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Buy-Sell Agreement Triggering Events

The contract to sell your business can be one of the most important legal documents of your life. It may not seem or feel most of the time, but if and if you need this deal, it can either save you huge sums of money and incalculable stress and suffering, or it can cause you to lose huge sums of money and suffer from incalculable stress. The result depends on whether your purchase-sale contract is well designed or not. And unfortunately, many buyback agreements make one or more surprisingly frequent mistakes. 5 Event triggering for business ownersThis there are five events that are most common for business owners and whose ownership must be transferred. This includes both accidents and planned departures. From the above, it should be clear that buy-sell agreements can be favourable from the point of view of salaried shareholders, non-salaried shareholders, the company and all remaining shareholders in many different situations. The emphasis is on « maybe » because the operation of an agreement can go wrong despite the best intentions of its creators. In summary, repurchase agreements must provide objective means of transferring ownership in a controlled and predetermined manner in certain circumstances that may be difficult. A buy-back agreement can be either a stand-alone agreement between the owners of the business, or it can be part of a broader corporate/member control agreement or a shareholder agreement that also regulates other aspects of the transaction. In both cases, an effective agreement should describe the following: in the absence of a viable agreement, the remaining shareholders and the company may be placed in the indecent position of negotiating with former friends, their families or their rebates in adverse circumstances.

Such negotiations, which would take place after disagreements between the interests of the parties, are difficult, uncertain and often lead to litigation. The term « trigger » may have a benign connotation. If A occurs, B is triggered or set in motion. However, most trigger events related to sales contracts are less benevolent. Consider the acronym « QFRDDD » to list the main trigger events for buyback sales contracts: Valuation can be a major source of conflict in each buy-sell. One of the most annoying provisions is to link the valuation to an agreement between owners that will be concluded in the future or on an annual basis. Owners may not be the best value judge. 4.

Evaluation perhaps the most important and often the most debated issue among trading partners is how the value of an owner`s interests should be determined. There are several valuation methods to consider, including evaluating the entity as a current entity (for example. B a multiple of EBITDA), a calculation of the average result over a number of years, book value, net asset value or a combination. You should also determine who actually calculates this value in the event of a trigger event. Will it be the company`s accountant or an independent third party? Will there be a right of appeal or a right to a second-line notice of value? When you come to a decision on the correct valuation method, there is often a collaborative discussion with your lawyer, accountant and other financial advisors.