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The sale of shares in a company is a common means by which ownership can be changed. Key features of a share sale agreement are:
There are also advantages for the buyer:
Once agreement in principle has been reached between a seller and buyer (particularly in relation to the valuation of the company and price to be paid), it is advisable for the parties to enter into heads of agreement.
The heads of agreement will contain the essential terms of the transaction, they will form the basis upon which the legal documents can be drafted and will help to ensure that time is used efficiently moving forward. The heads of agreement are generally not legally binding, with the exception of exclusivity (for the buyer) and confidentiality (for the seller).
The sale and purchase agreement will vary considerably from one transaction to the next, but some of the most significant points are as follows:
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Myerson solicitors were involved in a transaction managing a sale process with over 100 shareholders. We also provided a data room for this deal and worked closely with our Employment and Property Teams.
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