Selling Your Company: Walk Away for the Best Deal

When you begin negotiations with a potential buyer who is interested in acquiring your company, theoretically the goal is a deal that is fair for both parties. Nonetheless, as we’ve said before, M&A deals can be competitive, messy and even contentious, with each party trying to get a deal outcome that serves their own best interest. Even if you’ve built an exceptional company and are a talented business owner Read More

3 Key Deal Structure Elements When Selling to Private Equity Buyers

Private equity (PE) firms have many ways of structuring a merger or acquisition deal to entice sellers to get to “yes” in the sale of their business. Each of these structural elements will have a real and significant impact on the actual purchase price a seller will walk away with as well as their rights and obligations post-closing. It’s therefore critical for sellers to closely analyze and understand how structure Read More

Selling Your Company: 3 Key Deal Advocacies You Need

You’ve heard it before: when you’re ready to sell your company, your very first step should be to hire a team of seasoned deal professionals. But why? What, exactly, should you expect from your deal team? In a word: advocacy. A professional boxer would not step into the ring without a team to coach and keep him on his feet from start to finish, and neither should you. From taking your company to market through Read More

Protective Provisions in LLC Operating Agreements: Why They Matter

Introduction. You came up with the right business idea, formally organized your LLC, are about to raise some seed money from friends and family, and you are ready to prepare the operating agreement for your company.  Or maybe you are a prospective investor, and you believe in the idea and team behind a business operated as an LLC that pitched you for a capital investment. Whether you are a founder or investor, the Read More

Recognized Denver Business Executive Joins Linden Law Partners Board of Directors

Linden Law Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Taylor to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors. This appointment will further support our philosophy of constantly seeking to learn from best-in-class professionals, both legal and non-legal, to obtain the benefit of their insight and experience as part of an unwavering commitment to our business and the clients we serve. Mr. Taylor currently Read More

Selling Your Company: Debunking 5 Deal Myths

You’ve worked hard, probably for years, to build your business. Sweat equity, tears, gut-wrenching decisions, and more missed family celebrations than you care to admit. Now you’re thinking about selling, and this is not the time to take shortcuts. A Harvard Business Review report finds that 70% to 90% of M&A transactions fail, usually because buyers and sellers take shortcuts during the evaluation process. The Read More

New Attorney Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that attorney Miles Williams has joined our business and transactional practice group. An entrepreneur himself, Miles knows exactly what it takes to run a business and how to relate to clients. Click here to learn more about Miles and his experience.  Read More

‘Acqui-Hire’ Transactions: Their Place in the M&A Universe

What Is An Acqui-Hire? The purpose of a typical merger or acquisition is to acquire the customer base and other assets of the target company. However, in certain cases — and in certain industries in particular — companies are acquired exclusively for their labor talent. This type of transaction has come to be known as an “acqui-hire,” and technology companies in Silicon Valley have been utilizing this quasi-hiring Read More

Colorado Super Lawyers Recognizes Pat Linden For Work in M&A

Super Lawyers® has recognized Pat Linden in its 2021 edition for Colorado attorneys for his work in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Only 11 Colorado attorneys made the 2021 list for M&A. Pat was also named to the M&A list in 2020. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their field of practice. The Read More

Post-Closing Considerations for M&A Sellers

Rarely do private company owners sell their companies, pocket all the cash at closing, and ride off into the sunset to never worry about their business again. Selling owners and key employees of acquired private companies almost always both play a crucial post-closing role in the 2-to-5-year period after the initial sale. The buyer (particularly any private equity buyer) will lean heavily on selling owners and Read More