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We Talk about a Purchase Agreement
After 2 ½ years of looking for a software business to buy with my partner, I think we’re finally getting towards the end! And at the end of the due diligence process when you’re going to buy a company… you’ve got to sign a purchase agreement. This purchase agreement is the big contract; it’s the document that lays out all the final terms and conditions. And when it’s signed, the money is wired — and it’s official: you own the company.
So because this is all so timely for us, today we’re going to be talking all about purchase agreements! In fact, we’ll be going through the actual 57-page document I received for this software business to explain each section to give you all an idea of what to expect when it comes to negotiating your first purchase and sale agreement!
[:11] About today’s episode on purchase agreements!
[2:22] We begin looking at the 57-page purchase agreement word doc, starting with an overview of the table of contents and section 1, the glossary.
[5:09] Reviewing section 2: the purchase and sale of parent shares.
[9:40] Reviewing the following three sections that cover representations and warranties — first up, those concerning the company.
[16:30] Next up, we take a look at the sections covering representations and warranties of the sellers.
[17:55] Taking a look at the representations and warranties concerning the buyer.
[18:58] Reviewing the section that covers the additional agreements.
[19:52] Checking out section 7: identification and related matters.
[23:03] Wrapping up the podcast with some final points about purchase and sale agreements!
[24:54] What should you be focusing on when negotiating these documents?
[28:14] Thanks for tuning in!
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