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Asset Sale versus Stock Sale

By Hoke - Last updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

The Asset Sale is the favored means of acquiring a business. This is the form of sale in 95% of business sales. This is in lieu of acquiring the Corporation Stock. With an Asset Sale the buyer essentially acquires the Equipment, Furniture, Fixtures, Lease, Customer List, Inventory, Licenses, Permits and Trade Name. The employees are terminated by the seller and hired by the buyer. All of the employees are new employees with the buyer without seniority. The buyer may choose not to hire certain employees.  Unlike with a Stock Sale an Asset Sale does not acquire Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable or Cash. Most importantly, with an Asset Sale, any liabilities such as unknown pending lawsuits and employee liabilities stay with the seller’s corporation.

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