Hostile Takeovers

Experienced Business Attorneys Guide Clients Through the Process of a Hostile Takeover in Cleveland or Chagrin Falls

Comprehensive representation for your business

Mergers and acquisitions are an integral part of business, but hostile takeovers can prove particularly challenging for the acquiring company as well as the target company. Regardless of your company’s role in the takeover, trust an experienced Cleveland business law attorney to walk you through the process. With a team of highly skilled attorneys, Gertsburg Law aggressively fights for the best interests of your business.

Trustworthy counsel for hostile takeovers

Hostile takeovers involve numerous players, including buyers, sellers, directors, and stockholders. Whatever your company’s role, a knowledgeable attorney counsels about the positive and negative consequences of the transaction:

  • The acquiring company. Under some circumstances, it is in a company’s best interest to pursue the hostile takeover of another business. A knowledgeable Chagrin Falls hostile takeover attorney helps your business consider the pros and cons of such an endeavor and how to best carry it out. We assist you with the following hostile takeover strategies:
    • Development of a successful takeover bid for presentation to the target company’s shareholders
    • Determination of an appropriate tender offer amount
    • Initiation of a proxy fight
    • Anticipation of target company defenses
    • Identification of shareholders most likely to cooperate

Hostile takeovers are extremely risky for the acquiring company due to the potential for numerous unforeseen circumstances and complications. It is common for takeover businesses to end up with unanticipated debts and uncooperative employees. This is why it is vitally important to secure the services of a trusted law firm early in the process.

  • The target company. At Gertsburg Law, we provide knowledgeable guidance for companies facing a hostile takeover, along with counsel regarding the prevention of such acquisitions. We assist companies in proactively identifying potentially hostile shareholders and offer guidance on the best measures of protection. Some of the tactics we help implement include:
    • Differential voting rights for stock securities
    • Employee stock ownership plans to promote employee ownership in the business
    • Establishment of a “poison pill” to make your company less attractive to hostile acquirers
    • Identification of a preferred investor or “white knight”
    • Repurchase of company stocks

Hostile takeovers are extremely complex. Whether your company is the acquirer or the target, it is important to solicit guidance from skilled Cleveland hostile takeover lawyers who routinely work with various types of companies to expand and protect their interests. At our firm, we assist with document preparation, negotiations, and regulation compliance. We also guide you through proper risk evaluation and benefit analysis.

Let a knowledgeable Chagrin Falls lawyer guide you through the process of a hostile takeover

At Gertsburg Law, we offer our clients years of valuable experience and business knowledge. We pride ourselves on providing a law firm alternative that is cost-effective, yet highly responsive and appropriately aggressive. With our firm, you benefit from individual attention, respectful representation, and flexible cost savings. Call our office today at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. Our team proudly provides professional representation to a variety of businesses in the Ohio courts.

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Whether your company is based in Cleveland, has a branch in Chagrin Falls, serves the country from somewhere else in Ohio, or is located outside of Ohio, the business attorneys at Gertsburg Law are ready to help you navigate the complexities of business transactions and the costs and worries of business litigation. Our partners and associates have the practical, financial, and legal acumen to help all companies succeed and to address any kind of business litigation issues. To speak with one of our Cleveland or Chagrin Falls business lawyers now, please call our firm at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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