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As businesses grow, owners should consider potential expansion and exit opportunities in order to make sure their years of hard work continue to pay off. Often, these opportunities involve the purchase, merger with, or sale of other businesses. 

Mergers and acquisitions generally refer to the consolidation of companies. An “acquisition” is when one company takes over another and becomes the new owner, assuming the company’s assets and liabilities. A “merger” is when two businesses join together as a newly formed, single entity.

Mergers and acquisitions require complex agreements, detailed financial disclosures, and solid communications between all of the businesses involved.  Whether you are selling a small neighborhood store or merging with a multinational corporation, experienced counsel is necessary to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and to make sure your business objectives are achieved. At General Counsel, P.C., our attorneys are skilled in all aspects of the mergers and acquisitions processes, from both the buy and sell sides. Our team call assist you in:

  • Identifying your business objectives
  • Building a roadmap of the process and providing estimated timelines
  • Negotiating the deal and final agreement
  • Conducting due diligence
  • Coordinating with accounting teams to determine tax implications and how to best structure the transaction to minimize adverse tax consequences
  • Obtaining any required regulatory approvals
  • Obtaining third-party consents, including from lenders and parties to contracts
  • Novating government contracts and obtaining approvals
  • Buy/sell issues concerning 8(a) Business Development small businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small businesses, woman-owned small businesses (WOSBs), and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs)
  • Transferring title of assets
  • Preparation of documents
  • Post-purchase integration

Mergers and acquisitions are not one size fits all. These transactions can vary drastically between industries. Additionally, there are different types of mergers and acquisitions and the way these transactions are structured will dictate the relationship between the companies moving forward. We can work with businesses to discern their ultimate objectives and tailor each transaction to achieve them. Some of the different transactions we can assist business owners with include:

  • Purchasing a business
  • Selling a business
  • Reorganizations
  • Buyouts
  • Asset purchases
  • Stock purchases
  • Statutory mergers
  • Cash-out mergers
  • Stock for stock exchanges
  • Change in control transactions
  • Corporate spinoffs
  • Leveraged buyouts

Our team will help you navigate the complex waters of these transactions, starting at the beginning with letters of intent, through negotiations and the drafting and finalizing of documents. Additionally, these transactions also typically affect other aspects of a business, presenting intellectual property and employment issues, and our team is equipped to handle all aspects of the process. Our various departments, including employment, tax, real estate, government contracts, intellectual property, and corporate matters, trusts, estates and contingency planning all work collectively to ensure any potential issues are identified and solutions are implemented for the businesses we work with. If you are considering buying or selling your company, contact General Counsel, PC today at (703) 556-0411 or submit an inquiry here.


Whether you are establishing a new business or you are a large corporation seeking outside counsel, we are well-positioned to meet the legal needs of your business.

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Our team of attorneys is dedicated to ensuring that your company stays on track to achieve its business objectives. We strive to build a partnership with you and your business, remaining on call as you grow your operation and are faced with new opportunities and new challenges.