When seeking to grow a company, one of two main strategies is typically employed: either organic growth through investment and expansion of the current business, or alternatively by acquiring or merging with another company. Our corporate finance specialists are recognised as one of the UK’s leading corporate finance teams, with strong expertise in acquisitions. We identify targets and execute deals for owner-managed companies, right through to large corporations.
We believe the proof of a successful merger or acquisition is when value can be seen on both sides, and we pay particular attention to this when considering the target criteria. It is of paramount importance to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the acquisitive company to help establish the attributes that a target does or does not require:
Additionally, simply sifting through the opportunities that are being marketed by other advisors and brokers is not recommended. These only reflect a small portion of all businesses and the process could become competitive. Instead, we proactively research and search for acquisition opportunities off-market, using the identified acquisition criteria, to help find the right target at the right price.
Once a deal has been agreed, we involve ourselves in the business planning and financial modelling process for the combination. Assistance is given for any funding requirement, utilising established close relationships with a wide variety of acquisition funders.
Our full service offering, from target identification through funding to extensive due diligence and completion, can help lead to a successful transaction. We provide guidance and project management throughout the entire process through to completion. This covers liaising with tax advisors, legal advisors and due diligence providers on both sides of the transaction.