Acquisitions and Divestitures

Acquisitions and divestitures includes all aspects of buying and selling businesses including due diligence, valuation, preliminary negotiations and letters of intent and transaction documents for purchases and sales of asset and ownership interests and mergers.


Business Transactions Solution on Thomson Reuters Westlaw contains a transaction-based practice system for the life cycle of a business entity. Each transaction structures itself around a module design, including transaction summary, memorandum analysis, master forms needed to execute the transaction, commentary analyzing every clause or provision of the form, drafting and review checklists, and specialty forms. The unlimited-use subscription provides regular updates, including new master forms, commentary, checklists, and specialty forms.

Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients.  The questionnaire format of this multivolume work shows how to elicit answers, make a diagnosis, and recommend an efficient, safe course of action for your business clients. Each chapter provides business guidance in specific business activities, including forming contracts; buying and selling a business; franchising; operating in the global marketplace; counseling on insurance, pension, securities, and product liability issues; borrowing money; contracting with the government; and resolving patent, copyright, and trademark-related problems and issues. Topics include business organization, estate planning, labor relations, real estate, securities, patents, computer software, advertising warranties, environmental law, and transportation and distribution.  Features include showing how to assess the “legal health” of your clients and suggestions on how to apply the right remedies to legal pitfalls in your clients’ activities.

Buying and Selling Businesses

Due Diligence and Valuations

Preliminary Negotiations and Letters of Intent

Purchases and Sales of Assets

Purchases and Sales of Ownership Interests


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (POWERED BY SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT)  The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project engages in and promotes research, education and training activities relating to entrepreneurial ventures launched with the aspiration to create sustainable enterprises that achieve significant growth in scale and value creation through the development and commercialization of innovative products or services which form the basis for a successful international business.  The Project is also involved in collecting, analyzing and disseminating information about regional and national efforts around the world to support and expand sustainable entrepreneurship.  The Project has launched of its own portfolio of timely and practical information in the form of comprehensive libraries for sustainable entrepreneurs.  Libraries that are particularly relevant to Acquisitions and Divestitures include the following:


West Legal Ed Center Click for list of all programs presented by the Institute on West Legal Ed Center.  Programs relating to acquisitions and divestitures include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):

Beyond the Bar Training Programs

  • Buying and Selling Businesses
  • Negotiating a Letter of Intent for an Acquisition
  • Conducting a Due Diligence Investigation
  • Closing Procedures


Acquisition and Divestiture Articles from Business Counselor Institute