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Will a T-Mobile/Sprint business merger get approved?

Two major U.S. wireless carriers are reportedly almost ready to submit a proposed agreement to antitrust regulators for approval. This mega business merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is projected to draw negative comments from the current presidential administration as the antitrust regulators adamantly expressed disapproval of proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger earlier this year. If approved, the T-Mobile/Sprint deal will create a combined company valued at approximately $146 billion. California residents considering stock purchases in either of these companies may want to stay updated on the situation.

Telekom currently owns a major portion of T-Mobile and would reportedly have controlling interest in the new company if the business merger takes place. Sprint and T-Mobile have always been fierce competitors. For the past four years, they’ve been discussing a plan to combine efforts to take on other telecommunications giants, such as those mentioned earlier in this post.  

The public would hold approximately 31 percent of the shares in the new company if the merger goes through. Company leaders say the new company would provide an unsurpassed network experience for its customers. As it stands, T-Mobile and Sprint have combined liabilities totaling $60 billion.  

Not every potential deal between two or more companies involves assets worth more than $100 billion. However, even mergers that take place on much smaller scales can significantly impact productivity and profitability within their respective companies. In fact, some mergers keep companies from going under and propel them toward future success by expanding their sizes and making them stronger competitors. To avoid major delays and obstacles in a proposed plan, it is always a good idea to have someone well-versed in California business and commercial law on hand to address any issues that arise.

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Planning Ahead For A Successful Business Merger

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Mergers & Acquisitions on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Many people in California and throughout the United States are foregoing college educations to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. It’s a rather controversial topic with advocates and naysayers on both sides. Both choices often lead to business ownership, and owning a business often leads to an eventual business merger. Thorough research and careful planning can set the stage for successful expansion.

When considering a business merger, there are several things to keep in mind. First and foremost is the fact that once the deal is finalized, a new company exists. Therefore, it’s important to think things through and make well-informed decisions so the outcome will provide the greatest chances for increased business success.

A successful business manager who now coaches CEOs and entrepreneurs advises anyone considering merging with another company or acquiring additional business assets to remember several things. First, it’s important to maintain a work ethic and start-up plan that sets the stage for complete integration and successful mergers. It also helps to be aware of the estimated value and potential costs of a proposed merge.

Many California business mergers fail to boost shareholder returns. This is another reason it’s crucial to thoroughly research a plan and check for possible flaws ahead of time. A business and commercial law attorney can provide many services that assist business owners as they navigate the mergers and acquisition process. From reviewing a proposed plan and making suggestions where changes may be needed to negotiating terms and agreements with other companies’ leaders, aligning oneself with experienced legal representation is often a key to success.

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Legal Challenges Not Uncommon When Selling a Business

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Sales & Dissolutions on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

There are any number of reasons why a California business owner may decide to relinquish ownership by selling a company. Often, legal challenges arise during the process of selling a business that may be best addressed through sound and experienced legal counsel. Sellers and buyers often have very different perspectives regarding potential deals, and sellers often want to make certain that the appropriate valuations are assigned to their businesses before allowing ownership to change hands.

There are various factors to consider when attempting to value a business. The most obvious is to add up all company assets to calculate a selling price. Both net and future potential incomes may also be considered when determining how much a business is worth. The bottom line is that business owners want to protect their interests when determining fair selling prices for their companies.

A business owner often obtains a professional valuation before negotiating a sale. As the process unfolds, at some point, a contract must be drafted requiring signatures of both the seller and buyer in order to finalize a sale. It is crucial to clarify all legal terms, obligations and fine print details in a sales contract to avoid possible disputes from arising.

Anyone selling a business in California who wants to discuss the matter with a business and commercial law attorney can do so by contacting a law office in the area to request a consultation. There are many ways in which an experienced attorney can be of service to a business owner during sale negotiations and contract resolutions. Whether assistance is needed to properly value a business, clarify state law or negotiate a contract dispute, a first logical step to take to resolve such issues would be to seek guidance from a local attorney.

Source: bizbuysell.com, “How To Value A Business“, Richard Parker, Accessed on April 6, 2016

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Reverse Business Merger is an Alternative Way to Obtain Funding

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Mergers & Acquisitions on Monday, May 5, 2014.

Startup companies have many challenges to overcome when starting a new business. One of the most common and significant challenges facing a startup is obtaining venture capital in California or in any other state. Many times there are more startups looking for funding than there are venture capital and Angel investors available. However, one unorthodox method of obtaining capital, which has gained some popularity recently, is using a business merger to garner funding.

However, startups looking to go this route are engaging in a specific type of merger known as a reverse merger. This type of merger is usually utilized in order to avoid the process and expenses related to an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Usually, a dormant shell company is chosen for this type of transaction. However, there are many shell companies that have less than pristine histories; therefore, it is important to properly research a shell company’s past in order to avoid any unforeseen liabilities.

Also, many public shell companies that are ready to be sold are not listed by NASDAQ, but instead are traded on less prestigious avenues. For example, the OTC Bulletin Board is a common place where shell companies are listed instead of the NASDAQ. Although these companies can be renamed and moved to the NASDAQ, this may end up negating any savings on expenses and time, which would be the original intent of a reverse merger.

Additionally, one must be sure to follow all proper rules and regulations when completing a business merger of any kind in California or any other state. This means having full knowledge of applicable laws. Incorporating a compliance strategy into one’s business plan will help to avoid future lawsuits and criminal charges, which would be highly detrimental to any business.

Source: Forbes, “Is A Reverse Merger The Way To Fund Your Startup?“, Martin Zwilling, May 2, 2014

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California Real Estate Company Expands With Business Merger

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Mergers & Acquisitions on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

There are a variety of methods that a company may utilize in order to expand its share of the market. Some of these may include marketing, advertising or strategic property purchases. However, many times the best way to do this is through a business merger. This is what one California real estate company has decided to do in its recent merger with another real estate company.

The company, TRI Pointe Homes, is in the middle of finalizing its merger with Weyerhauser Real Estate Co. The merger is estimated to be a $2.7 billion deal and will give TRI Pointe Homes a larger control of the nationwide real estate market. The deal will bring an additional 27,000 properties into the company’s real estate portfolio. Approximately 16,000 of these properties will be located in California, which will make the company a significant force in the state’s real estate industry.

The merger will give TRI Pointe Homes ownership of Weyerhaueser’s five brands: Quadrant Homes, Winchester Homes, Pardee Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Maracay Homes. Weyehaeuser’s shareholders would account for approximately 80.5 percent of ownership in the newly merged real estate company. The merger is predicted to be finalized by the third quarter of 2013.

However, in order for this business merger to be successful in California, all of the legal terms of the transaction must be properly detailed in necessary legal contracts between the parties involved. The contracts should be carefully drafted in order to minimize any misunderstandings that may lead to future lawsuits. Knowledge of applicable laws regarding contracts and business will be integral. Additionally, it is important to file the correct paperwork with the proper regulatory agencies.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Home builders TRI Pointe, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate to merge, Andrew Khouri, Nov. 4, 2013

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It Takes Time to Organize a Successful Business Merger

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Mergers & Acquisitions on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Businesses make use of a number of strategies to expand or diversify their business. One of these strategies is a business merger, which brings two or more businesses together as one. In many cases, a business merger occurs when one business is to the point where they need to sell their business because they simply cannot afford to continue running it. However, this isn’t always the case, such as with a recent merger of two businesses in California.

Westinghouse Solar Inc., out of San Jose, and CBD Energy Inc, from out of the country, have announced a business merger as of May 9. The merger, which was approved by both companies’ board of directors, will take effect sometime within the third quarter of this year. It will take place after certain conditions regarding closing have been met and once all shareholders have approved the transaction.

A business merger is not something that occurs overnight. It took several months for these two companies to come to agreement on merger conditions. However, it can often take longer than a few months for two companies to find an agreement that is substantially beneficial for both companies. There are numerous meetings, discussions and it takes incredibly hard work to make a business merger really work.

Understandably, problems can arise with a business merger. Therefore, it is often beneficial to understand one’s rights under California law to ensure they are protected both as an individual and as a business. After months of hard work, a business merger that fails can be devastating. By taking steps to ensure success, a business merger can likely be obtained quickly, efficiently and equally beneficial for every party involved in the transaction.

Source: Market Watch, “Westinghouse Solar and CBD Energy Sign Definitive Merger Agreement,” May 9, 2012

Business Formation & Planning, Business Law, California, Mergers


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