Houston Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers
Business Lawyers for Complex Business Transactions
When it comes to sustainable business growth and consolidation, mergers and acquisitions have long been essential strategies. As complex transactions that involve buying, selling, merging, or divestitures - mergers and acquisitions have significant potential to shape the dynamic of a particular company, or the industry in which they operate.
While the potential rewards of a successful merger and acquisition are considerable, so are the risks. With transactions subject to a range of legal and regulatory issues, as well as the need to clearly define roles and responsibilities, working with experienced legal counsel is critical to navigating hurdles, protecting your company’s interests, and creating a foundation that facilitates growth and future success.
At Hendershot, Cowart & Hisey, P.C., our Houston business lawyers have helped companies across Texas complete mergers and acquisitions, establish joint ventures, and navigate other high-stakes transactions for over 30 years. Regarded as industry leaders in business and health care law, we have facilitated the purchase and sale of businesses that range from hospitals and medical practices to software companies, oil and gas ventures, manufacturers, distributors, and wineries.
Mergers & Acquisitions Explained
Mergers and acquisitions refers generally to the consolidation of companies or assets. Although used interchangeably by some, there are distinct differences between the two:
- Mergers – A merger generally involves two (or more) companies of similar size that agree to move forward as a single business entity.
- Acquisitions – In an acquisition, an acquiring company purchases another company’s ownership stakes (or a majority stake), with both maintaining a separate legal existence. This often includes a target company’s stocks and assets and allows the acquiring company to make decisions without approval from a target company’s shareholders.
Mergers and acquisitions can entail a number of different transactions, as well as various legal, market, and contractual issues that are company- and industry-specific. They can be used to achieve specific objectives, such as expansion and greater market share, increased synergy, tax and operational efficiency (economies of scale), new niche offerings, or diversification and risk reduction.
Transactions involved in mergers and acquisitions may include:
- Sale of assets or sale of stocks
- Corporate restructure
- Tender offer
- Acquisition of assets
- Management acquisition
- Business formation
- Partnership dissolution
Comprehensive Counsel for Mergers and Acquisitions
By leveraging over 130 years of collective experience in business and health care law, we take a comprehensive approach to addressing regulatory, contractual, and financial issues inherent to mergers and acquisitions.
Our services are tailored to the unique needs and goals of clients, and include assistance with a range of concerns and issues:
- Letters of intent (LOI)
- Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
- Sale agreement or purchase contract
- Due diligence investigations
- Real estate and physical assets
- Environmental issues
- Tax considerations
- Regulatory compliance
- Buy-sell agreements
- Employment and shareholder agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Indemnification agreements
- Intellectual property & trade secret protection
- Outstanding liabilities & litigation
- Closing transaction documents
To avoid common mistakes and pitfalls made in mergers and acquisitions, conducting an upfront due diligence investigation is vital to the strategic business deal. A thorough due diligence investigation involves gathering and analyzing managerial, operational, financial and legal information. These investigations can be a considerable undertaking for any buyer and obtaining experienced legal counsel is highly recommended.
Speak with a Houston Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer today!
Hendershot, Cowart & Hisey, P.C. is readily available to assist companies across Texas in facilitating strategic business transactions that create the foundation for future success and growth.
If you would like to discuss a potential merger or acquisition, or speak personally with a lawyer about our legal services, call (713) 909-7323 or contact us online.