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Seller's Representations and Warranties in a Business Sale

Learn business selling fundamentals relating to representations and warranties and how to facilitate negotiation in a business sale.

Ready to sell your or your client's business? Most business owners and their advisors focus on setting a sale price and finding a buyer, and then assume they are ready to close the deal. But they may have overlooked a major part of selling a business: reaching agreement with the buyer on representations and warranties. This topic will help business owners and their advisors know what to expect in the way of representations and warranties that a buyer will require in a sale agreement. The information will teach you what representations and warranties are typical, which ones are currently the focus of many buyers, and which representations and warranties can be dangerous to sellers by carrying a risk of liability. Learn when to sell a business as is, how to negotiate reasonable representations and warranties, how to control potential liability related to breach of representations and warranties, and when to negotiate insurance coverage for that potential liability. The information will also cover companion clauses that relate to representations and warranties, and explain how those clauses can limit or expand a seller's liability. Learn what steps to take prior to the sale to facilitate the negotiation and closing process.

Runtime: 89 minutes
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Agenda

Representations and Warranties Typically Required by Buyers

  • The Function of Representations and Warranties in Sale Agreements
  • Subjects Typically Covered by Representations and Warranties in Sale Agreements
  • What Representations and Warranties Buyers Really Focus on
  • Representations and Warranties That Most Often Lead to Liability or Claims

Negotiation of Representations and Warranties

  • When to Sell a Business As Is
  • The Central Role of Knowledge and How to Define It
  • Covering the Appropriate Time Period Before Sale
  • Insurance Coverage for Related Liabilities, as a Term of the Sale Transaction
  • Setting the Stage for Negotiation: Addressing Representations and Warranties in the Letter of Intent

Companion Clauses That Define a Seller's Liability for Representations and Warranties

  • Indemnification
  • Survival Periods and Fundamental Representations and Warranties
  • Sandbagging: What the Buyer Knows Can Hurt You
  • Disclosure Schedules: Describing and Completing Them to Minimize Liability

Making the Sale Easy: Advance Steps to Be Able to Make and Support Reasonable Representations and Warranties

  • Recordkeeping
  • Corporate Formalities
  • Allocation of Time and Resources to Prepare for the Sale
  • Working With Experienced Investment Bankers, Accountants, and Counsel
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on May 27, 2020.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.25
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.25 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 88 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Over 33 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Erich W. Merrill, Jr.

Erich W. Merrill, Jr.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

  • Partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, in Portland, Oregon, with over 35 years of experience in representing clients in business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions for privately held businesses
  • Handled business sales and purchases for clients in a variety of industries, including logistics, medical devices, biotechnology, computer software, beverages, clean-room technologies, sports apparel, brokerage, financial services, wood products, metal fabrication, transportation, and specialty gases
  • Speaks frequently on topics related to selling and buying businesses
  • Recently presented seminars on Nonbinding Legal Documentation in Commercial Transactions, and Seller's Representations and Warranties in Business Transactions
  • Past president of the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, served as leader of his firm's Corporate and M&A team, is listed in Best Lawyers of America, and is a Super Lawyer
  • J.D. degree, Harvard Law School
  • Can be contacted at 503-205-2504 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 406879
Published 2020
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