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What are some red flags to look for when buying a franchise?

Many entrepreneurs in Broward County look at the purchase of franchises as a relatively safe bet. As the logic goes, buying an established brand cuts out a lot of the legwork associated with purchasing an unproven entity. That doesn’t mean that franchises are without risks, and Forbes explains how to identify potential red flags.

Defending against a hostile acquisition

According to the Corporate Finance Institute, a hostile acquisition, which is more commonly known as a hostile takeover, is the acquisition of one company—the target company—by another by going through the company's shareholders. The acquirer is able to acquire the target company by proxy vote or a tender offer. The difference between a hostile takeover and a friendly acquisition is that the target company's board of directors does not approve of the transaction. If the initiation of a hostile takeover is imminent, the target Florida business has a few defense options. 

What are the signs of a friendly merger?

When one company buys another company in Florida, it sometimes is hostile. These are the mergers we so often hear about because they often involve litigation and drama that piques people's interest. However, many times when two companies become one, it is an amicable situation. This, according to Dummies.com, is called a friendly merger.

What is a hostile acquisition?

If you have an ownership interest in a Florida corporation, you want to protect that interest and receive the maximum financial benefits to which you are entitled. But what if another company wants to buy your company? Is that in your best interests despite whatever reservations your corporation’s board of directors may have?

What challenges do employees face during a company merger?

Mergers and acquisitions are widely considered to be a healthy part of the corporate world, opening doors for competition and innovation. However, as you are aware, few mergers in Florida and elsewhere go perfectly smoothly. Most newly-merged entities experience a few bumps in the road during the first few weeks and months after the change. Indeed, it can take some businesses a couple of years to acclimate to what may feel to employees and customers as a completely new company.

Common customer problems companies can face during a merger

The mergers and acquisitions process is rarely a simple and straightforward one. Executives will be confronted with new tasks and responsibilities, and employees on both sides face their comfortable, familiar company culture shifting and changing. Many may fear for their job security. At the Law Offices of Levi Williams, P.A., we are aware that consumers are also affected during mergers of Florida companies. It is important that you understand the different facets of a merger, so you can avoid the worst of the hurdles while the dust settles.

Tips for a successful merger

If you are the owner or high-level executive of a business in Florida, you may be eyeing the possibility of merging with another company. There can be multiple benefits to doing this that include reducing competition, increasing the breadth and depth of your offering or providing a footing into a new market area. While the reasons for merging with another business may be clear, the path to making your merger successful is not always quite as clear or easy.

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