MPL General Counsel Corner – Trust, but Verify
You figured out what you want and how much it’s worth, now what? Are you still fearful of the commitment? A letter of intent (“LOI“) might be a good next step for you to consider in the acquisition/sale process. However, what goes into an LOI? Typically, the LOI is drafted by the buyer’s counsel and addressed to the seller. It covers a variety of topics which can include the following:
- Assets acquired and excluded;
- Liabilities assumed and excluded;
- Items that need further investigation;
- Conditions that need to be met prior to closing; and
- Obligations of both parties after the closing
Importantly, a well written LOI provides for deal process stability and commitment, without the full obligation of a purchase agreement. Lastly, an LOI is generally non-binding. Still fearful of the commitment? Maybe some of the articles below can help:
- Do’s and don’ts once a letter of intent is signed – Houston Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
- How To Write A Letter Of Intent (LOI) (forbes.com)
- All Hail Letters of Intent | Inc.com
Essentially the LOI gives you the ability to “trust, but verify” (Ronald Reagan). As always, your professional business advisors (attorney, accountant, financial advisor, etc.) can certainly be a great place to also ask more questions if you think the LOI is the right fit for your transaction.
Here are a few other things that may be of interest:
- Here is the latest update from August Wealth Advisors (thanks to Howard Greenberg for sharing)
- Helpful Resource Pages
- Knowledge Center (eisneramper.com)
- Trout CPA Blog | Tax & Business-Related Topics
- News & Analysis | Littler Mendelson P.C.
- Insights, Analysis & Perspectives for Your Business | RKL LLP (rklcpa.com)
- NFIB Research: Data and Trends Affecting Small Business Owners | NFIB
- The Tax Warrior Chronicles (taxwarriors.com)
As always, please don’t hesitate to email myself (email@example.com), Andy Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Christian Miller (email@example.com), Erik Spurlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or anyone in our office with questions or comments.
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