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Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

During a business’s lifecycle, management teams
often consider acquiring or merging with others to
boost growth. Deals can be complex, but when
executed well they create sustainable value. Our
advisory services will help guide you every step of
the way.

Mergers and acquisitions can accelerate a business’s growth strategy, transform its operations and increase its market share. But M&A comes with its own risks and complexities that, when not mitigated, can derail a business strategy. Combining two companies involves more than a conversation and a handshake – valuations, balance sheets, cash flows, culture and profitability all need to be analysed and managed.

Our advice covers:

  • Private shareholders on preparing for and maximising value from the sale of their businesses
  • Management teams on negotiating terms and raising private equity and/or debt finance to support a management buy-out or buy-in
  • Corporate and private shareholders on raising private equity and/or debt finance for growth, cash out recapitalisation
  • A plc board (Official List and AIM) in relation to acquisitions and disposals, bid support or defence, and the public to privates

Successful and sustainable M&A

At Parker Russell, we work with companies of all sizes across a broad range of
sectors, from owner-managed businesses to international companies and private equity funds. With our international perspective and team-based approach, we provide support and guidance across:

  • Negotiations
  • Acquisition
  • Mergers
  • Disposals
  • Fundraising
  • Valuations

As an adviser, we take an active approach to creating, negotiating, structuring, and managing transactions with a focus on achieving a successful outcome.

Due diligence

At every stage, the advice we provide to you is objective and independent and based on our extensive experience in M&A. Every deal comes with value drivers as well as risks, so it is important to carry out business-wide due diligence alongside considering the effect of market dynamics. Parker Russell understands the complexities of deals and provides the support you need to confidently transform your business.

Without a doubt, the success of acquisition to an acquirer, be it a corporate or financial investor, can be significantly influenced by the extent and quality of the due diligence undertaken. Financial due diligence is a key aspect of the overall investigation into the target.

Our finance team comprises specialists who are deeply committed and experienced in providing:

  • Due diligence for investors, banks and private equity houses  
  • Due diligence for corporate acquirers, in which case we report to the acquirer and, where appropriate, their funders
  • Vendor due diligence – this is commissioned by a vendor but remains a
    robust independent review upon which a purchaser can ultimately place legal reliance. It identifies potential issues and reduces the probability of these being used by a purchaser to reduce the price. This is because they can be presented in a managed way by the vendor, rather than being identified by the purchaser and used as a negotiating tool against the vendor

The specifics of the deal always determine the scope of financial due diligence. However, the process typically includes:

  • An in-depth analysis of underlying historic performance, cash flows, assets and liabilities
  • A critique of management’s forecasts, including the working capital
    requirements of the business
  • A review of the underlying financial systems and controls
  • Analysis of the taxation position of the business

Our reports will also include:

  • A summary of the key issues that have been identified by our work 
  • Our views on the associated risk and implications for the deal, including
    integration and other post-deal issues where appropriate

If you are seeking to grow or transition your company through Parker Russell, contact us and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss further.

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