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M&A Advisory

M&A transactions can be complex, time-consuming and distracting. But not on our watch. Our experience helps smooth progress, avoid pitfalls and ensure you get maximum value from the deal, whatever your position.

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  • Douglas Martin
    Meet the team

    The team

  • Owner managers. Acquisitive businesses. Entrepreneurs. Investors. Management buy-out & buy-in teams. Joint ventures partners.

    Who we can help

  • Deal structuring. Analysis. Negotiation. Communication with stakeholders. Project Management. Business Valuations.

    How we can help

IN THE MAELSTROM OF M&A, WE’LL BE YOUR ROCK

Preparing for sale, raising funds, buying-in or buying-out – there’s no disguising that M&A transactions can be fraught with peril. They can also take up too much of your time when it’s urgently needed elsewhere.

Relax. Our expert corporate finance team has already been there, done that and advised on all types of scenarios, and delivered successful outcomes for our clients. Trust us, we’ll achieve the right result for you.

A SALE THAT REFLECTS YOUR HARD WORK

When you’ve invested so much time and energy into building your business, you deserve to obtain the best price. We’ll help you prepare for the sale, advising on the optimum timing and strategy and how to maintain confidentiality during the critical phase.

Our project management will be reassuring and painstaking, identifying and negotiating with buyers and working with the legal teams. Whether it’s your own business or part of your group, we can guide you step by step to a successful, minimal-stress sale.

ACQUISITIONS: CHOOSE A PEACH, NOT A LEMON

An acquisition is a quick way to grow your business, provided it’s a good match. Identifying the right target is essential, and our market knowledge, experience and unbiased opinions can help reassure you of its feasibility.

We’ll help you create your acquisition strategy and steer you through pricing and valuation, financial modelling, due diligence, raising funds and choosing deal structures, negotiation, completion and liaising with legal teams and other advisors. By project managing the whole process for you, we can make the entire transaction a peachy experience, with a rosy future.

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON RAISING FUNDS

If you’ve identified a suitable acquisition to grow your business, we can help arrange the necessary funds.

With our connections, we can help you raise equity or debt through a variety of routes and advise on which structure is best suited to you. By drawing on our deep understanding of your business, its finances, cashflow and your objectives, we can guide you to the most sustainable and practical fundraising route.

AN OBJECTIVE VIEW OF YOUR BUY-OUT

A buy-out can take several months, so we’ll check it’s viable before you commit too much of your time. Though you may feel you know the business very well, it’s still wise to confirm that its business plan and budgets are on track. We can then project manage the transition so there’s minimal distraction from your daily management tasks.

We’ll put together the investment case, introduce you to financial backers, create your capital structure and negotiate the deal. Then we’ll assist with the governance structure, management package and shareholders agreement, so your buy-out is up and running.

  • We were delighted to have the support from our Corporate Finance partner AAB on the largest acquisition the Donaldson Group has completed to date. The collaborative support, drive and expert advice from AAB enabled us to complete the acquisition.

    Arlene Cairns, James Donaldson & Sons

  • The secondment support provided by AAB helped us streamline our accounting processes and enabled us to produce automated management reports from our accounting software. We have seen real benefits in the quality and timeliness of our information.

    Charlie Parker, John Lawrie Group

  • The team showed great enthusiasm, professionalism, and flexibility throughout the secondment and went above and beyond to help deliver ahead of the initial deadlines.

    James Thomson, RockRose Energy plc

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