Mergers and Acquisitions and Their Tax Consequences
Has a chemical M&A department contacted you to see if you would be interested in a merger? The other company is going to make it sound like it is all in your best interests, showing how joining forces gives you both the ability to reach more customers and make more sales. However, there are some important questions to ask before you go forward with this process.
First of all, you need to know who is going to be in charge. Are you going to be surrendering complete control of your company or will you still be allowed to make some decisions? You always need to know what your role is going to be in order to ensure that it is something that you want to do.
Next, ask how this merger will specifically help you. Do not take generic answers about how it will make things easier or more profitable. Look for the specific ways that the merger can help. Look at exactly what the other company can do for you that you cannot do for yourself.
Finally, you need to find out what is in it for you in the short term. Are they willing to buy you out, giving you a lump sum right at the beginning? Are they only offering you the benefit of earnings in the future, banking on the fact that it will all work out? You should know what you stand to get in the short term and in the long term before you agree.
Mergers and Acquisitions and Their Tax Consequences by Steve