Business Acquisition Advisory Services

Business Acquisition Advisory Services

We help optimise your business acquisition. We put together buyers, sellers and debt/equity financing packages. Areas in which we frequently assist include:

Pre-Acquisition Advice

  • Identifying your acquisition needs and finding targets.
  • Calculating the target value  – it may differ from an “accounts-based” value.
  • Helping you clarify your thinking and identify synergies and strategic benefits.

Negotiation Advice

We’ll help you negotiate the terms of purchase, from an expression of interest to the final contract, taking into account:

  • Warranties.
  • Guarantees.
  • Deferred payments.
  • Deal structure in terms of:
    • Percentage ownerships.
    • Timeframes.
    • Financial risk.
  • Financial risk transfer of
    • Debt.
    • Your funds.
    • Private Equity.
    • Sellers funds – upfront and deferred payments.
    • Suppliers.
  • HR issues.
  • Operational risks.

Financial and Funding Advice

  • Creating efficient funding structures to enable funds to be raised more easily.
  • Raising capital from debt, Private Equity or hybrid debt/equity instruments.
  • Optimising tax structures – for buyers and seller.
  • Undertaking due diligence.
  • Restructuring.
  • Pensions.

Post-Acquisition Advice

  • Staff retention.
  • Systems integration.
  • Creating management incentive plans – including Employers’ Management Incentive (EMI) schemes.
  • Increasing post-purchase the value of the acquisition.

Your Helping Hand

As well as technical/financial advice, we’ll guide you through the ups and downs of your acquisition. We’ll help steer you away from the perils of adrenaline-rush decision-making – and help you stay focused on your objectives.

Real World Corporate Acquisition Expertise

We‘re more than just UK Chartered Accountants. We’re committed to financial excellence. You can count on our experience.

We understand acquisitions.  We’ve made multiple successful acquisitions ourselves – rather than just advising on them. Stuart Thomson, our MD:

  • Was previously a Private Equity principal.
  • Advised on the PFI of a hospital, the debt restructure of Croydon Tramlink and the National Air Traffic Control System (NATS) privatisation.

Johnsons – Chartered Accountants

  • We’re a growing, full-service, mid-sized firm of Chartered Accountants – and are small enough to care.
  • We’ve currently (February 2024) the resources and expertise to address your corporate finance requirements.
  • Our overheads are significantly less than those of a typical central London firm.

Next Step

Contact us to learn how we can help reduce your acquisition risks – and negotiate a better deal. You’ll be pleased you did.