“Whether it’s your first deal or just your next, with my practice focused on the SMB-acquisition M&A space, I can bring the legal experience and know-how to help you get to the closing table smoothly, while protecting your interests.”
Let’s make your SMB acquisition deal a success.
Business acquisition deals are complicated.
Whether you are getting into business for the first time, expanding your existing portfolio, or considering a strategic acquisition, the process can get pretty rigorous, especially for more complex deals.
To protect your interests and maximize your chances of a smooth transaction, you should be working with a lawyer (and team of other professionals) who are experienced in the M&A space.
My legal practice is focused exclusively on M&A deals (and primarily buy-side SMB acquisitions) and I’ve helped clients close millions of dollars of deals across a broad range of industries. These include local businesses with physical locations as well as digital and online concerns, primarily in the mainstreet and lower mid-market price range ($500k – $10 million). With this niche practice focus and deal experience, I have the practical experience to help you successfully navigate just about any sort of acquisition deal.
Whether you are an experienced investor needing a la carte services or need full support, I can advise and assist with all aspects of your deal.
I look forward to the opportunity to learn about your deal and how I can help. In the meantime, please feel free to check out my reviews, free articles, bio, and M&A focused legal glossary for more information about me and my practice. I also share SMB acquisition tips daily on Twitter.
I know your business acquisition deal is important! I offer the end-to-end representation to get you to the closing table with peace of mind and minimal hassles.
Here’s what you get when you choose Clear Focus Law to represent you for your business acquisition deal:
Direct access to me (not my paralegal or assistant) by phone, text, email, and secure-messaging
Seller and deal vetting
Due-diligence advice and support
Secure digital data room for sharing sensitive documents
Business & tax-savvy advice for deal structure
Access to my hand-picked network of allied professionals to help close your deal including insurance consultants, tax experts, and lenders
Review & drafting of all critical deal documents
Guidance on critical tax issues
Advice on valuation & pricing
Guidance on entity selection and on-the-fly formation as necessary (including SPACs and SPEs)
Advice on reps/warranties, hold-backs, earnouts and other protections
Plus, I always charge a flat fee for your predictability and peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes I have clients ask me this question and the answer is always a very emphatic “yes.” You simply can’t afford to rely either on DIY sources (like the internet) or even worse, the other side’s attorney on as important a transaction as a business purchase or sale. You absolutely need to have competent legal advice that you can rely on and that is for your interests only. In fact, you should know that the other attorney in the transaction has absolutely no obligation to do anything in your interests. The other attorney is actually legally bound to do everything for the best interests of the other party even if that means making you pay the price.
My fee varies widely depending on the stage, size and complexity of your transaction, the services you retain me for (e.g. whether you would like me to help you with the due diligence phase) and the number of other professionals involved with whom I will need to work. As much possible I always quote flat fees for my services.
I recommend allowing for an absolute minimum of least six months for most transactions. This does not include time for due diligence which usually can take many more months. If SBA financing is involved, I recommend allowing for even more time for the transaction to close and making sure that everyone has the flexibility to accommodate closing delays. As with many federal government underwritten loan programs, SBA-backed loans are notorious for being slow to close.
Most business purchase or sale transactions will involve a number of other professionals. At a minimum it will involve a CPA and usually a commercial banker.
If you already have your own team of professional that you work with then I’m happy to work with them. On the other hand, if you need recommendations, I maintain a network of highly vetted professionals who can assist with your transaction.
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