1. What are the key motivators for people going into business for themselves?
Before making a decision to purchase a business, a buyer should understand his or her objectives to make sure those objectives can be met by purchasing any or a particular business. Most relevant surveys reveal similar responses and, interestingly, making money is not at the top of the list. Here is a list of the...Read More
In our Merger and Acquisition practice we try to prepare our business sellers for the multitude of different deal structures that they should expect from various buyers. We go through elements like cash at close, seller notes, earn outs, non-competes, escrow accounts, etc. More often than not our first time seller will actually put out his or her hand in a stop gesture and reply, “I only want...Read More
14 Steps to Maximum Value and Profit
Professional M&A experts follow well-defined, orderly steps to sell a business. It is the only way to negotiate the best deal structure and price. As a business owner interested in selling your company, you will probably rely on an intermediary to take these steps for you. Even so, it is wise to understand the process so you can play an active,...Read More
Six Value Builders
Just twelve months ago, most owners of privately held businesses were feeling pretty upbeat. Many had enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2006, and 2007 was shaping up to be another high-water mark. One year ago (unless you were a sub-prime lender or starter-home track builder!) there was still plenty of money available to support merger and acquisition activity at valuation...Read More
Whether you are considering selling your business now or sometime in the future, the most important thing you can do to ensure a successful and profitable sale is to take steps to properly prepare your business for the sale. There are hundreds of reasons why a company is difficult to sell or offers are not as expected, most of which can be attributed to a lack of planning.
Selling a business...Read More