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Specialist Advice for ECE Providers

Davenports Harbour Lawyers is highly experienced in acting on the sale and purchase of ECE businesses and advising in other aspects of ECE ownership such as financing, property leasing, and employment issues. 

The Sale and Purchase of ECE Centres

When buying or selling an early childhood education (ECE) centre, you want to work with a law firm that has specialist knowledge in the area. Davenports Harbour Lawyers act for many ECE providers and is experienced in acting on the sale and purchase of ECE businesses and advising in other aspects of ECE ownership such as financing, property leasing, and employment issues. 

When buying or selling an ECE centre, it is important to have the business sale and purchase agreement reviewed by an experienced ECE lawyer before signing. A number of potentially costly issues can be avoided by having appropriately drafted clauses in the agreement. 

If you are purchasing an ECE centre it is also important to ensure that thorough due diligence is undertaken before the business sale and purchase agreement is made unconditional. Some of the matters to consider during due diligence include the:

  • Centre occupancy rate;

  • Historical financial performance of the centre; 

  • Terms of the premises lease;

  • Adequacy of the premises;

  • Adequacy of the physical assets being purchased;

  • Intellectual property being purchased;

  • Employees; and

  • Ministry of Education licence and funding. 

Leading up to the settlement of the transaction, we will work with you and your accountant to ensure the Ministry of Education funding is correctly apportioned between the buyer and seller. 

If you are looking at buying or selling an ECE centre, please contact one of our experienced commercial lawyers today. Our team will be able to guide you through the sale and purchase process and any other legal matters relating to early childhood education.