One of the most effective ways of growing your business is by completing an acquisition, and our Corporate Finance team can expertly navigate you through the process.

Our team have a flexible approach, either helping you source a potential acquisition or advising on an opportunity you’ve found yourself. In either scenario, we’ll provide advice on the most appropriate type of acquisition, whether it’s best to purchase the trade and assets or buy the share capital of a business.

If you are not currently one of our clients, we’re happy to work on a limited engagement basis and have a flexible approach to our fee structure. Before we begin, we’ll meet with you on a no-obligation basis to discuss your plans and get a feel for the transaction.

Our process

Our typical acquisition transaction process has been developed to give you complete peace of mind at every step, with your best interests represented throughout. We like to think it’s a blueprint for success, and over the years, we’ve achieved an outstanding completion record.

Valuation
It’s unlikely that the guide price will represent the true market value of the business you’re planning on acquiring, but we want you want to be confident that you’re making the best possible offer. We’ll review the financial and non-financial information available and provide you with a report highlighting the fair value, key points and any value drivers associated with the business, giving you total confidence to put in an offer.

Negotiations and agreeing Heads of Terms
We’ll lead a meeting process with all parties, clearly setting out what you’re prepared to compromise on and what areas are deal-breakers to achieve a position that’s acceptable for both buyer and seller. Once an agreement’s been reached, we’ll prepare a Heads of Terms document so that all parties have a clear frame of reference moving forwards.

Due diligence
Following completion of the Heads of Terms, we’ll meet with you to understand the areas in the target business that are of greatest importance or concern to you before completing a full due diligence assessment. Our due diligence work may reveal that the conditions of the acquisition aren’t right for you – in this instance, we will be honest, straightforward and offer the advice you need for the next step.

Arranging finance  
We work with an extensive base of finance providers and lenders, both conventional and non-conventional, and can put together a comprehensive and effective proposal to get you the finance you need. We are often prepared to work on a success fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about any fees if we can’t find the right lender for you. Find out more on our page about raising finance.

Managing the deal
Once we have completed the due diligence process, we’ll handle the deal for you, from agreeing the final terms of the transaction and reviewing warranties in the legal agreement, to liaising with bankers and reviewing tax covenants. That way, you have the peace of mind that every last detail is being considered to make your new acquisition a success.

Once the deal is complete, we can provide as much support as you need to help integrate the new business into your operation.

Find out more

If you would like to discuss a potential purchase or chat through the options available to you, call Ollie Newbold on 01242 776000 or fill in the enquiry form below.

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