Asset Sale vs Stock Sale

Asset Sale

Stock Sale

In an asset sale, the new business owner is buying the assets or contents of the company, free and clear.

Assets may include any real or intellectual property, furniture, fixtures and equipment, inventory and sometimes accounts receivables.

Other things that would be included in an asset sale are client and vendor data bases, company phone numbers and email addresses, and methods of doing business.

In most cases, the seller's liabilities remain with the seller.

In a stock sale, the buyer is buying the complete business, including the corporation.

On the day of closing, the seller “hands over the keys” of the business, including bank accounts, tax ID numbers, contracts, all of the assets and 100% of the stock of the corporation

The new owner literally buys the company, intact. Nothing changes with the transfer in ownership except the names on the corporation documents.

The nuances and details to get both asset and stock sales deals to the closing table can be a very complex journey.

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Asset Sale vs Stock Sale

Asset Sale

In an asset sale, the new business owner is buying the assets or contents of the company, free and clear. Assets may include any real or intellectual property, furniture, fixtures and equipment, inventory and sometimes accounts receivables. Other things that would be included in an asset sale are client and vendor data bases, company phone numbers and email addresses, and methods of doing business.  In most cases, the seller's liabilities remain with the seller.


* The nuances and details to get both asset and stock sales deals to the closing table can be a very complex journey. Contact us for additional details.

Asset Sale vs Stock Sale

Stock Sale

In a stock sale, the buyer is buying the complete business, including the corporation. On the day of closing, the seller “hands over the keys” of the business, including bank accounts, tax ID numbers, contracts, all of the assets and 100% of the stock of the corporation. The new owner literally buys the company, intact. Nothing changes with the transfer in ownership except the names on the corporation documents. 


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