Purchase and Sale of U.S. and Foreign Companies
Our focus is representing U.S. private companies, business owners and investors in the acquisition of foreign companies, including corporate structures with subsidiaries in various countries outside of the United States. Similarly, we represent U.S. business entities and U.S. individuals in the sale of their companies located in the United States or abroad.
Aside from advising U.S. companies and individuals in business transactions domestically and internationally, we also represent foreign businesses and investors focused on acquisitions of U.S. companies. Oftentimes, foreign business owners acquire or start businesses in the United States for immigration purposes. Specifically, foreigners who purchase or start a business can qualify and obtain immigrant or non-immigrant investors visas to the United States.
The investor can obtain an investor visa regardless of whether the acquisition is structured as an asset purchase or a stock purchase. The types of non-immigrant investors visas available to foreign citizens intending to do business in the United States include the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, L-1A Visa Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager, L-1B Visa Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge and O-1 Visa Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa is available to investors and is colloquially known as the “Green Card.” Visit our investor immigration webpage to learn more about the immigration services we offer to investors.
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Acquiring a U.S. or foreign company has many other advantages for growing an already existing company. Similar to an international merger or acquisition, the sale of a U.S. or foreign company is a significant event for any company. The sale is an exit strategy that gives a business owner a way to reduce or liquidate his or her stake in the business and, if the business exit is successful, make a substantial profit.
The acquisition of a U.S. or foreign company is one of the most important means to growing a company. Because most businesses, except for the largest of companies, lack the infrastructure, management, financial resources and required know-how to enter new markets, acquiring a company domestically or internationally is an attractive option. An acquisition aids companies to establish strategic business alliances and allows them to access the global marketplace more economically and effectively, and reduce the legal, regulatory, cultural, language and currency differences.
In other words, purchasing an already existing business in a foreign territory offers new possibilities and is a faster, less expensive, and a much less risky proposition than the traditional methods of growth of starting everything from scratch. The company targeted for acquisition is already in existence, benefits from the historical track record, local licenses and permits, local labor supply, local knowledge, customer base, financing options otherwise not available and knowledge of local laws and regulations among many others.
In this context, it is important to work with an international lawyer that is knowledgeable about international law, civil legal systems and regulatory frameworks and other local issues that are included in the structuring and closing an international merger and acquisition transaction.
We are familiar with foreign agencies that oversee acquisitions and mergers and foreign licensing and intellectual property agencies, and combine international experience to execute, negotiate and close acquisitions and sales of U.S. and foreign companies. We have gained international experience in Florida, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.
Contact us or schedule a consultation with your international business attorney in Florida to represent you in the acquisition or sale of U.S. and foreign companies. We speak English, Romanian and Bulgarian.