Acquisition Services

Acquisition Services

We have many years of collective Mergers & Acquisition expertise and a robust infrastructure of databases and experience to source domestic and international targets for our clients.

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Acquisition Expertise

In the sourcing of acquisition candidates, Hilton Smythe employs its own proprietary buyer database while also having access to and assistance from global database partners.

The trust our clients place with us is evidenced by testimonials from clients who know we will provide meaningful diligence, analysis and senior level attention to meet their urgent needs on a strict time-line.

Our acquisition advisory services include:

  • Acquisition search.
  • Identification and analysis of potential opportunities.
  • Contact prospective targets.
  • Valuation analysis.
  • Advice on bidding tactics and strategy.
  • Preparation of indicative offer and letter of intent.
  • Deal structuring and agreeing Heads of Terms.
  • Acquisition financing through our finance team.
  • Contractual negotiations through to completion.

PROCESS

  1. Work with you to craft the acquisition strategy.
  2. Research and prepare a report of potential opportunities.
  3. Make contact with identified opportunities to establish a desire to sell.
  4. Coordinate initial information gathering.
  5. Valuation analysis.
  6. Prepare any offers to purchase and letters of intent.
  7. Coordinate the deal structure and facilitate any finance requirements.
  8. Agree heads of terms.
  9. Coordinate with accountants, lawyers and other third parties to navigate the due diligence and legal process.

What are merger and acquisition services?

Buying, selling, dividing and combining businesses is a complex endeavour, but mergers and acquisitions are vital for bolstering your market share, consolidating your position or executing pre-defined exit strategies.

Premium merger and acquisition services guide you through every aspect of a merger or acquisition. With your merger and acquisition consultant from Hilton Smythe, you’ll receive support as you analyse your options and negotiate the strategic and operational obstacles needed to complete your next move.

 

What are merger and acquisition services?

Buying, selling, dividing and combining businesses is a complex endeavour, but mergers and acquisitions are vital for bolstering your market share, consolidating your position or executing pre-defined exit strategies.

Premium merger and acquisition services guide you through every aspect of a merger or acquisition. With your merger and acquisition consultant from Hilton Smythe, you’ll receive support as you analyse your options and negotiate the strategic and operational obstacles needed to complete your next move.

What is the merger and acquisition process?

The merger and acquisition process is complex, but with your consultant, you gain bespoke advice and invaluable experience to make the right strategic move for you.

During the merger and acquisition process, you will follow nine key steps:

1. Work With You to Craft the Acquisition Strategy

Begin by defining your goals and outlining the purpose of a merger or acquisition. This step determines how you will proceed.

2. Research and Prepare

Identify opportunities for an attractive merger or acquisition. Each opportunity will be compared against your established business goals to ensure you have a shortlist of options to fulfil your stated objectives.

3. Make Contact

Reach out to your shortlist to find out whether there is a selling opportunity on the table.

4. Gather Information

Your consultant will work with your team to gather initial information regarding the potential buyer to confirm their eligibility as a potential buyer.

5. Valuation Analysis

Never leave money on the table by accepting a lowball offer. Your consultant will conduct a fair, objective valuation to give you a ballpark figure.

6. Prepare Offers

Begin accepting offers to purchase and letters of intent to set the legal wheels in motion.

7. Coordinate Structure

Work directly with a potential buyer to finalise a deal structure and confirm the financing is available.

8. Agreement

Finalise the deal’s structure and commit to it formally by agreeing on terms and signing documentation.

9. Due Diligence

This final step brings legal, financial and other parties together to manage the legal intricacies and complete the due diligence process. Once finished, the merger or acquisition will be completed.

Why should you work with a consultant when merging with or acquiring a business?

Hiring a Hilton Smythe consultant is one of the best strategic moves you can make. Countless mergers and acquisitions fall through at different stages, but your consultant can enable you to identify the right buyer and complete all necessary steps to finalise your merger or acquisition.

Some of the advantages of hiring a consultant include the following:

  • Maximise the value of your business.
  • Let someone else handle the negotiating.
  • Identify suitable buyers.
  • Protect your confidentiality throughout the sale.
  • Unrivalled experience in buying and selling.
Other types of Consultancy Services
Merger and Acquisition Consultants

No M&A deal that gets across the line guarantees success. This is why working with an M&A consultant is critical to maximising your deal value and achieving your objectives.

Acquisition Finance

There are many ways to business success, whether creating a startup or natural expansion, but the most profitable and sensible way can be through a merger or acquisition of another business.

Business Exit Strategy

The sale of any business should start well in advance. Businesses that successfully sell for the right amount of consideration plan at least three years ahead. We aim to assist in the planning process with the aim of steering strategic decisions to maximise shareholder value at sale.

Company Sale

With your dedicated experienced advisor and their support team together with our international reach, we really are best placed to assist in the sale of your company. Our experts are well versed in company sales and sell side advisory services.

Business Valuation Report

Our Business Valuation Report is a full report or detailed letter with an independent opinion of your business valuation, and assets. It is prepared by our team of expert business consultants, with many years of experience in the M&A market. 

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Whitepaper:  Merger and Acquisition Trends in the UK Recruitment Industry 2024

Our latest whitepaper explores how recruitment business owners can maximise the value of their company by gaining a deeper understanding of the latest M&A trends within the recruitment industry.

Success Stories

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