Overview of Private Company Mergers and Acquisitions

    February 2013

    This white paper, written by Squire Sanders partner Nicholas Unkovic, provides an overview of a typical acquisition of a US-based privately held corporation. Aspects of limited liability company (LLC) acquisitions are also covered, and many of the matters discussed also apply to public company transactions. The paper first describes the basic types of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and then discusses the development over time of the key elements of an acquisition: the business transaction, the documentation and any necessary regulatory matters.

    All stages are covered, from transaction basics and the letter of intent through the definitive purchase agreement and closing.