Accounting Practice Sale _ Why Use a Letter of Intent in an Accounting Practice Acquisition? I have presented several webcasts in the past month and in all of them there have been questions about the use and value of a Letter of Intent (LOI) _ in our process this is typically a non_binding agreement that signifies agreement in principle on the core deal points and agreement to negotiate in earnest on all remaining items.
The second important element is to clearly state the intended parties outcome from the disclosure. In the example above the intended outcome could be "The information is being disclosed to assess whether XYZ transportation company will pilot the software for use within its fleet". Again it is then clear what the outcome and the nature of the relationship will be. The example above is broad enough to allow some flexibility in discussion in the letter of intent e.g. that perhaps the pilot programme is limited to one territory as negotiations progress, but it must be narrow enough that the outcome is reasonably well known e.g. it is not expected that XYZ transportation become a shareholder in the software company.