Merger & Acquisition Lawyer

Neufeld Legal Professional Corporation

  

Law and practic of business merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions in Canada.

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M & A LAW

Due Diligence

Business Valuation

Negotiating the Terms

Asset Purchase Deal

Share Purchase Deal

Corporate Buy-Out

Structure of Purchaser

GLOBAL ACQUISITION

U.S.A. Canada M&A

Europe Canada M&A

Asia/China Canada M&A

Middle East Canada M&A

South Amer. Canada M&A

M&A STRATEGIES

Toronto, Ontario

Calgary, Alberta

 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LAWS AND APPLICATION

Understanding  the law and the business deal to facilitate the optimal results from mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Due Diligence  --  Business Valuation -- Negotiating the Terms  --  Asset Purchase Deal  --  Share Purchase Deal  --  Corporate Buy-Out  --  Structure of Purchaser

Readiness for a Merger / Acquisition

If you are considering engaging in a merger or acquisition so as to increase your business' results through expansion, you need to thoroughly determine if your business is truly ready for a merger or acquisition. Factors to consider include the following:

(i) SWOT Analysis. A SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] analysis of your business will provide the foundation from which you can determine how your business shall be building upon its strengths, resolving its weaknesses, optimizing its opportunities and avoiding threats.

(ii) External Factor Analysis. Undertaking an assessment of external factors as to how they will impact your business, the amalgamated or merged business going forward and the cost of the contemplated transaction. If is also important to determine how external factors can be curtailed or limited, so as not to impede the transaction and the future growth of the business.

(iii) Availability of Financing. Ascertaining if you have the financing available to complete the proposed transaction and insuring that such financing will be made available on commercially reasonable terms.

(iv) Objective Assessment. Be clear and realistic about your expectations from the proposed transaction. The contemplated merger or acquisition should be consistent with the overall strategic direction of your business.

Characteristics in a SWOT Analysis:

STRENGTHS

-good financial position [not overleveraged or heavily indebted]

-skilled labor force [little if any additional training required]

-existence of strong goodwill [good reputation and business name]

-latest machinery and application of advanced innovative strategies

-accessible transportation linkages

-little, if any, substantive competition

WEAKNESSES

-poor financial position [highly leveraged, heavily indebted]

-unskilled and/or inadequately trained workforce [thereby requiring significant additional training]

-lack of goodwill and/or name reputation

-antiquated machinery / equipment, combined with the lack of innovation

-poor location [inefficient transportation linkages, inopportune for workforce]

-challenges associated with a share ownership [holding too much or too little corporate securities]

-too much waste

OPPORTUNITIES

-good financial position creating a favorable reputation for future bank financing

-skilled labor force [creating efficiencies so as to optimize the business]

-competitor goes bankrupt

-increased application of technological innovations

-increased spending power

-introducing products and/or services to new market sectors

THREATS

- large and increased competition

- rising cost of salary and benefits

- possible necessity to relocate as a result of the inadequacy of the present location

- legal, regulatory and political challenges and impediments to development

- increasing bank charges and interest rates

- if existing product and/or services are becoming unfashionable or unpopular

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For knowledgeable and experienced legal representation in orchestrating and completing business mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, contact corporate commercial lawyer Christopher Neufeld at 416-887-9702 / 403-400-4092 or Chris@MergerAcquisitionLawyer.ca.

 

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Merger Acquisition Lawyer Christopher Neufeld is admitted to practice law in Alberta and Ontario (Canada) and New York (U.S.A.).  Christopher's legal practice focuses primarily on business law, in particular corporate commercial transactions (mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business purchases and sales, etc.).  With operations emanating from Toronto (1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801, Toronto, Ontario) and Burlington (719 Catalina Crescent, Burlington, Ontario), we are in immediate proximity to businesses situated in downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Brampton, Milton, Guelph, and Kitchener Waterloo; together with southern Alberta from our Calgary location (77 Tuscany Ridge Mews NW, Calgary, Alberta). COPYRIGHT 2014.

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