Sell Your Restaurant / Bar New York City and Long Island

Selling Your Restaurant NY - The sale of a restaurant business in New York is a complicated process for which experienced legal counsel is essential, especially when a liquor license is involved.  When representing clients in such transactions, we start the process by learning as much as possible about the seller's’ objectives in the transaction, in order to advise them on a multitude of issues ranging from business matters and financial risks to legal hurdles.  Our goal is to identify possible issues and put safeguards in place to prevent problems that may arise in the future, from negotiations and the due diligence phase to the final closing. To start the process, call the Law Offices of Mitchell S. Segal, P.C. at (212) 388-9444.


Restaurant Attorney NYC - The Law Offices of Mitchell S. Segal, P.C has the experience you both want and need to protect your interests as you prepare to expose your business to potential purchasers. Let the knowledge gained through numerous transactions assist you in the negotiation, legal process and sale of your business in New York.

There are two primary methods of transferring ownership of a business, either by sale of the businesses’ assets or by the transfer of ownership of the entity itself:

Asset Purchase Agreements (APA)
This is a form of a business sale where instead of purchasing the stock of the company, the buyer purchases specific assets of the company and assumes specific liabilities.  There are a number of issues when selling your restaurant in NY, that can arise in such transactions such as inventory, accounts receivable and payable, condition of assets, and lease of premises that must be addressed in the agreement. 


Share Sale Agreements
In a share sale of a business, the purchaser is buying the shares from the shareholders of the company.   Purchasers generally prefer not to buy shares in order to minimize both tax and legal liability issues.


Non-competition provisions
Purchasers will often require a provision in the Agreement which prohibits the sellers from competing with the business after the sale.   The duration and geographic limitation of such provisions are negotiated by the parties.  New York courts will require such provisions to be reasonable so to not impinge on commerce and trade.

In addition to negotiating, drafting and reviewing business sale offer letters and agreements, we advise and assist business owners and investors with a wide range of issues including:

  • Advising on practical business and financing issues related to the transaction
  • Assisting with the selection of the right business entity, such as partnership, Limited Liability Company, S-Corporation or C-Corporation to secure the most desirable tax benefits and liability protection
  • Advising on New York employment matters attendant to business transactions including contingency on the continued employment of employees and relocation issues
  • Advising on discovering and managing liens and other corporate liability issues
  • Negotiating terms and structure of earn-outs as part of compensation for sellers
  • Advising on the laws of local jurisdictions in New York that affect the business, as well as any applicable licenses and permits required for legal operation of the business

Other important matters to consider include assignment of the business trade name, transfer of customer lists, training of new owners and staff, and introduction of new owners to important business contacts. 


Selling Your Restaurant NY - Given the complexity and scale of the issues involved in the sale of a business, it’s critical for the seller to retain a New York attorney with knowledge and expertise in such matters to guide them through the process and safeguard their interests - The Law Offices of Mitchell S. Segal, P.C. Telephone: (212) 388-9444.


Law Offices of Mitchell S. Segal, P.C. assists clients with all legal matters relating to establishing and running a restaurant, bar or franchise throughout New York, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island.

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