Acquire a Company
Capital and Trust prefer to be engaged by acquirers. We operate on a success only basis, so if we are unsuccessful in providing companies that meet your acquisition criteria then there is no fee, regardless of how many times you meet them pre signing of Heads of Terms. We can help with acquisition models, advise on acceptable caveats / buyer protection and help structure transactions that work for all parties, so transactions are successful and significantly increase the value of the acquiring business.
There are a number of stages to consider when buying a company. Whether you are a national consolidator or someone setting out to acquire for the first time, our breakdown of the acquisition process essentially highlights the things to watch out for:
Step One: Clarity
Do you have an acquisition model in place? How will you value businesses? . What are you looking to acquire? Is it a one off acquisition or one of a number? Are you working towards a long term exit plan yourself? Are you going to roll out an increased charging structure post completion? Are you looking for employed or self employed businesses? How do you feel about share acquisitions over asset purchases? We need to know so we can ensure companies you meet are right for you. We can help, so be sure to use our experience.
Step Two: Evaluation
We need to understand your business, your background, your budget and your expectations of potential targets. We will work with you to build a target profile and once we have this, we search through companies on our register and identify a suitable fit.
Step Three: Education
We can provide a more refined search of prospective companies should you choose to retain us. If this is of interest then please call one of our team. If this is your first time, then you won't feel comfortable making a decision until you understand what it takes to buy a business. We will explain the process and help you understand the realities of the current marketplace.
Step Four: Search
You will learn how to review our information memorandums, what is required to carry out due diligence, which lawyers and accountants to use and how to effectively structure a purchase.
Step Five: Offer
We will identify target businesses, explain the risks and rewards associated with every potential acquisition and advise on how risk can be mitigated to create a seamless integration into your business post deal completion.
Step Six: Due Diligence
You will need to confirm the sellers information is accurate.There are typically four parts to the DD process: Legal, Financial, Compliance, Client. We can recommend third party experts that can assist you your review of acquisition targets.
Step Seven: Closing
Final preparations will be made for lease assignments, utility transfers, financing, merchant service accounts, inventory counts and any other last minute preparations to make the transfer as seamless as possible. Your acquisition will usually be completed by your legal counsel with the signing of several documents and the payment of the first instalment of the completion payment (if your have agreed an earn out structure), or the balance due if you are paying the full amount on completion.
Step Eight: Post Closing
We are be available to assist you with any questions or post closing requirements you may have.
Ready to get started?
If you have seen enough and you know that we are the right team for you, then give us a call on 0207 043 4300 for a free, confidential, informal discussion or alternatively, just fill in our form.
Ready to start?
If you have seen enough and you know that we are the right team for you, then give us a call on 0207-043-4300 for a free confidential informational discussion or fill in our form.