Can a public company acquire a private company by buying the stock or must they in effect but the assets?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Either is permissible. The particular circumstances of the deal will dictate a preference. Best wishes,
As a Franchise Attorney I agree with the other attorney answer. They can purchase just the assets or the stock, depending on the extent of existing or unknown liabilities, etc. Consult with a good business or franchise attorney in your area for specific advice.
Mr. Franchise - Kevin B. Murphy, B.S., M.B.A., J.D.
Franchise Foundations, a Professional Corporation
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