Life After the Buyout

Life After the Buyout

November 8, 2023 by investor

Life After the Buyout

Life after a company buyout will be different for the founder.

Here are some key areas to prepare for:

In some cases, the founder will have an earnout that provides additional compensation for meeting revenue or earnings goals.

For those who gain stock in the new company, there may be revesting requirements.

This means the founder must stay for a time period as they revest their ownership in the new stock. 

This is similar to the vesting time for a startup in which the founders have to re-earn their shares in the company.

Most founders will be required to stay with the company for the integration phase.

For the integration, create a plan with a timeline and gain approval from the owners, employees, partners, and other stakeholders.

This includes setting up new communication channels, and organization charts, as well as removing redundant employees and suppliers.

Finally, the purchased company must meld into the acquiring company’s culture.

Most transitions take a minimum of one year to complete unless the acquired company is very small.


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