner knows that there are continuing challenges as your company’s success increases. With initial success, there may be expansion. This expansion can be complicated, involving real estate transactions, financial matters and more. At Scott M. Haapala PLLC, I guide businesses in the Seattle area and throughout Washington through every step of their growth process, whether they are going through a merger or an acquisition. I understand that growth isn’t without challenges, but my proactive approach offers you a firm legal foundation for your expanded business.
With a merger, two separate companies combine to form a new enterprise. The two original companies cease to exist as separate businesses and instead continue to run as a single entity. This process is also known as consolidation. I will assist you through a smooth merger and then advise you on how to function as one business.
An acquisition occurs when one company purchases another. The acquiring company takes over the assets of the target company. Also known as a takeover, an acquisition can either be private or public, depending on whether the target company has publicly traded stocks. Whether your acquisition is friendly or hostile, I can help ensure that it is successful.
The purpose of a merger or an acquisition is to strengthen the company while continuing to provide value. It is imperative to your company’s success that this deal is fully developed, covering every aspect to protect your business.
As an established corporate law attorney, I have extensive experience handling all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including:
There are many issues that can arise during a merger or acquisition. That’s why it’s essential to retain skilled counsel who can guide you through every step of the process. I can help ensure that you are compliant with fair competition and antitrust laws according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). I can also advise you on how to remain in good standing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Whether you are considering merging your business with another one or acquiring a new enterprise, I will perform a detailed review of all relevant documents, draft new contracts and other agreements to ensure a smooth transition, assist with real estate transactions to accommodate your growth, and continue to advise you when legal issues arise.
Scott M. Haapala PLLC represents companies of all sizes in mergers and acquisitions. From my office in Seattle, I represent clients throughout Washington. Call me at 206-240-0442 or contact me online to schedule a consultation today.