The asset sale agreement must identify the parties to the transaction as well as the specific tangible and intangible assets that are sold. In addition, the agreement specifies the commitments that the buyer has committed to take over and how the assets and liabilities are sold, the terms and conditions of payment. Finally, asset acquisition contracts should include, among other things, the seller`s assurances regarding the status and performance of the assets sold, the rights of each party in the event of an infringement and the timing of the closing of the transaction. Overall, the asset purchase agreement should be balanced to protect the interests of both parties. Stocks must be determined and an assessment mechanism must be put in place after closing. This value is generally estimated. At the close, an inventory review is usually conducted, which changes the estimated value in real terms and thus changes the purchase price. When structuring the sale of a business activity, the transaction can be set up in two ways: the purchase and sale of the company`s assets, or the purchase and sale of company shares. Depending on whether an acquisition is structured in the form of asset sales or share sales (or mergers), there are significant differences between the securities of the transaction.
A substantial portion of an asset acquisition contract is used to identify assets to be acquired and liabilities to be accepted by the purchaser. As a general rule, the buyer wants the asset purchase contract to exclude the buyer from obligations other than the debts expressly assumed. If the provisions describe acquired assets and liabilities are carefully written, the seller`s insurance and guarantees may be limited to focusing on items that have or are likely to affect those assets and liabilities. In addition to an asset purchase agreement, other ancillary agreements are required to transfer assets from seller to buyer. These include a sale invoice, transfer and acquisition agreements, transfer orders and bids for changes to the company`s name, as well as agreements to hire the company`s staff by the purchaser. A sale of assets is the acquisition of individual assets and liabilities, while a sale of shares is the acquisition of the shares of a company.