Acquisitions Can Be A Very Effective Strategy to Increase Shareholder Value

We act for buyers as well as sellers, giving us a valuable insight into how the other side can behave. We work with corporates, investors and entrepreneurs in helping them identify and execute acquisitions. We also work with management teams although this is covered in the MBO section.

Keystone acts as lead adviser on business acquisitions and this role typically includes:

  • undertaking initial research to identify targets
  • assessing targets and whether they fit the acquisition criteria
  • approaching targets and opening discussions with their shareholders
  • helping clients assess the business operations, financial condition and prospects of a target
  • performing valuations
  • drafting and submitting offer letters
  • leading negotiations with the vendors, including reaching heads of agreement
  • advising on the most appropriate vehicle and shareholder structures to make the acquisition
  • investigating and advising on the different funding options
  • preparing and presenting a set of forecasts and a business plan
  • helping clients assess the commercial, accounting and cash flow implications of particular financing structures
  • introducing the opportunity to specialist providers of debt and/ or equity finance
  • leading negotiations with funders
  • introducing other professional advisers needed to complete the acquisition
  • assisting clients in interpreting the results of due diligence work
  • preparing a detailed timetable of events
  • arranging meetings, conference calls and generally oversee the total project management through to completion

Interested In Buying A Business...What Options Are Available?

Please email us and we can arrange a call to discuss in more detail, including transaction process, funding options and HMRC approved structuring.