A guide to the escrow and asset-transfer process on Acquire.com that protects you from fraud
Last updated: August 15th, 2023
Escrow is the safest way to close your acquisition. It protects you and the seller from fraud and ensures you both walk away from the deal with what you wanted.
We’ve partnered with Escrow.com to secure your acquisition. It’s safe, trusted, and free, and supports most deal structures, including those with conditional payments.
And if you used our LOI and APA builders, your deal information will be pulled through into our escrow builder, making it fast and easy to close. You can also manually fill out our escrow builder if you uploaded your own APA.
However, you don’t have to use Escrow.com. If you’ve chosen your own escrow service, just let us know a contact with whom we can share your APA to speed up closing.
Here’s how escrow works on Acquire.com.
We recommend using an escrow service on all deals regardless of size. Escrow.com is free to use so you lose nothing by protecting your deal.
1. Build escrow transaction
Click Start escrow from your deal page and then follow the on-screen instructions to check the deal and update the asset inspection periods (if necessary – the default is 24 hours).
You’ll finish on a summary of your escrow details, including closing and conditional payments. When you’re happy, send escrow details to the seller.
The seller will either agree to your escrow details and you’ll move to finalizing escrow terms on Escrow.com, or they’ll reject them, and you’ll need to restart the process.
Ensure your name on the escrow transaction is the same as that on your signed APA so Escrow.com can verify the transaction. If you signed your APA in your name but your escrow transaction is in a business name, your transaction may fail.
2. Send acquisition funds to escrow
Once escrow starts, you first need to send your funds to Escrow.com for verification.
Include your closing payment plus any conditional payments (milestone payments) but not seller financing repayments. You’ll need to handle seller financing repayments as described in the seller’s financing agreement in your APA.
Escrow.com will verify your funds and then ask the seller to transfer the assets to you. When you receive these assets, we’ll ask you to confirm receipt to start your inspection period.
3. Review acquisition assets
You have a set period of time to review the seller’s assets and then approve or reject them called the inspection period.
The default inspection period is 24 hours unless you changed this when building your escrow transaction on Acquire.com.
Your inspection period starts when you confirm receipt of the acquisition assets and ends when you approve or reject the assets, or when the time runs out.
4. Release funds
Approve the assets on Acquire.com when you’re happy with them. If there’s a problem, reject the assets, and if necessary, contact Escrow.com for help resolving the issue.
Assuming the transfer goes well, all that remains is for you to approve the assets and then Escrow.com will release funds to the seller.
The seller will also let you know when they meet any post-closing conditions, and if you’ve used Escrow.com to close, we’ll let you know when they request payment. You then have another inspection period to review the condition, verify the seller has met it, and release payment.
Once your closing and conditional payments have been made, your acquisition is complete.
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